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WRA’s team of policy experts, scientists, economists, engineers, and attorneys has three decades of working where decisions are made, sweating the details, creating evidence-based solutions, and holding decision makers accountable.

John Cyran

Healthy Rivers Senior Staff Attorney


Healthy Rivers

Office Location

Boulder, Colorado

Area of Focus

John is a seasoned attorney with extensive expertise and experience in a broad variety of western water rights and water rights administration matters.  He uses this wealth of experience to seek out practical solutions to protecting and improving our western rivers and environment in a manner that serves and sustains our recreators, farmers, and communities.


John joined Western Resource Advocates in 2020.  Prior to joining WRA, John represented the Colorado Water Conservation Board in its work in protecting Colorado Rivers, served as chief counsel for the Colorado State Engineer on all Colorado water matters, worked as a Water Referee for the Colorado Water Court, represented Colorado in negotiations involving the Colorado River, and managed a law firm representing ditch companies, tribes, small municipalities and other water users on a wide variety of water rights issues.


John has a decree in Philosophy from Cornell University and graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Favorite thing about the West

Spending time in the mountains with his family.

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