About the Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group

The Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group is made up of about 25 citizen experts representing a diversity of interests who were selected to study the Poudre River and formulate cooperative actions based on what they learn. This invitation-only group has been meeting since October 2012, continuing to build relationships and to put in action the initiatives they have identified, “to make the Poudre River the world’s best example of a working river that’s also healthy.”

Participants are chosen for their expertise related to the Poudre River, including those from the agricultural, environmental, municipal, industrial, recreational, business, development, and other sectors. The group also intentionally seeks to include individuals associated with a wide diversity of organizations and interests. Those chosen must embrace the value of collaboration.

2020-2021 Work Group Participants

 TitleAffiliation Community
Dan Brown *AttorneyFischer, Brown, Bartlett & Gunn; P.C.Fort Collins
Carol CochranOwnerHorse and Dragon Brewing Company Fort Collins
Donnie DustinWater Resources ManagerCity of Fort Collins UtilitiesFort Collins
Meegan FlennikenLand Conservation Planning and Resource Program ManagerLarimer County Department of Natural ResourcesFort Collins
Don Frick General Manager/General CounselWater Supply and Storage CompanyFort Collins
Rob GravesOwnerMorning Fresh Dairy FarmBellvue
Emily HuntDeputy Infrastructure DirectorCity of Thornton Thornton
Rob JohnsonBroker and FarmerA. Bruce Johnson & Associates, Land Resource Specialists Greeley
Ken Kehmeier *Aquatic Biologist, RetiredColorado Parks & WildlifeFort Collins
Greg KernohanDirector of Ecosystem ServicesDucks Unlimited Great Plains Region Fort Collins
Heather KnightAssociate Director of Practice ProgramCenter for Collaborative ConservationLivermore
Jennifer KovecsesExecutive DirectorCoalition for the Poudre River WatershedFort Collins
Steve MalersFounder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Technology OfficerOpen Water FoundationFort Collins
Chris MatkinsDistrict ManagerFort Collins-Loveland Water DistrictFort Collins
Patrick McMeekinVice President of Land Development, PartnerHartford HomesTimnath
Brad ModesittOwnerMountain Whitewater Fort Collins
Jennifer Petrzelka *Water Resources Operation ManagerCity of Greeley Water and Sewer DepartmentFort Collins
Andy PinedaAgricultural EngineerLarimer & Weld Irrigation CompanyEaton
Richard RainesWater Resources ManagerTri-Districts Water ResourcesFort Collins
Matt RobenaltUrban Redevelopment & Public Finance Project ManagerFort Collins Downtown Development AuthorityFort Collins
Troy SeaworthFarmerSeaworth Ag EnterprisesWellington
Mark SimpsonPoudre River CommissionerColorado Division of Water ResourcesLoveland
Jeff Spohn Senior Aquatic Biologist Colorado Parks and WildlifeDenver
John Stokes *DirectorCity of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department Fort Collins
Doug SwartzRetired City of Fort Collins UtilitiesFort Collins
Zach ThodeManagerRoberts RanchLivermore
Dale Trowbridge *General ManagerNew Cache La Poudre Irrigating Co. & Cache La Poudre Reservoir Co.Eaton
Wade WillisOpen Space and Trails ManagerTown of WindsorFort Collins
Brad WindGeneral ManagerNorthern WaterBerthoud
* PRTI Steering Committee

PRTI Conveners/Facilitators

Julie Kallenberger Associate DirectorColorado Water Center
Heather KnightAssociate Director - Practice ProgramCenter for Collaborative Conservation
Emma Enebo Student Intern Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, and Colorado Water Center
  • June 5, 2014
    • Agenda
    • Summary
    • Seaworth Farms and Munroe Canal/Pleasant Valley Pipeline Diversion Field Trip Photos:

Previous Work Group Participants

Diana AungstFlood Plain ManagerWeld County, Planning Department
John BartholowEcologist, Retired U.S. Geological Survey
Brian BledsoeHydrologistUniversity of Georgia
Jeffrey BoringResource SpecialistLarimer County, Natural Resources Department
Tim BrownFarmer Brown Farms
John Bustos Jr.RetiredU.S. Forest Service
Ray CarawayChief Executive OfficerJF Maddox Foundation
Pete ConovitzWater Resource SpecialistColorado Parks and Wildlife
Sean CroninExecutive DirectorSt. Vrain & Left Hand Water Conservancy District
April GetchiusRetiredTown of Timnath
Dennis HarmonGeneral Manager, RetiredWater Supply and Storage Company
Scott HummerManagerNorth Poudre Irrigation Company
Mark KoleberThornton Water Project DirectorCity of Thornton
Wynne OdellPartnerOdell Brewing Company
Eric ReckentineDistrict ManagerNorth Weld County Water District
Jim ReidheadRetiredLarimer County Rural Land Use Center and UniverCity Connections
Doug RobothamColorado Water Project DirectorThe Nature Conservancy
John SandersonDirector of Conservation ScienceThe Nature Conservancy
Bill SearsPresidentAmerican International Investment & Trading Co.
Rich ShannonVice PresidentPinnacle Consulting Group - Real Estate Development
MaryLou Smith Policy & Collaboration Specialist, RetiredColorado Water Center, Colorado State University
Steve SmithManagerNorth Poudre Irrigation Company
Susan SmolnikWater Resources EngineerCity of Fort Collins Utilities
Bob StreeterRetiredU.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited, Colorado Parks & Wildlife
George VarraPoudre River Commissioner, Retired Colorado State Engineer's Office; Farmer, George Varra Farms
Robert WardDirector, RetiredColorado Water Center, Colorado State University
Reagan WaskomDirector, RetiredColorado Water Center, Colorado State University

Organizations with which PRTI Work Group Members are Affiliated

American Canoe Assoc. | American River Assoc. | American Water Resources Assoc. | Big Thompson Watershed Forum | BreWater | Cache La Poudre Reservoir Company
Cache La Poudre Water Users Assoc. | Center for Collaborative Conservation | City of Ft. Collins Natural Areas Dept. | City of Ft. Collins Natural Resources Advisory Board
City of Ft. Collins Utilities | City of Greeley Water and Sewer Dept. | City of Thornton | Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed | Colorado Ag Water Alliance | Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts | Colorado Cattlemen’s Assoc. | Colorado Conservation Exchange | Colorado Division of Water Resources | Colorado Dry Bean Assoc. | Colorado Open Lands | Colorado Open Space Alliance | Colorado Parks & Wildlife | Colorado State University | Colorado Water Center | Colorado Water Congress | Community Foundation of Northern Colorado | Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance | Ducks Unlimited | East Larimer County Water District Embrace Northern Colorado | Family Farm Alliance | Ft. Collins Conservation District | Ft. Collins Downtown Development Authority | Ft. Collins Housing Authority | Ft. Collins-Loveland Water District | Ft. Collins Water Board | Four States Irrigation Council | Larimer County Agricultural Advisory Board | Larimer County Farm Services Admin. | Larimer County Natural Resources Dept. | Larimer County Stock Growers Assoc. | Lower Poudre Augmentation Co. | Metro Roundtable | Morning Fresh Dairy, Noosa Yoghurt | Mountain Whitewater | National Audubon Society | The Nature Conservancy | The New Cache La Poudre Irrigating Co. | North Poudre Irrigation Co. | North Front Range MPO | Northern Water | North Weld County Water District | Open Water Foundation | Participants in Halligan/Seaman Water Mgt. Project | Pheasants Forever | Poudre Heritage Alliance | Poudre River Trail Corridor Inc. | Poudre River Trust | Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory | Rocky Mountain Flycasters | Save the Poudre | South Platte Basin Roundtable | St. Vrain & Left Hand Water Conservancy District | Town of Windsor | Town of Timnath | Trout Unlimited | UniverCity Connections-Poudre Group | U.S. Forest Service | U.S. Geological Survey | Water Education Colorado | Water Supply & Storage Co. | Weld County | Weld County Underground Water Users Assoc.