In November 2011 Jeff Crane, then the Executive Director of the Colorado Watershed Assembly, was invited by local citizens to help establish the Purgatoire Watershed Partnership by initiating community meetings. Jeff was responsible for coordinating stakeholders, organizing speakers (Colorado Water Conservation Board, Colorado/Kansas Compact), facilitating initial meetings, identifying and participating in grant proposals (Cooperative Watershed Management Program), contributing a VISTA volunteer for a year and researching watershed issues. In July 2012, Jeff applied for and was awarded a $100,000 Cooperative Watershed Grant through the Bureau of Reclamation. With that the Purgatoire Watershed Partnership (PWP) was formed with a mission to “proactively acquire and maintain a watershed-wide stakeholder partnership aimed at the assessment, restoration, protection, and improvement of all aspects regarding the Purgatoire River Watershed”. In early 2013 Jeff was contracted by the Purgatoire Watershed Partnership to develop a comprehensive watershed plan for the entire 3,449 square mile Purgatoire River watershed. The project was delivered on time and within budget in February 2014.