Water Program

Did you know that the Gunnison River is the 5th largest tributary to the Colorado River? That makes the Gunnison Basin headwaters of the highest priority for our community to keep healthy for generations to come. The High Country Conservation Advocates Water Program aims to enhance the health of stream and riparian ecosystems by protecting healthy instream flows, improving water efficiency and conservation through local partnerships, and by using the best science available to collaborate with water resource managers about water management planning.

In our over 25 years of advocacy on behalf of the Gunnison Basin’s rivers, we have influenced state and federal water policy by speaking from a local perspective with deep science-based expertise. Check out the links above to learn more about what we’re currently working on. For more information about what HCCA works on with water quality issues, check out this link under our Red Lady page.

Support healthy headwaters! Help us meet our $15,000 matching goal.

HCCA Water Program Director, Julie Nania, explaining her favorite ecological aspects of Brush Creek. Photo: Lydia Stern   Dear Friends, I am contacting you today because we have an unprecedented opportunity to raise $30,000 to support our efforts to protect local...
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A Step Backwards for Coal Impacted Streams

Thinking about brighter days on the water. Photo: Lydia Stern Our basin continues to make strides forward with protecting local water resources. However, environmental protections for streams have recently been challenged at the national level. In December 2016 the...
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Watershed Management Planning: Let the Planning Commence!

The signature meandering bends of the East River. Photo: Brett Henderson In November the Upper Gunnison River Watershed Management Planning Committee applied to the Colorado Watershed Restoration Program (CWRP) for funding to support watershed management planning in...
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Julie Nania

Julie Nania

Water Program Director

After graduating from University of Colorado Law, Julie has spent the past three years as part of the research faculty at the University of Colorado through appointments with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and Colorado Law’s Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment. Her work at the University involved collaborating with a range of local communities to address natural resources and climate issues. Most recently, she worked with Native American communities to advocate greater instream flow protections for reservation rivers and to address drought and climate issues on the Navajo Nation.

Julie is originally from Liberty Lake, Washington. She received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. When she is not protecting the natural beauty of the rivers in Gunnison County, she plans to spend her time exploring new trails and carving up Colorado’s finest slopes.