Upper South Platte Partnership


Since 2015, the Upper South Platte Partnership (USPP) has been working with a “stronger together” approach as a collaboration between government agencies, water providers, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and fire protection districts. Together, these partners share a vision of sustainable and resilient landscapes, healthy forests, proactive and engaged fire-adapted communities, with safe, effective, and efficient fire response and management in the Upper South Platte watershed.

Want to know more? Contact:

Audrey Miles-Cherney
USPP Watershed Coordinator


The Upper South Platte watershed, in the foothills west of Denver, CO, supplies 80% of the water for Denver’s 1.3 million residents. This same area is also at an extremely high risk for large and catastrophic wildfires, such as the Buffalo Creek Fire that burned 12,000 acres within two days or the Hayman Fire that burned over 135,000 acres, and is Colorado’s largest recorded wildfire.

In the event of severe wildfires, water infrastructure can become choked by flowing debris. The aftermath of the Hayman Fire, dredging reservoirs and other repairs alone lead to $27 million in costs. Today, Colorado is in a critical era of water protection and increased action is required.

Complementing the vision, purpose, and accomplishments of the USPP, in 2019 the Upper South Platte Watershed was selected by the Rocky Mountain Restoration Initiative as a high-priority landscape in which to provide additional support.


The Colorado Forest Restoration Institute supports the Upper South Platte Partnership by facilitating the development of criteria for project success, collaborating with partners, providing scientific knowledge, as well as performing ecological monitoring of treatment areas.

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