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American Whitewater hires New Colorado Stewardship Director

Posted: 03/07/2007
by Ben Van Camp

American Whitewater is excited to announce that we have hired Nathan Fey as our new Colorado River Stewardship Director. This new position builds on our regional approach, where the AW Stewardship Team is in place to lead, train and support community-based activism representing the interests of boaters and the rivers we care for.  Nathan joins the AW River Stewardship Team led by Kevin Colburn (National Director), Thomas O'Keefe (Pacific Northwest Director) and Dave Steindorf (California Director).


Nathan brings to AW a wealth of knowledge and experience related to protecting and restoring Colorado’s whitewater rivers.  Nathan is a fifth generation Coloradoan and has been paddling rivers throughout the state for over 15 years.  Nathan has a degree in Environmental Studies and has worked for several years with federal and state agencies, national and statewide non-profits, and local community groups to protect river resources in western Colorado and throughout the state. He is the former Executive Director of the San Miguel Watershed Coalition, and a Core Committee member of the Dolores River Watershed Coalition, both in Southwestern Colorado. He has also served on the Advisory Board of the SW Colorado Program of The Nature Conservancy, and the Colorado Watershed Assembly.


In 2005, Nathan received the William C. Kenney Foundation’s Leadership Grant award, a prestigious award supporting individuals working to address water resource issues in the western United States. With support from the River Network and the Kenney Foundation, Nathan has formed a grassroots community River Stewardship Movement in the Uncompahgre River basin in southwest Colorado.


While continuing his efforts on the Uncompahgre, Nathan now joins American Whitewater as our Colorado Stewardship Director.  In this role he will assist the paddling community with river conservation and access projects across the state.

Kevin Colburn
Asheville, NC

Associated Projects

Colorado SWSI (CO)
Colorado's Statewide Water Supply Initiative may very well determine the fate of Colorado's whitewater rivers by dictating how much water can be removed from rivers to serve a growing population.