Gretchen Watkins

Restoration Project Manager

Joined 2024

Gretchen joined CFC in 2024 after she brought in a speaker from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for her Big Sky High School Engineering students to learn about the Silver Bow Creek Restoration, They were amazed we could fix past industrial pollution and her students inspired her to get back into restoration. Before teaching Gretchen worked as a hydrologist, engineer, and water resource specialist for public and private institutions protecting human and environmental health by designing and regulating infrastructure. Right out of grad school she worked for USFS Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District setting up contracts for fish passage and stream restoration. Her longest job was managing the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Clean Water Act Section 106, 319, 303 and 404 programs where she wrote and implemented the first federally approved numeric tribal water quality standards in EPA Region 5. Gretchen has her MS in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University and BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In her free time, she enjoys being outside with her family and friends in the mountains and waterways of the Northern Rockies.