Shortly after the devastating flood of September 2013 on the Colorado Front Range, Jeff was tapped by the Colorado Water Conservation Board to assist communities in identifying local needs, developing emergency bank stabilization projects, organizing watershed master planning projects, advocating for local natural stream restoration and leading the State’s Technical Assistance Team. The team was tasked with developing eleven (11) new watershed coalitions in the flood-affected watersheds to build consensus and cooperation among diverse stakeholder groups including landowners, local government, environmental and recreational organizations, agriculture and others. In addition, the team developed criteria for master plans for each of the watersheds and designed and implemented emergency stream stabilization projects. Since the establishment of the new coalitions the team regularly assists State officials and watershed coalitions with project reviews, budget analysis and technical criteria for the implementation of $70 million worth of stream and floodplain restoration projects developed and prioritized by the stakeholder coalitions. The team provides project development assistance to the coalitions to ensure compliance with multiple federal granting requirements and advice on cost-effective restoration treatments.
Crane Associates has also contracted with the Federal Highway Administration and the Colorado Department of Transportation to design and implement stream restoration in conjunction with the reconstruction of Highway 36 and Larimer County Road 43. Crane Associates also serves as an advisor to CDOT on the reconstruction of Highway 34 in Big Thompson Canyon and several highway/river crossings in the South Platte Basin.
Jeff lives in Carbondale, Colorado and enjoys river rafting, skiing, bicycling and hiking with his family.