About UWP


The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership exists to help protect the economic, natural, and scenic values of the Upper Uncompahgre River Watershed.  The Partnership works to inform and engage all stakeholders and solicits input from diverse interests to ensure collaborative restoration efforts in the watershed.


The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership (UWP) was created in spring, 2007, when regional groups and concerned citizens applied for a watershed-planning grant. The UWP is a grassroots coalition of citizens, nonprofits, local and regional governments, and federal and state agencies dedicated to understanding, restoring and protecting land and natural resources within the Uncompahgre Watershed.

Geography of the Uncompahgre River Watershed

The Uncompahgre River drains 1,115 square miles of the Gunnison Basin in southwestern Colorado.  This drainage area includes parts of Delta, Montrose, Ouray, Gunnison, Hinsdale, San Juan and San Miguel Counties in southwest Colorado.  The elevation ranges from 14,158 feet at the peak of Mt. Sneffels to 4,915 feet at the mouth in Delta.  The Uncompahgre River originates in Lake Como at 12,215 feet in the Uncompahgre National Forest.  It flows approximately 75 miles northwest past the City of Ouray, Town of Ridgway, City of Montrose, and Town of Olathe and joins the Gunnison River at Confluence Park in the City of Delta.

UWP Programmatic and Environmental Goals for 2013-2015

Final Uncompahgre Watershed Plan (most recent version as of January 18, 2013)

Board Members

(click on names to see member profiles)

Executive committee: Chair Anthony Ramsey • Vice Chair Dennis Murphy • Secretary Judi Chamberlin • Treasurer Scott Williams

Directors: Dudley CaseK. Michael Johnson • Jay Montgomery • Gary Roberts • Brad Wallis