Since 1998 the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) has worked to protect the 2,600-square-mile watershed that reaches from the Continental Divide to Strontia Springs Reservoir, southwest of Denver.
The watershed is a recreational mecca with over 1.6 million acres of public lands; it provides municipal water for about three quarters of Colorado’s residents; it is renowned for its "gold-medal" fishing streams; and it is home to numerous threatened and endangered species.
The Upper South Platte Watershed varies in elevation from about 6,000 to over 14,000 feet above sea level and contains five major municipal and several smaller reservoirs.
CUSP works with partners to provide essential services such as project planning, implementation, and monitoring within the watershed. Our commitment to the land and the people it serves is unparalleled.
CUSP's crews work tirelessly, whether on-the-ground or in the boardroom, to ensure communication, cooperation and completion of vital programs. Working with volunteers, we plant thousands of trees each year, restore habitat, and improve recreational opportunities.
Our crews also remove damaged and diseased trees, and help reduce the threats from wildfire upon our communities.
Each year presents new challenges, and each year CUSP meets or exceeds its goals. You or your organization can help by becoming a member (we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so your donations are tax deductible), or by volunteering to help on projects. The people and the land are one. They must serve each others needs, Now and in the Future.