Boulder Waterkeeper Leaders
Boulder Waterkeeper organization is led by individuals in Boulder Colorado with a distinct passion and enthusiasm for water, hydrological and ecological issues:
Ted Ross – Boulder Waterkeeper
Retired business strategy and technology consultant. Watershed advocate. SSI SCUBA Dive Master. University of Michigan BSE.
Gary Wockner – Chair
Consultant to scientific, political, and environmental organizations. River Warrior resisting dams and diversions worldwide. Save The Poudre: Poudre Waterkeeper. Save The Colorado. University of Colorado MS, PhD. Author River Warrior: Fighting to Protect the World’s Rivers.
Vicki Nichols Goldstein
Ocean protection organizer and advocate. Executive Director Inland Ocean Coalition. Founder Colorado Ocean Coalition. Formerly NOAA. Formerly Save Our Shores (SOS). Yale University MS.
The Boulder community has a long and significant history of environmental activism. Many individuals are focused on, committed to and have a significant history with the issues facing creek. These local Watershed Advocates include:
Willie Culkin A native of southern New Jersey, Willie’s passion for rivers and watershed health started along Rancocas Creek and while exploring the rivers of the state’s Pine Barrens by canoe. He came to Vail, Colorado in 1985 to, “check it out for a year” and never left. A thirty-year Boulder resident, Willie worked in the restaurant industry, then had long stints with Celestial Seasonings and IBM. He brings relationship-building skills and deep community ties to Boulder Waterkeeper’s outreach and education efforts. Willie holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from CU Boulder and lives a few steps away from South Boulder Creek.
Art Hirsch Environmental Engineer. 30 years of experience in the areas of water quality, stormwater management and engineering-sustainability. Michigan State University BS Fisheries and Wildlife, CU Boulder MS Environmental Engineering. Clients include Federal Highway Administration, Colorado and New Mexico Departments of Transportation, World Bank and USAID. Technical expertise in Engineering sustainability, Stormwater management (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4 permit, Regulatory compliance and auditing, Construction erosion control program development and training, Post Construction Revegetation management and training, Unmanned Aerial System monitoring and surveys, Climate change adaptation and risk management, Surface water management and watershed impact analysis, Analytical chemistry and data analysis.
Michael Thomason Director of Physics Learning Laboratories at the University of Colorado Boulder for thirty-eight years. President of Emergency Family Assistance Association and on the boards of Boulder Youth Symphony, Physics Instructional Resource Association and Boulder Rights of Nature. Active in social and environmental justice and the global transition to sustainability. Enjoys live music, travel, trail running, weightlifting, cycling, kayaking and life on the west face of Starr Peak.
Wallace Westfeldt Boulder native. Fly fishing in Colorado for most of his life. Kayak instructor, whitewater river guide, baseball coach. Successful career in high-tech transitioned to time on the water in 2008. Teaches Introduction to Fly Fishing classes and hosts Salt Water trips. ‘My Dad took me fly fishing on the Roaring Fork when I was 8 years old. Fifty years later, I’ve discovered helping folks hook into a fish with a fly rod can be as much fun as catching them yourself.’