Colorado Water Infrastructure


Jul 29 2021


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Virtual Speaker Series – Managing Aquatic Resources

River Journey Speaker Series

Listen, discuss, and learn as we continue our series addressing issues of water conservation and river preservation to raise awareness among the community, water ecology experts, and decision makers.

July 2021 – Managing Aquatic Resources

Grand County Learning By Doing is a unique partnership between Colorado’s east and west slope water stakeholders. Learn about their goal to maintain, restore, and enhance the aquatic environment in the Fraser, Williams Fork, and Colorado River basins and their tributaries in Grand County.

Registration Requested | All Ages Welcome | $5 Suggested Donation





Rachel Badger is a Senior Environmental Planner and Project Manager at Denver Water whose over 25 years of experience includes project and program management as well as technical support, coordination and oversight, and preparation of state, local, and federal planning and permitting documents. She has a breadth of experience in managing complex and multidisciplinary National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance documentation including Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), and has provided strategic advice directly to partners, clients, and project teams through various regulatory paths. Ms. Badger collaborates with her team of environmental, soil, watershed scientists; planners; and biologists in the Environmental Planning Section of the Water Resources Strategy department at Denver Water. She offers a breadth of expertise in strategy for complex planning and permitting projects, and skill in coordinating public outreach, agency consultation, and stakeholder engagement.

Anna Drexler-Dreis, Coordinator with Learning By Doing, has lived and work in Grand County for over a decade. She graduated from CSU with a B.S. in Watershed Management and completed her master’s in Integrative Land Management at Western State Colorado University. During her time in Grand County she has worked for the nonprofit Colorado Headwaters Land Trust and now owns a consulting business. Through her consulting she is Coordinator for Grand County Learning by Doing and the Upper Colorado River Wild & Scenic Stakeholder Group, both of which are examples of East Slope-West Slope Colorado water partnerships, and helps to manage Grand County’s Open Lands, Rivers, and Trails Fund. In her free time she can be found gardening, biking, skiing, and rafting with her husband and 1-year old.

Edward Moyer is County Manager of Grand County, Colorado. In addition to managing all non-elected County departments and day-to-day operations, he is responsible for all county water matters, including implementation and administration of all Colorado River Cooperative Agreement and Windy Gap Firming Project agreements involving Grand County. Ed serves as Grand County’s representative to the Learning By Doing Management Committee, Grand County Mutual Ditch & Reservoir Company, and the Colorado River Basin Roundtable; he also serves as Grand County’s Senate Document 80 Representative. Prior to County Manager, Ed served as Grand County’s Assistant County Manager for 9 years and worked for 17 years in local government planning, private sector development and consulting. Ed grew up on the west slope, has lived in Grand County for 24 years and is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. He enjoys archery hunting, fly fishing, and floating down the river with his family.

Jessica Alexander has worked as an Environmental Scientist for Denver Water since 2015. An ecologist by training, Jess is passionate about wetlands and river ecosystems. Jess currently oversees Denver Water’s river restoration and noxious weed management efforts on the East and West Slope. She also manages Denver Water’s environmental mitigation and enhancement projects in compliance with Clean Water Act/Section 404, NEPA, Endangered Species Act, and FERC hydropower project permits. Jess has been highly involved in Grand County’s Learning By Doing Cooperative Effort, where she represents Denver Water on the Technical Committee and Monitoring Subcommittee. Jess holds a Master’s degree in Biology from California State University, Sacramento. Jess is proud to call Colorado home, and in her spare time enjoys gardening, hiking, and skiing.



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Winter Park, CO 80482

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