In 2014, following the catastrophic flood in the Fall of 2013, the St. Vrain Creek Coalition was formed and tasked by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to generate a St. Vrain Creek Watershed Master Plan, published in November 2014:
The original coalition membership represented the municipalities and agencies that comprise the primary stakeholder group impacted by the 2013 flood’s damage. After the public process of completing the Master Plan, in 2015 the Coalition’s membership was expanded to a broader scope of stakeholders including community representation. Today the coalition membership includes 36 individuals representing the diversity of the community responding to flood damage and recovery including: municipalities, governmental agencies, private landowners, agricultural interests, recreational interests, educational, and business interests.
Three St. Vrain Anglers Chapter members have volunteered to bring representation to the Coalition. Dan Wolford sits on the Advisory Council as the representative for Reach 1 (confluence of the St. Vrain with Boulder Creek upstream to the eastern corporate limits of Longmont). Josh Rickard on the Advisory Council as its angling representative. Barbara Luneau is the Advisory Council conservation representative and also sits on the Board of Directors.
The new Coalition obtained a grant to hire a full-time watershed coordinator and program assistant. In July 2015, Rebecca Tyer accepted the position of watershed coordinator. The coalition now has a very useful website.
The mission of the coalition is to implement the Saint Vrain Creek Master Plan and pursue recovery from flood impacts, resiliency to natural hazards, and protection of the natural character and multiple uses of the Saint Vrain watershed, through broad stakeholder engagement and collaboration. In pursuing this, the coalition’s work has been focused on start up and establishing itself, identifying opportunities to maximize project funding and implementation, responding to CWCB project ranking requests, and seeking funding for under-met needs.