The latest issue of CFWE’s “Headwaters” is hot off the presses #COWaterPlan

March 2, 2015

More Colorado Water Plan coverage here.

The latest “Headwaters Pulse” is hot off the presses from the Colorado Foundation for Water Education

February 16, 2015


Click here to read this issue. Here’s an excerpt:

Advancing the water dialogue through leadership

Greetings Reader,

This is an exciting time at the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. Staff and Board just updated our strategic plan. Our work, as called for in our founding legislation, will be guided by a strategy that helps Coloradans make “informed water decisions”.

For me, that means we examine and understand the trade-offs of alternate actions… where civil debate moves the discussion past positions to implementable solutions and uncommon allies work together. Does this resonate with your idea of a sustainable water future?

CFWE’s many upcoming programs epitomize these values. We will soon announce the 8th class of Water Leaders, who will join almost 100 graduates in receiving leadership skills. Just a couple weeks back, we hosted an advanced training for alumni to explore the urgent leadership challenges of our time and how we can collaborate to have the greatest impact. It is one of my greatest privileges to run this program and be surrounded by such thoughtful professionals.

Two of our newest programs are advancing the water dialogue. The Water Educator Network is setting the bar for water education in Colorado where we work with educators statewide to strengthen the amount, quality and effectiveness of water education. These members will convene at a symposium on March 11 in Westminster to showcase their accomplishments and set an ambitious agenda moving forward.

And, you may have heard about CFWE’s inaugural Water Fluency course, which launches this spring to educate local leaders on the implications of water policy and planning decisions to create positive change in their community. Here we’re widening our reach to those who may not see themselves as water decision-makers, but in fact are. Registration opens the first week of March.

These forms of education allow our participants to cross boundaries and appreciate diverse perspectives. I’m hopeful that future generations will benefit from this welcoming environment for conversations about water. Join CFWE in cultivating that vision and let’s have fun doing it! –Kristin [Maharg]

More Colorado Foundation for Water Education coverage here

Connecting the Drops: #COWaterPlan discussion Sunday, January 25

January 23, 2015
Colorado Water Plan website screen shot November 1, 2013

Colorado Water Plan website screen shot November 1, 2013

From email from the Colorado Foundation for Water Education:

Join radio listeners around Colorado for a statewide conversation on Colorado’s Water Plan during a live call-in discussion this Sunday January 25th from 5-6 pm.

Hear from:

  • James Eklund, Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board
  • Jim Pokrandt with the Colorado River Water Conservation District
  • Chris Woodka with the Pueblo Chieftain
  • Listen online or on the radio with KGNU, KRCC, KDNK and other community radio stations across the state. Your calls and questions will be welcome at 800-737-3030, engage online by emailing or join the discussion on Twitter using #cowaterplan. Hear about the basics of the water plan, how you can get engaged, what input is still needed and phone in to ask your questions and direct the discussion.

    Sunday’s program is part of Connecting the Drops, a collaboration between the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and Rocky Mountain Community Radio Stations.

    More Colorado Water Plan coverage here.

    Headwaters Pulse: January 2015 — Colorado Foundation for Water Education

    January 14, 2015

    Crop circles -- irrigated agriculture

    Crop circles — irrigated agriculture

    Click here to read the latest newsletter from the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. Here’s an excerpt:

    The Efficiency Dilemma

    Colorado today dedicates a whopping 89 percent of the water it uses to agriculture. That water is diverted into ditches and reservoirs to sate farm fields and pasture lands that, in turn, feed cattle and other livestock—and, of course, people. As agricultural water right owners face increasing pressure and competition from cities, efforts are underway to improve the efficiency of irrigation methods and keep Colorado ag viable. Through rapidly advancing technologies, producers are finding ways to stretch a limited resource, while at the same time accomplishing other goals, such as improving water quality, achieving labor savings and, often times, increasing the productivity of the land. It’s complicated, however, as efficiency comes at a cost, both financially and through changes to whole systems that have grown to rely on agricultural return flows—flows that diminish as upstream farmers grow more efficient.

    Learn about the experiences of those who are forging ahead in “The Efficiency Dilemma,” covered in Headwaters Fall 2014 issue, which focused on the Eastern Plains region. Find the article here.

    More Colorado Foundation for Water Education coverage here.

    Say hello to the Headwaters Pulse newsletter from the Colorado Foundation for Water Education

    November 24, 2014
    Headwaters Pulse cover November/December 2014

    Headwaters Pulse cover November/December 2014

    Click here to read the newsletter. Here’s the introduction from Nicole Seltzer:

    CFWE is proud to bring you our new e-newsletter, Headwaters Pulse. We’ve been working hard to find new ways to deliver engaging, balanced content on water. CFWE doesn’t just do print anymore! This is where we will pull together our latest great content in a modern, readable, online format. While this will never replace Headwaters magazine, we have a limited printing and mailing budget, so sharing stories electronically will grant more people easy access to relevant coverage of Colorado water issues.

    In this monthly e-news, you’ll find features from Headwaters magazine; recent content from our blog, our members and our staff; upcoming events from CFWE and its partners; radio stories; and eventually interviews, videos and much more. We’ll share not just news stories, but our other important programs such as tours, Water Leaders, online instruction, as well as the good work of our partners and members.

    CFWE recently invested in our website to make it easier to sign up online and manage your communication preferences. This allows you to tell us what kind of information you want, and how often. Feel free to share Headwaters Pulse with your peers and encourage them to sign up so they, too, can begin to “speak fluent water.” CFWE aims to be the first stop for balanced, accurate information and education on Colorado water issues. I hope you agree this is a step in the right direction.

    More Colorado Foundation for Water Education coverage here.

    The Fall 2014 issue of Headwaters magazine is hot off the presses from the Colorado Foundation for Water Education

    November 18, 2014
    Headwaters magazine Fall 2014 cover

    Headwaters magazine Fall 2014 cover

    Click here to go to the Colorado Foundation for Water Education website to read the issue. Well researched articles by great writers.

    While you’re there join the crew to support water education.

    Colorado’s Water Plan: Hickenlooper to receive draft after re-election…and a reminder of why the plan matters to us

    November 14, 2014

    Coyote Gulch:

    It’s interesting the the Colorado Water Plan conversation is dominated by transmountain diversions. Those basins that don’t have any more water to develop believe that there is available water in the Colorado River Basin. People in the basin not so much.

    Originally posted on Your Water Colorado Blog:

    The 2014 Colorado gubernatorial election was an exciting one, deemed too close to call throughout election day and into the next morning as counties tallied their final votes. In the end, Coloradans granted Gov. John Hickenlooper his bid for a second term.


    “We embark on Colorado’s first water plan, written by Coloradans, for Coloradans.” — Gov. John Hickenlooper, speaking on May 13, 2013, the day he directed the CWCB to prepare a state water plan.

    Regardless of who the many folks engaged in drafting Colorado’s Water Plan voted for, there is a sense of continuity now that the results are final. Whether or not gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez would have changed the direction of the water plan is speculative, but certainly possible. And with less than a month before the plan’s first draft is due on the governor’s desk, I’m betting the staff and board of the Colorado Water Conservation Board…

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