Ditch Rider, Shearer Ditch
Duane has worked for the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks for the last 14 years as a Water Resource Specialist. In addition to taking care of the Shearer Ditch, Duane surveys, draws up plans and supervises construction of improved diversion structures on Boulder's creeks. He has assisted with building the headgates of the South Boulder and Cañon, the Anderson and the McGinn ditches, so that they allow fish passage up and down the creek. These major projects were funded by a consortium of the City of Boulder, the Ditch Company, Fish &Wildlife, and Trout Unlimited.
Duane grew up on a small farm in Nebraska, served in the Army for 2 years, and worked for the U. S. D. A. Natural Resource Conservation Service (formerly Soil Conservation Service) in Colorado for 40 years, where he surveyed and built earthen flood retaining dams throughout the state. Duane's retirement from the Conservation Service lasted only 2 weeks, before he came to work for the City of Boulder. "I figured Boulder wouldn't hire me because I was so old, but I guess they thought I could relate better to some of the old-timers," says Duane.