Groundwork Denver is leading a comprehensive watershed planning effort for Lower Bear Creek. Bear Creek is a major tributary of the South Platte River that flows from its headwaters on Mount Evans about 42  miles until it meets the South Platte in Sheridan. Bear Creek offers a great recreational resource to neighborhoods throughout the Denver-metro area, with extensive parks, natural areas and a paved multi-use path. Unfortunately, Lower Bear Creek is considered “impaired” for recreational use due to E.coli contamination. It is also threatened by trash, oil and grease, and nutrient pollution.

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With the assistance of the National Park Service RTCA, Groundwork Denver is facilitating a steering committee of stakeholders to guide the watershed planning effort. Our work includes technical analysis of pollution loading and possible sources, water quality and watershed data collection, stakeholder engagement through volunteerism, and community outreach and education.

Partners in the watershed planning effort include the City of Sheridan, Lakewood residents, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, Denver Environmental Health, Denver Parks & Recreation, Jefferson County, Cutthroat Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and Environmental Protection Agency Region 8.

If you live, work or play near Lower Bear Creek, your input in the watershed planning process is important.  Share your thoughts, priorities and ask questions here.  Or, contact Rachel Hansgen, Program Manager at 303-455-5600 or