The James Creek Watershed Initiative (JCWI) is a grass roots community based organization located in Jamestown, Colorado whose mission is to “engage the community in protecting the waters of James Creek and the forest ecosystem surrounding it”. The organization was founded by Mark Williams in 1997 as a Masters Degree project at the University of Denver. Start-up funding was provided by an EPA Regional Geographic Initiative grant, under the umbrella of the Town of Jamestown. In 2000, the Initiative received its 501 (c)(3) status as a non-profit organization.
Since its formation, JCWI has provided a holistic approach to environmental protection by sponsoring public education and outreach activities, organizing volunteer groups for stream clean-ups and restoration, organizing the community around forest management and water quality issues and building partnerships with stakeholders. JCWI has successfully established partners with several organizations and governmental agencies.
- River Watch water quality monitoring of 5 sites on James Creek and one on Little James Creek as part of the River Watch Program (1997-present).
- Town of Jamestown’s Revised Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan (1998).
- Stream Team program at the Jamestown Elementary School (1998-2000).
- Fair Day Meadow Restoration with Wildland Restoration Volunteers and USFS (1999-2000).
- James Creek 2000: State of the Watershed Report (2000).
- Town of Jamestown’s Revised Watershed District Ordinance and Revisions (2000-2014).
- Closure of County Road 102J to protect Jamestown’s source waters (2000-2001).
- Turbidity Study of James Creek with the University of Colorado (1998-2001).
- Field Source Analysis Report identifying sediment sources into James Creek (2003).
- James Creek Restoration Projects, a 319 Non-point Source Grant project (2000-2006).
- Owens Flats Restoration Project with Wildlands Restoration Volunteers and USFS (2002).
- Jim Creek Fest (2000-2004).
- Overland Fire Tree Project providing trees to fire victims (2004-2005).
- Jamestown Fire Hall Flood Prevention Project with AmeriCorps volunteers (2004).
- Overland Fire Mulch the Gulch Project preventing further flooding in Jamestown (2005).
- Lefthand OHV Area Restoration Projects, a 319 Non-point Source Grant project (2006-2011).
- Porphyry Waste Rock Reclamation Project, a 319 Non-point Source Grant project (2010-2012).
- Septic Pumping Rebate Program, a source water protection program (2008-present).
JCWI’s Director, Colleen Williams, has received the following awards for her local watershed protection efforts:
- Environmental Achievement Award from the EPA for “superior leadership of the James Creek Watershed Initiative” (2000).
- Colorado Nonpoint Source Hall of Fame award from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for protecting water quality in Colorado (2005).
- Pacesetter Award for the Environment from the Boulder Daily Camera (2006).
- Forest and Grassland Partner of the Year award from U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region 2 (2008).
- Colorado Nonpoint Source Hall of Fame award from CDPHE for watershed stewardship (2011).
JCWI has obtained Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s 319 Nonpoint Source Grant funding for the following projects and has successfully managed these projects at the local level:
JCWI Restoration Projects (319 Grants Funded) Years Total Project Cost
James Creek Watershed Restoration Project: Phase 1 2000-2002 $30,380.00
James Creek Watershed Restoration Project: Phase 2 2003-2006 $146,503.90
Lefthand OHV Area Restoration Project: Phase 1 2006-2008 $377,436.59
Lefthand OHV Area Restoration Project: Phase 2 2008-2011 $388,284.92
Porphyry Wasterock Reclamation Project: 2010-2013 $143,950
Colleen Williams, Executive Director
James Creek Watershed Initiative
P.O. Box 110
Jamestown, Colorado 80455
Phone: (303) 449-2621