The mission of the Left Hand Watershed Center is to assess, protect, and restore Left Hand Watershed and serve as a resource for other watersheds using a collaborative, science based approach.
Left Hand Watershed Center (formerly Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group) was the few watershed coalitions that existed on the Front Range prior to the 2013 flood. Between 2005 and 2015, we primarily focused on mine related issues and conducting water quality monitoring.
In 2015, we grew from the flood by implementing millions of dollars of projects and building a robust set of watershed programs that holistically address and respond to watershed health issues. In the past four years, we've developed a unique niche as science-based organization, with a business model, programs, and tools for holistically addressing watershed health related to both the land and communities within.
Now, four years' post-expansion, our board has decided to grow again, using our successful management system and business model to have a greater impact regionally. Today, we continue to maintain our roots in Left Hand Creek Watershed, while also applying our locally developed tools regionally for the benefit of all Front Range watersheds and communities.
"We feel that LWOG has done a good job bringing the appropriate stakeholders to the table. Completion of this project is vital to our community moving towards long term stream restoration recovery from the September 2013 flood." -- Mark Schueneman, President, Lower Lefthand Creek Flood Recovery, Inc.
"The enhanced creek corridor contributes to the natural landscape atmosphere highly valued by the community." -- Tara Schoedinger, Mayor of Jamestown
"The (Left Hand Water) District's Board of Directors has been impressed with the way that this organization has met the challenge in implementing necessary projects identified in the Left Hand Creek Master Plan (AMEC, 2014)" -- Chris Smith, General Manager, Left Hand Water District