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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


QUINN HARNETT is a Design Engineer with JVA Consulting Engineers and an endurance sports nut. Quinn grew up in northeast Ohio with the nearby Cuyahoga Valley National Park being the inspiration for his love of rivers and trails. After earning a degree in Ecological Engineering with an emphasis on stormwater design from The Ohio State University, he moved to the Roaring Fork Valley and started his career as a civil engineer. Outside of work Quinn spends his time running far on trails that follow many of the tributary streams to the Roaring Fork  River and up the mountains that hold the watershed's snowpack, cycling along the Rio Grande Trail and up nearby singletrack, or skiing both up and down at Aspen and Sunlight. He is eager to share his passion for water with those around him, especially as he continues to learn more about the unique system that is water in the Western U.S.



ALEX HELLER is a river engineer with RiverRestoration in Carbondale. Alex grew up in Buena Vista, CO, where she developed a deep appreciation for the mountains through trail running, backpacking, hunting, and snowboarding. She received her B.S. in civil engineering from Colorado State University in Fort Collins and worked in Denver for several years before finally relocating back to the mountains to focus on stream restoration projects. Since moving to the Roaring Fork Valley, Alex has enjoyed being a part of a community that cares so much for its watershed. She is excited to bring her engineering knowledge and passion for outdoor recreation to the River Stewards team.




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.





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. 





PJ MURRAY grew up in Flagstaff, AZ where rivers and water became a source of joy, adventure and a way to connect with others. Growing up appreciating water led her to attend Colorado State University for Civil Engineering with a concentration in water resource management. After graduating she moved to the Roaring Fork Valley to work for the City of Aspen Engineering Department as a project manager where she has worked on many water quality, quantity projects and educational programs. You’ll often find PJ out playing in the mountains or the rivers, hiking, biking, rafting and skiing. PJ looks forward to educating, protecting and connecting with others about the Roaring Fork River, its tributaries and the importance of this resource in our lives. 




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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