COALITION FOR THE UPPER SOUTH PLATTE

A Healthy Watershed ~ Now and in the Future

aka CUSP   |   Lake George, CO   |  www.cusp.ws

Mission

To protect the water quality and ecological health of the Upper South Platte Watershed through the cooperative efforts of stakeholders with emphasis on community values and economic sustainability.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

John Geerdes

Main address

PO Box 726

Lake George, CO 80827 USA

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Formerly known as

Upper South Platte Watershed Protection Association

EIN

84-1469785

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Fire Prevention / Protection / Control (M24)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We understand that environmental challenges don’t stay within jurisdictional boundaries; therefore solving them can’t happen as long as we confine ourselves to lines drawn on maps, and; We need everyone who depends on a resource, who has a stake in the outcome, to come to the table and work cooperatively in order to succeed in addressing the most pressing environmental problems.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Forest Health

CUSP AIDES PROPERTY OWNERS IN THE CREATION OF DEFENSIBLE SPACE AROUND DWELLINGS AND OTHER STRUCTURES, WORKS WITH COMMUNITIES TO WRITE COMMUNITY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLANS, AND MONITORS ENVIRONMENTAL OUTCOMES OF FOREST MANAGEMENT PROJECTS ON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LANDS.

Population(s) Served
Adults

WE WORK ON RESTORING RIPARIAN AREAS AND PROPER RIVER FUNCTION TO REDUCE SEDIMENTATION AND IMPROVE HABITAT FOR FISH AND WILDLIFE, AND FOR RECREATION.

Population(s) Served
Adults

CUSP WORKS WITH STUDENTS THROUGHOUT THE WATERSHED AND IN COLORADO'S FRONT RANGE.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Environmental Education work with local school districts, including monitoring trips to High Creek Fen.

Number of invasive species removed from managed area(s)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

RIVER RESTORATION

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Focus on A & B List invasive weeds and invasive snails and mussels in waterways throughout the watershed and surrounding areas. 140 Acres treated for weeds in 2019.

Acres of land that have been reforested by the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Forest Health

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Planted 600 trees in burn areas in 2020.

Number of burned acres rehabilitated

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Forest Health

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Work in Weston Pass Burn area, continuing work in Hayman and Waldo Canyon burn areas

Acres of wildfire mitigation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Forest Health

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Mitigation through Neighborhood Chipping Program, Slash Sites, and mitigation programs

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Protection of ecological health and water quality. We believe that ecological health and water quality are essential to society and we are dedicated to their protection and enhancement.
We must ensure the sustainability of the natural resources within the watershed. We strive to maintain options for future generations.
The power of coalition. We believe in bringing together many interests.
Community. We respect the values of the people we serve. We recognize the unique values of different communities and interest groups. We believe in grassroots action.
Voluntary action. We believe in a voluntary, nonregulatory, non-mandated approach
Economic sustainability. We recognize the economic needs of the local communities and the dependence upon the natural resources and will suppo

1.Identify problem areas of degraded water quality or ecological health and strategic targets for on-the-ground projects through effective monitoring, analysis, and planning processes.
2. Identify actions to protect and restore water quality and ecological health that can be implemented with local stakeholders.
3. Facilitate or perform successful on-the-ground projects.
4.Coordinate monitoring and maintenance of data (including GIS and mapping data) developed by CUSP or other partner entities and organizations.
5.Educate and engage residents, upstream and downstream stakeholders.
6. Ensure the viability of the organization, including increasing non-grant funding.

Over 20 years of experience has empowered CUSP to grow into one of the leading organizations of its type in the country. We have received many national and regional awards and recognition for our efforts. We have continued our leadership across the state and the nation, participating in a variety of larger initiatives, such as the national Fire Adapted Communities network.

CUSP is celebrating our second decade of service in the Upper South Platte Watershed. We completed the Greater Woodland Park Community Wildfire Protection Plan, more than doubling the area where we are planning work. The plan will enable CUSP and our partners to strategically implement fuel mitigation projects in the years to come.
We also find time to work on trails, water quality monitoring, environmental education and a myriad of other programs that benefit out watershed and communities.
Our weed program is a small part of our work, but we are seeing significant reductions in the invasive species in our watershed by partnering with private landowners to treat weeds on their property.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Stakeholders in the Upper South Platte Watershed. This includes residents, property owners, land management agencies, government, downstream water users, recreationists in the area.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Suggestion box/email, One on one information gathering,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Participation in regional advisory committees and public outreach to inform and advise stakeholders of actions they can take to protect the watershed, and how CUSP can help.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Feedback informs us of the stakeholder's priorities, and how we can focus our efforts to support those priorities.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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COALITION FOR THE UPPER SOUTH PLATTE

Board of directors
as of 11/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lynne Buchanan

Karen Berry

Jefferson Conservation Dist

Lynne Buchanan

Interested Individual

Mary Dawson

Aurora Water

Marc Dettenrieder

Teller County

Swithin Dick

Centennial Water

Dan Drucker

CCWCD

Tom Eisenman

Park County

Eric Howell

Colorado Springs Utilities

Jim Idema

Interested Individual

Lynda James

USPWCD

Don Logelin

Pikes Peak Trout Unlimited

Patrick O'Connell

Jefferson County

Suzanne O'Neill

CO Wildlife Fed

Zak Humbles

Douglas County

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/7/2020,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/10/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.