Julie Nania will be joining the High Country Conservation Advocates team as the new Director of the Water Policy Program this August. 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 excited about the opportunity to help further HCCA’s mission. After her first year of law school, Julie served as a summer associate with EARTHWORKS’s in Missoula, Montana. While addressing the impacts of hardrock mining activities on communities and stream ecosystems, she learned firsthand about the impacts that mining operations can have on water resources. “I am excited to join the Crested Butte community and to carry on High Country Conservation Advocates’ impressive legacy of preventing environmental degradation”, stated Julie. “I am also proud to follow in the footsteps of outgoing Director Jen Bock, who has done a tremendous job of working to protect and restore streams and rivers in the Gunnison Basin.” “With such and outstanding staff, supportive board, and engaged community members, I have no doubt that HCCA will continue to meet the pressing water resources challenges of our region.”
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.