Meeting Multiple Objectives
Coalition Building for the Benefit of Many
Jeff’s approach to watershed planning and project implementation is to find solutions to water issues that solve multiple objectives.
2013 Flood Recovery Watershed Master Planning
Crane Associates was contracted by the Colorado Water Conservation Board shortly after the September 2013 flood to lead 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 assisted State officials with project reviews, budget analysis and technical criteria for the implementation of $100 million worth of stream and floodplain restoration projects developed and prioritized by the stakeholder coalitions.
Reference: KC McFerson, Program Manager, Colorado Water and Land Use Planning Alliance; Kc.firstname.lastname@example.org; (303) 864-7887
The team provides project development assistance to the coalitions to ensure compliance with multiple federal granting requirements and advice on cost-effective restoration treatments. Jeff supervised the criteria and development of eleven watershed master plans between 2014 and 2015 that delivered prioritized projects for eventual implementation by the State flood recovery program.
Federal and State Agencies
Jeff has been associated with the following organizations:
The Clean Water Network (board member)
America’s Great Waters Coalition (delegate for the Colorado River Basin in Washington, DC)
The Statewide Water Supply Initiative
EPA’s National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy & Technology
Colorado Interbasin Compact Committee Public Education (Outreach Subcommittee)