We All Live in a Watershed

A watershed is specific basin where rain and snowmelt drain into local streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs. Bear Creek Watershed extends from Mt. Evans in Clear Creek County to Bear Creek Reservoir in Morrison.  The main streams are Bear Creek and Turkey Creek. Bear Creek Watershed drains into the South Platte River. How we use land and live in our watershed alters its water resources. Bear Creek Watershed Association (BCWA) works to protect and restore water and environmental quality in our watershed in accordance with Colorado stream standards and classifications.



Geo-locate all eleven BCWA informational signs, collect the keywords from each sign, and share your findings by e-mail. Don’t forget to look for the different animals on the signs. All of these animals are found somewhere in the watershed. Each sign has GPS coordinates that show where the upstream and downstream signs are found from your present position. You’ll find the first sign at the entrance to a Jefferson County School Outdoor Learning Facility. When you find

this first sign, you will read

Look around -you are surrounded by vast conifer forests and alpine meadows, rich with diverse plants, fish, and wildlife. A watershed is a living classroom where you learn about water quality, plant ecology, biology, wildlife management, fisheries, hydrology, forest care, environmental protection, climate change, and more. A watershed also includes its people and how we care for the land. You can make a difference by becoming watershed smart.


The BCWA challenges you to take a geo-locate trip through our unique and world-class Bear Creek Watershed.


The Bear Creek Watershed Association protects and restores water & environmental quality within the Bear Creek Watershed from the effects of land use

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Updated 6-2-2017