The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership (UWP) was created in spring, 2007, when regional groups and concerned citizens applied for a watershed-planning grant. In 2013, UWP became a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to understanding, restoring and protecting land and natural resources within the Uncompahgre Watershed. UWP’s projects are completed though partnerships with a grassroots coalition of citizens, nonprofits, local and regional governments, and federal and state agencies
The Uncompahgre River is named by the Ute people, the watershed’s early inhabitants. The staff and board of UWP recognize that the Upper Uncompahgre River Watershed, where we do our work, is located on the Ute’s ancestral lands, and we acknowledge their historic and contemporary connection to these resources.
The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership exists to help protect the natural, scenic, and economic 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.
Goal 1) Monitor and improve water quality
Goal 2) Improve and maintain riverine ecosystem function
Goal 3) Improve seasonal low flows and water supply
Goal 4) Promote awareness of watershed science and conditions to diverse stakeholders and the general public
Goal 5) Provide scientific guidance for and support sustainable recreation opportunities
UWP’s Approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)
We recognize that stakeholder diversity includes age, gender, race, religion, socioeconomic status, cultural background, physical ability, geographic location, and other aspects of identity.
The staff and board of UWP strive to be inclusive, create an environment that welcomes diverse stakeholders to participate in our activities, and implement projects with goals of benefiting everyone.
We endeavor to plan, design and carry out our activities in a manner that fosters equitable participation and benefits for diverse stakeholders.
We understand that our personal biases, conscious and unconscious, may limit our effectiveness in our DEI efforts, so we will seek out people and resources to help us discover new opportunities that will advance our efforts.