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River Stewards

River Stewards is an outreach group of the Roaring Fork Conservancy. Its mission is to inspire young river enthusiasts ages 24-40 to explore, value and protect the Roaring Fork Watershed. 

Objective: Protect the Roaring Fork Watershed by focusing on water quantity, water quality and riverfront/riparian habitat protection. The River Stewards work to educate young river enthusiasts of the aspects of the Roaring Fork Watershed and encourage them to get involved. 


Want to get involved and support the River Stewards?

  1. Learn more about being a member of the River Stewards and its benefits
  2. Join RFC's mailing list and receive River Currents (semi-annual newsletter) and River Notes (monthly email update).
  3. Connect with us on Facebook
  4. Register for an event
  5. Make a one-time donation
  6. Volunteer or sponsor an event 

Steering Committee


COLIN CARES is an analyst at Backbone Media in Carbondale. He grew up in Boulder, CO,  but always dreamed of living on western slope where the rivers (and fish) tend to be bigger. After completing a bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colin spent a year in Frisco, CO before moving to the Roaring Fork Valley. When he’s not fishing or taking his old Avon raft down the Roaring Fork, Colin is likely skiing or mountain biking. One thing Colin likes most about the Roaring Fork Valley is how passionate people are about their hobbies, and he is excited to join the River Stewards to engage these individuals in river-related efforts.



NICK KILBOURN is a design engineer with Sopris Engineering.  Nick is originally from Burlington, VT and obtained his B.S.in Civil Engineering from Norwich University. Nick’s appreciation for the mountains began at an early age, skiing and fishing in the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain. Since moving to the Roaring Fork Valley in 2005, Nick has had the pleasure of working closely with many of Colorado’s western municipalities, guiding their infrastructure master planning to balance the needs of future growth with prudent water quality practices. He is excited to bring his practical engineering perspective to the River Stewards, and advocate for water quality and environmental responsibility on behalf of RFC.



MEAGHAN LYNCH is a Public Relations and Social Marketing Manager at the Aspen Skiing Company.  Meag has a Bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and post-grad MBA/Masters in Accounting from Northeastern University. After a brief stint in the corporate world with PriceWaterhouse Coopers in New York City, the draw of the mountains was too strong to resist. Meag packed the car and made her way to the Valley and it has been home ever since. Meag can often be found exploring the west with her tiny teardrop trailer in tow. A passion for skiing, paddleboarding, trail running and fishing to name a few has fueled an urge to help protect and raise awareness for the incredible playground that surrounds us – the River Stewards board has served as a wonderful resource of which Meag is proud to be part.



LEAH MANCABELLI is a landscape designer with DHM.
Growing up in northeast Ohio on the Cuyahoga River (the infamous and fiery catalyst of the Clean Water Act and eventually the EPA) Leah learned to have quite a bit of reverence for conservation starting at a young age. That and her passion for design lead her to pursue a Bachelor of Science is Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University with an emphasis in ecological systems. She came to this valley for an internship one summer and knew she'd be back for good! Her free time is split between seeing just how far she can get into the backcountry in her trail runners or on my split-board before Monday rolls back around, and patiently treading the rivers in this valley with her fly rod. 



LAUREN PIERCE is the executive director of the Chris Klug Foundation. Raised in the Finger Lakes of Upstate NY, it would be difficult to find her out of the water. She attended St. Rose, where she was the captain of the swim team and began working for the City of Albany, graduating in 2005. The mountains started calling her name and after a week long ski vacation, she knew the Roaring Fork Valley was to be her home. Lauren began an 8-year long career with the City of Aspen at the Wheeler Opera House. The highlight of working at the Wheeler was providing a platform for non-profit organizations and advocacy groups to tell their stories and spark conversations. Currently with the Chris Klug Foundation, she is advocating for organ and tissue donation and celebrating those touched by transplantation. You can find Lauren floating and fishing the local rivers with her dog Bear. She is proud to inspire, young and old alike, to respect and protect the Roaring Fork Watershed. 



CHRIS VAUGHAN is the Reservations and Revenue Manager for Crestwood Condominiums in Snowmass where he "sells the dream." He has been visiting Colorado since he was a baby learning to ski at the age of 3. He grew up in Grain Valley, Missouri, and after graduating from Baker University in Kansas, where he was a kicker for the football team, he finally got to move to Colorado. Fifteen years can fly by when you're having fun! The mountains and its rivers have quite the hold on him. Chris feels he must live the dream in order to sell the dream, so he can be found knee deep chasing trout in one of the many rivers the Roaring Fork Valley offers or ripping down one of the mountains on skis or his bike. The River Stewards gives him the chance to help protect the rivers and watershed, along with helping to educate otherson its importance to us and the things we enjoy!


Contact Us

Roaring Fork Conservancy

PHONE: (970) 927-1290
EMAIL: info@roaringfork.org

PO Box 3349
Basalt, CO 81621

22800 Two Rivers Road
Basalt, CO 81621

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