WHO WE ARE
The Bear Creek Watershed Foundation is a funding support organization to benefit the Bear Creek Watershed Association. The Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation established in January 2020. The Foundation is established as a funding source for projects and programs. It will establish various mechanisms for 1) funding preservation and restoration projects; 2) supporting outreach, education and training watershed programs; 3) advocating for and supporting watershed scientific programs and research (focused on water quality or environmental health); and 4) support of other affiliated partnerships, that protect, restore and preserve the Bear Creek Watershed and associated water quality monitoring region.
2021 BOARD MEMBERS
Stormwater Quality Coordinator, City of Lakewood
I was raised in Colorado and performed water, oil and gas development and production throughout Louisiana, Colorado and Wyoming for 10 years. B.S. Environmental Land Use with Geology Minor from MSCD. Stormwater Quality Coordinator for the City of Lakewood since 1996 and founding member of the Colorado Stormwater Council in 2006. I have contributed 24 years to the design, implementation and enforcement of municipal NPDES permit programs and currently manages those Clean Water Act programs for the City of Lakewood.
Member of the Colorado Water Quality Forum
Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers
Co-Chair of the Bear Creek Watershed Association
Member of the Colorado Stormwater Council
Member of the Colorado Water Congress
*U.S. Army, Mechanized/Airborne Infantry 1987 through 1997
Open Space Park Supervisor, City of Lakewood
For the past 13 years I have supervised all maintenance and operations of the City’s open space parks, totaling more than 6000 aces. This includes Bear Creek Lake Park, William Frederick Hayden Park and Bear Creek Greenbelt, and includes park ranger operations, maintenance, natural resource management, recreation management and environmental education. I graduated from Colorado State University in 1998 and have more than 18 total years in the natural resource management field, including employment as a law enforcement ranger with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service and additional experience with Jefferson County Open Space, Colorado State Parks and the City of Colorado Springs. My additional qualifications include: two natural resources law enforcement academies, EMT certification, wildland firefighter, pesticide application qualified supervisor, water rescue specialist, trail crew leader and Aquatic Nuisance Species inspector.
I have always had a passion for making Evergreen and surrounding areas a better place to live. During my tenure in Evergreen I have come to know many employees that work at the Evergreen Metro District aka Water Department. Cactus Jack’s is next door to the Water Department and it has its benefits. My goal in working on the Board is to help create ideas for fundraising. Once you see the project list you will agree with me the importance to fund these projects. I have lived in Evergreen for 20+ years. I have raised my children, one graduating this year. I also own property downtown Evergreen where Cactus Jack’s resides. Oh and that…My husband (Gary Mitchell) and I have owned Cactus Jack’s Saloon & Grill for 20 years this July. We are invested in the town of Evergreen and the greater Colorado. Megan Mitchell
Director and Manager of Bear Creek Watershed Association. I have 45-years water quality, environmental, biological and hydrogeology experience. I have a Master of Science degree in Biology, University of Guam, where I spent 12 years as a marine biologist and water resources specialist. I was the Environmental Resource Manager/Director with the Denver Regional Council of Governments for over 16 years. I now own and operate a small water and environmental resource consulting business (RNC Consulting LLC). I have over 33-years of Colorado experience in the environmental and water resources fields. Research and professional expertise include ecosystem ecologist, marine and freshwater biologist, lake & reservoir limnologist, and extensive work in the fields of geology, paleontology, water chemistry, hydrology, and species systematics. I testified before the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission in over 140 rulemaking and informational hearings. I am the manager for the Bear Creek Watershed Association. I have assisted the Association with its watershed management program for 32-years.
WHAT WE DO
The Foundation can receive, solicit, administer and disburse gifts, grants, devises, bequests or other conveyances of real and personal property or the income derived there from for the benefit of the Bear Creek Watershed Association. The Foundation will seek donations from the watershed public and recreational users of the watershed. The Foundation will actively solicit federal, state and corporate grants.