Crane Departs CWA

Colorado Watershed Assembly (CWA) Executive Director, Jeff Crane, announced his resignation from the organization at the Annual Watershed Assembly Conference in October. The CWA was a major part of Jeff’s life for the last 14 years, first as one of the founding members in 1999, then as a member of the original Steering Committee, followed by a term as Board President, and for the past seven years as the Executive Director. Jeff believes wholeheartedly in the CWA’s mission to provide leadership and support to Colorado’s watershed groups to enhance their ability to conserve, improve, and protect the state’s watersheds. He has seen significant improvements to the natural environment and local water resources through the collaborative actions of citizen groups. “It is remarkable,” said Jeff, “what communities can accomplish when they work together to plan and implement projects designed to provide solutions to problems that address all stakeholders.” The CWA has had many accomplishments throughout its formative years and Jeff is “proud to have been a part of that.” The CWA has provided resources to watershed groups through a variety of venues to include: 

  • Annual Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference.
  • Healthy Rivers Fund: Legislation initiated by the CWA that now provides funding to watershed groups through a voluntary state income tax check-off.
  • Inflow Network: An electronic weekly newsletter providing information on conferences, events, funding opportunities, jobs, trainings, and relevant watershed news.
  • Measureable Results Program: A monitoring program for river restoration projects.
  • River Watch: A volunteer water quality monitoring program offered primarily through schools.
  • Watershed planning and organizational start-up assistance for watershed groups.

Jeff plans to continue working towards collaborative efforts in watershed restoration through Crane Associates, a consulting firm based in Carbondale, specializing in project development, river restoration, and watershed planning. Says Crane, “I'm not going away so don't be a stranger. I can be reached at [email protected] or at 970-261-5043. Happy trails and keep up the good work.” Best to you, too, Jeff and thank you for so many years of dedication, effort, and hard work on behalf of our watersheds!