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Kelly Romero-Heaney

2016 Water Leaders Class

Romero-HeaneywebKelly Romero-Heaney has endeavoured to understand, protect, and enhance the health of the Yampa River watershed throughout her 15-year career in watershed management, environmental compliance, and water supply planning. As the water resources manager for the City of Steamboat Springs she strives to integrate the diverse water demands of a community that relies on the river for its municipal and recreational needs while supporting the unique ecosystem of a free-flowing river. As a sixth-generation Colorado native, Kelly’s passion for western rivers stems from her hope to see her state move into a more sustainable water future—one that provides for healthy streams amidst growing communities.

Kelly began her career collecting data on the headwater streams of the Medicine Bow/Routt National Forest after graduating from the University of Montana with a degree in Environmental Geology. She currently serves on the Yampa-White-Green Basin Roundtable, the Board of Directors for the Colorado Watershed Assembly and the Community Agricultural Alliance, and she founded and now serves on the Technical Committee for the Upper Yampa Watershed Group. Kelly lives a stone’s throw from the Yampa with her husband, Geovanny, and their kiddo, Luke. 

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