Western Slope man receives national river-conservation award | SummitDaily.com

Western Slope man receives national river-conservation award


Jeff Crane, executive director of the Colorado Watershed Assembly, was named a “National River Hero” at the recent National River Rally, hosted by the River Network. River Network, along with Tom’s of Maine, presented the River Heroes Awards, which celebrate rivers and those who protect them. The National River Heroes are nominated and selected by peers.

Crane is a hydrologist specializing in stream restoration, irrigation diversion and habitat-enhancement projects with a major emphasis in water resource engineering and hydrology. In 1996, Crane helped establish the North Fork River Improvement Association to help rally support for the restoration of the North Fork of the Gunnison River.  

Crane’s experience building coalitions to address river issues in the North Fork watershed lead him to partner with other watershed leaders to form the Colorado Watershed Assembly in 1999. The Colorado Watershed Assembly is an advocate and support network for a statewide coalition of over 70 local citizen groups working to protect the health of their unique watersheds. The assembly provides a statewide voice to increase public awareness of watershed issues and plays a variety of roles in supporting grassroots organizations.

Crane currently resides in Hotchkiss, about an hour southeast of Grand Junction.

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