About Us

James Creek's Headwaters are within the Indian Peaks Wilderness


The  James Creek Watershed Initiative was formed in 1996 as a grass roots  community based organization committed to watershed protection.

The mission of the Initiative is to engage the community in  protecting the waters of James Creek and the forest ecosystem  surrounding it.

The Initiative’s Goals:

  • Maintain the water quality of James Creek
  • Prevent degradation and restore damaged areas
  • Educate and involve stakeholders in watershed issues
  • Facilitate cooperative efforts among multiple agencies
  • Build partnership and share knowledge with others

JCWI is a Colorado 501 (c) (3) corporation.

Board of Directors:

Michelle Durant, Lynda Bell, Sterling Bennink, Buddy Kihm, Rick Rudy, Tim Stokes, Denise Straus, Mark Williams

Volunteers gather for a day of closing illegal motorized trail


JCWI offers opportunities for hands-on stewardship of the watershed

Volunteers work on the James Creek Riparian Corridor Restoration Project


Projects have lasting positive impacts for the watershed community

James Creek Riparian Restoration Project

Removing invasive plants and amending soil


As a result of the September 2013 flooding, JCWI secured funding through the Healthy Rivers grant sponsored by the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

Site preparation scarified the soil and helped remove invasive cheat grass


Initial post-flood fill at these sites where houses once stood introduced invasive grasses

Plant species were selected for their appropriate use in the riparian environment.


Planning and landscape design were integral to the implementation.

Volunteers contributed many hours in the planting.


Several volunteer work days provided a great hands-on experience resulting in a much improved area.



One of the sites before weed removal and soil amendment.



The same site after the planting.


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James Creek Watershed Initiative

James Creek Watershed P. O. Box 110 Jamestown, CO 80455 US

(303) 449-2621


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