About Us

The mission of The Watershed Center is to protect and restore watersheds for people and the environment using a collaborative and science based approach.


In pursuit of our mission The Watershed Center endeavors to carry out the following goals:


Use collaboration and the best available science to understand watershed conditions across ecosystems and the solutions needed to increase watershed resilience to climate change and other challenges.


Build a shared stewardship ethic among stakeholders, scientists, and community members through engagement, collaboration, outreach, and connection.


Plan and implement cross-boundary projects that protect healthy ecosystems, mend impaired ecosystems, and prepare watersheds for the impacts of climate change.

Who We Are

Established in 2005, we have strong roots in our community and we are led by a diverse board of enthusiastic stakeholders. We value science and community, and embrace these values to implement on-the-ground projects. While we maintain our roots in Left Hand Creek Watershed, we strive to apply our locally-developed tools regionally for the benefit of all Front Range watersheds and communities.

History of The Watershed Center


Watershed Insights

A collection of articles about The Watershed Center in history

First in Time, First in Right

Colorado’s First Inter-basin Water Transfer and the Coffin versus Left Hand Ditch Water Case

How did an 1879 water conflict in the Left Hand Creek headwaters come to influence water law in nine western states?

Captain Jack White Raven Mine

Captain Jack Superfund Site

and Left Hand Creek’s Legacy of Mining

Following the discovery of gold in Denver in 1859, it did not take long for miners to work their way up the creeks into the mountains, panning for gold and searching for the veins from which the nuggets came.

Haystack Mountain


Is it a volcano?

Standing rather proudly in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains along the front range of Northern Colorado is a very unique little mountain affectionately known as Haystack Mountain, earning its name by the early dairy farmers who settled on its flanks.

Meet Our Staff

Watershed Center Staff

Meet Our Board Members