Watershed & Flood Protection Section

Email  Kevin Houck, P.E., Section Chief Kevin Houck
Call 303-866-3441 x3219 
Kevin Houck is the Chief of Watershed & Flood Protection for the CWCB, and is responsible for supervising and directing the work of professional staff, multiple consultant contracts, and seasonal/temporary staff. He is a Certified Floodplain Manager and a registered Professional Engineer and has been with the CWCB for 9 years following 8 years of private consulting work. He works frequently with the Board, the Attorney General's Office, the Legislature, and other stakeholder groups to develop and implement new statutes, regulations, and policies that are pertinent to the agency's mission. He also has project management responsibility for levees, multi-hazard mitigation planning, flood response and preparedness activities, and engineering design. He previously served as the Community Assistance Program Manager and Project Engineer prior to his appointment as Section Chief. Kevin is the Chair of the Colorado Flood Task Force. He is a past Chair of the Colorado Association of Stormwater & Floodplain Managers, and past Board Member for the Association of State Floodplain Managers.

Email  Thuy Patton, EI, CFM, Floodplain Mapping Coordinator 
Call 303-866-3441 x3230
Thuy is in charge of the FEMA Floodplain Map Modernization Program for the CWCB. She is a member of the Colorado Association for Floodplain Managers and the Association of State Floodplain Managers as well. Other areas of responsibility include:
  • Managing significant federal investments to direct statewide modernization of floodplain maps, including the creation of digital floodplain maps and the eventual update and maintenance of such maps
  • Coordinating floodplain mapping and local project development, developing scopes of work, and acting as the liaison between FEMA and local governments, insuring shareholder needs are met project to project
  • Providing public outreach regarding the DFIRM project status and additional outreach for the Map Modernization Program

Email  Doug MahanCommunity Assistance Program Coordinator 
Call 303-866-3441 x3221 
Doug serves as the State Coordinator for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and manages the Community Assistance Program for the CWCB. Other areas of responsibility include:
  • Providing assistance for communities regarding the NFIP
  • Conducting public outreach, education and training through workshops, newsletters and public meetings
  • Coordinating with FEMA and other State programs to emphasize the importance & progress of the NFIP and related activities
  • Providing general technical assistance and engineering support for communities and for mitigation grant programs.

Email  Chris Sturm, M.S., CFM, Stream Restoration Coordinator 
Call 303-866-3441 x3236
Chris is responsible for implementing the goals and objectives of the watershed protection/multi-objective stream restoration work in the state. Other areas of responsibility include:
  • Managing the CWCB Watershed Restoration Program
  • Implementing the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund and the Fish and Wildlife Resources Fund
  • Planning strategies to support water supply needs in Colorado
  • Conducting GIS analysis and cartographic design
  • Providing community outreach, education and general technical assistance

Email  Vacant, Floodplain Engineer
Call 303-866-3441 x3209