Clear Creek Watershed Foundation (Idaho Springs, CO)


  • Name:Diane Kielty
  • Title:Project Development Coordinator

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Clear Creek Watershed Foundation
  • Address:2060 Miner Street
    P.O. Box 1963
    Idaho Springs, CO 80452
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:303-567-2699

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  • Mission:
  • Incorporated in 1997, the Clear Creek Watershed Foundation (CCWF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the ecological, aesthetic, recreational and economic conditions in the Clear Creek Watershed through comprehensive and cooperative efforts with watershed stakeholders. This includes, but is not limited to, improving the water quality of Clear Creek and its tributaries. We believe that promoting and coordinating projects—ranging from inactive mine remediation to outreach / education, from alternative energy production / use to water and wastewater management will make Clear Creek and its communities a sustainable watershed.

  • Overview:
  • CCWF’s mission is to promote sustainable natural resource management throughout the Clear Creek Watershed. The everyday choices we make as consumers, voters, business managers, civic leaders, and policy makers have environmental, social, and financial impacts. We all need a balanced perspective of the ecology and economy of our valuable natural resources — past, present, and future — so that informed decisions are made and positive actions are taken. We are requesting The Lawrence Foundation financial support to help fund this unique one day event. To our knowledge, there isn’t a comparable Watershed Festival anywhere else in our region.

    The Clear Creek Watershed Festival is a one-day event where the general public, or watershed citizens as we say, can become immersed in all things Clear Creek. Highly concentrated information is presented about the factors that affect the beneficial uses of the river such as water supply, recreation, agriculture and aquatic life. Home of the 1859 Colorado Gold Rush, the Clear Creek Watershed is also one of the most valuable recreational and ecological resources along Colorado’s front range, offering ample, accessible opportunities to experience nature by fishing, rafting, kayaking, hiking, biking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing.

    The Clear Creek Watershed Festival is designed to reach out and engage the Clear Creek Watershed Community, which includes all who live within the 525 square mile watershed and hundreds of thousands of others who depend on its resources for drinking water, recreation and as a magnificent transportation corridor with unique historical values and community destinations. Interstate 70 (I-70) runs through the center of the watershed, parallel with Clear Creek, making this area a key recreational and tourist destination with numerous historic districts, landmarks, and byways. An estimated 11 to 12 million vehicles per year travel through the Clear Creek corridor, with nearly 60,000 local, national, and international visitors each year to the Idaho Springs Visitor Center and Heritage Museum which houses the current Clear Creek Watershed Exhibit.

    The watershed community uses the Festival as a means of efficient communication and experiential education about the many disparate, ever changing issues that impact the watershed. The Festival does offer several unusual recreational benefits, such as instruction on fly tying, fly fishing for kids (in well-stocked waters), gold panning, supervised wall climbing and many other demonstrations. However, The overall intent of the festival has been to increase public and stakeholder awareness of watersheds in general, and the Clear Creek Watershed, specifically. The festival offers an outdoor learning opportunity and the information lends itself to interesting in-classroom and in-home discussions/lessons on watersheds, natural resources, water science, sustainable living, as well as thought-provoking dialogue on how we use natural resources in our everyday lives and what “green” living, sustainable watershed management, environmental stewardship and responsible consumerism really mean. Personal growth in environmental understanding, sense of place and personal responsibility are important quality of life issues.

  • History:
  • As a “Good Samaritan” entity authorized in a 2003 EPA Action Memo, CCWF has been conducting, facilitating and expediting cleanup of the 1,600 or so remaining inactive mine/mill sites not listed as priorities in the Clear Creek / Central City Superfund Operating Units Record of Decision (ROD). This work supports remediation efforts in the Clear Creek/Central City Superfund Study Area. CCWF has also been working under a United States Forest Service (USFS) Administrative Order on Consent. Remediation projects to date include: General Herkimer, Little Sixes, Minnesota Mine, McClellan Mill, Doctor Mine, Gem Site, Dibbens Mine, Sydney Mill and more. While CCWF is sometimes the project lead, much of this work is being accomplished through innovative partnerships, both public and private.

    In addition to remediation work, CCWF promotes and facilitates improved water quality through sustainable watershed management which integrates ecological, economic and social perspectives. In 2006, CCWF was awarded an EPA Region 8 Regional Priorities Grant to develop and implement the Sustainable Watershed Management Plan for Clear Creek Watershed. CCWF continues to cultivate the “culture of cooperation” with ongoing forums, tours, presentations, status documents, and the Watershed Exhibit. We continue to develop and implement our education component, with the goal of educating the next generation on the wise use of their ecological inheritance.

  • Year established:1997
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:3


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Applied For Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:84-1517957

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:841517957
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 1963
  • Organization City:IDAHO SPRINGS
  • Organization State:CO
  • Organization Zip:80452-1963
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:December, 1999
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C32
  • Asset Amount:$87,701
  • Asset Code:3 ($25,000 - $99,999)
  • Income Amount:$264,909
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$264,909
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:31:41 pm

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