Boulder Creek is not all that important. It is not even the largest or most significant watershed in the front range or in Colorado. So why are we creating a Waterkeeper organization for the creek? Because Boulder Creek has three powerful characteristics. First, it is a beautiful waterway that stretches from the glaciers on the 12,000 foot continental divide down through mountain canyons. From here it flows into an active, multiuse environment and then out to the great plains. Second, it is illustrative of most, if not all, of the challenges facing urban waterways, including dams, diversions, contamination, encroachment, mining, fossil fuel extraction and agriculture. Thirdly, the community living in and around the watershed is an aware, attentive and activist community that is eager to learn, leverage and lead water protection efforts locally and on a national and international level.