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The San Miguel Watershed Coalition (SMWC) is an independent not-for-profit established in Telluride, Colorado in 1997.

SMWC works to maintain and improve the ecological health of all 80 miles of the free-flowing San Miguel River. We conduct and facilitate river projects, provide community education opportunities, and conduct water quality testing. SMWC engages stakeholders from throughout the 1,550 square mile watershed—from the western San Juan Mountains to the slick rock canyons of the West End—to participate in collaborative efforts that promote our river’s health and the economic vitality of our watershed’s communities.

Our mission is to protect the watershed.

We need your help

Our purpose is to give the communities and stakeholders in the watershed a voice to direct the future management of watershed resources.

Our ultimate goal

Our ultimate goal is to realize a watershed that is healthy in every respect, while offering a sustainable and quality lifestyle for all who live within it.

A river seems a magic thing.

A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.

Laura Gilpi

River News ...

March 8, 2017
Upper San Miguel Watershed

Upper San Miguel Basin Forest Health Landscape Assessment

A Community Driven GIS Mapping Project The Need… Beetle kill, disease, wildfire, and climate change have the potential to significantly alter the nature of our forest […]
February 17, 2017
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2017 Water Quality Monitoring

The San Miguel Watershed Coalition is set to kick off its 2017 Water Quality Monitoring Program on May 15th. Details… The Coalition currently monitors water quality […]
February 17, 2017
San Miguel River ice flow break

Ice Flow on the San Miguel

On January 28,, 2017 an ice flow occurred on the San Miguel River. Warm temperatures caused an ice dam to break, sending a wall of water, […]

Our Board

The San Miguel Watershed Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, governed by an 6-10 person board. The San Miguel Watershed Coalition was formed in 1998 to enable a collaborative forum for all stakeholders to discuss and influence the future of the watershed. Currently, the executive board consists of the following members:

Deana Drew

Mountain Village Environmental Affairs

Cath Jett

Mountain Village Town Council

Vicki Phelps

The Telluride Institute

Todd Brown

Telluride Town Council

Joan May

San Miguel County Commissioner

Lynn Padgett

San Miguel County Natural Resources

Sonja Allen

Resident of the Town of Ophir

Lexi Tuddenham

Sheep Mountain Alliance