Colorado Foundation for Water Education events


I’ve been remiss in posting links to the events below from the Colorado Foundation for
Water Education. Here goes:

February 12: Water Fluency Spring 2016

Click here to register.

A professional development course to help you understand water and lead with confidence

Course curriculum focuses on:

  • Colorado’s water resources: the role of water in society, the economic value of water, ties to public policy, emerging issues
  • Legal and institutional frameworks: water law and administration, project planning and approval, interbasin projects and agreements
  • Water resource management: watershed health, environmental protection, water quality, natural disasters
  • Colorado water for the future: assessing supply and meeting demand, ecosystem values, conservation and land use, alignment of resources and policies
  • This unique educational experience will increase your water fluency so you can better analyze water’s influence on the issues you deal with everyday and evaluate creative solutions. Become immersed in the language and concepts of water as well as tools for navigating the culture, complexity and future of water management and policy issues. You will leave equipped with relevant knowledge and a new network of peers to create lasting, positive change in your community. If you’re an elected official, a professional interested in water or a community or business leader, this program is for you!

    Registration is now open for Water Fluency Spring 2016: Northern Front Range

    Register here by February 12. A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Members of the Special District Association may be eligible for a 75 percent scholarship, while some 50 percent scholarships are also available thanks to local program sponsors. Water Fluency scholarships are competitive. You can apply for a scholarship after you have completed your registration. Scholarship applicants will be notified by 2/12.

    Participants learn through site visits; four half-day in-person classroom discussions; and online material, presented in partnership with Colorado State University’s online water course, with an estimated total time commitment of 30 hours over 10 weeks.

    Attendance is required at in-person sessions and will be held during the afternoon on the following dates and locations:

    March 2, Greeley
    March 23, Fort Collins
    April 19, Berthoud
    May 10, Longmont photo via Todd McPhail photo via Todd McPhail

    February 26: Water for Commodity Production Tour

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    On February 26, 2016 spend the day with CFWE on our Water for Commodity Production Tour. We’ll explore the relationship between water demands, public policy and economic development, and see innovative approaches in the Pueblo area. Hear about land use policy and planning for economic development, economic return and distribution scale of local agricultural products, industrial hemp and commercial marijuana operations, leasing water for industrial water uses, gain some historical and current context of water for steel production and much more.

    Review the draft itinerary here. Seats are limited and expected to sell out…Register here.

    Ice core storage March 13, 2015 National Ice Core Laboratory
    Ice core storage March 13, 2015 National Ice Core Laboratory

    March 11: Climate & Colorado’s Water Future

    Register here.

    Join us on Friday March 11, 2016 for CFWE’s annual Climate and Colorado’s Water Future Workshop! This year we’ll meet in Boulder to tour INSTAAR’s Stable Isotope Lab and hear from many local experts to learn about Colorado’s crazy climate. Hear and see how researchers use ice cores to understand the composition and temperature of Earth’s atmosphere; explore drought, climate change, the water cycle and ecosystem; find out how changes in climate can alter hydrology and how water managers are preparing and planning for an uncertain future. We’ll come away with new tools to better teach and communicate about climate. View the draft agenda and register here—this annual offering always fills. Reserve your space today!

    * 0.5 credit hour is available through the Colorado School of Mines Office of Continuing Education to teachers requiring graduate-level relicensure hours. Teachers seeking credit must bring a $35 tuition check (in addition to paying the course registration fee) made payable to “CSM Continuing Education” the day of the workshop. Please contact if seeking continuing education credit or with any questions.

    The January 2016 Headwaters Pulse is hot off the presses from the CFWE


    Click here to read the newsletter. Here’s an excerpt:

    Water Leaders applications due Jan. 15

    Applications for CFWE’s 2016 class of Water Leaders are being accepted through next Friday, January 15. Read application requirements, see course dates and scholarship information, and apply here.

    Water Leaders participants receive extensive training in skills related to navigating conflict and diversity, leading self and others, and effective problem solving. You will leave the program with a better understanding of your strengths and how to use them, your challenges and how to work on them, skills to enhance your staff and team management work, and a network of peers to further your career growth.

    #ColoradoRiver: Great American River, The Colorado — Greg Hobbs #crwua2015

    Friend of Coyote Gulch, Greg Hobbs, gave the opening talk at last week’s Colorado River Water Users Association annual meeting and then went trekking around with wife Bobbie and granddaughter Joni. Those of you that know Greg expect a history lesson from him. Here’s his photo poem for you:

    Great American River, The Colorado


    Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Colorado River Water Users Association


    Delph Carpenter’s 1922 Colorado River Basin Map, Mead and Powell


    Powell the Upper Basin



    Mead the Lower Basin



    Before us the River is


    Peoples tunnel to the Light


    Through which the River flows


    Through the land


    Out of the great Depression


    Arch of Water and Rock


    Under a Western Sun


    Greg Hobbs 12/19/2015
    Reprinted with permission ©2015 Greg Hobbs

    CFWE: 2016 Water Leaders applications open and Dec 18 Q&A webinar

    The Colorado Rockies.
    The Colorado Rockies.

    From email from the Colorado Foundation for Water Education:

    The Colorado Foundation for Water Education is excited to announce that applications for the 2016 Water Leaders Program are open. Make sure your staff and colleagues know about this professional development opportunity and sign up for a free webinar on December 18 to learn more.

    Please review important program dates, tuition, scholarship information and application materials online. Water Leaders applications are due by January 15, 2016 and must include two letters of recommendation. Program admission is based on competitive criteria in order to maximize each participant’s experience and ensure program diversity.

    Register to join us this Friday, December 18 from 9:00-10:00am when program staff and Water Leaders Alumni will host a webinar to discuss goals and expectations for interested candidates and prospective employers, register here. Contact kristin@yourwatercolorado with any questions.

    Managing Agriculture and Water Scarcity in #Colorado (and Beyond) — CFWE


    From the Colorado Foundation for Water Education website

    Colorado agriculture is a major $40 billion industry and is also the state’s dominant water user. Irrigated farmland covers just 9 percent of the state’s privately owned land area, but accounts for 86 percent of its total water diversions. Growing demands from competing water users threaten to reduce irrigated farming and ranching in coming decades. At the same time, the continued variability of water supplies due to drought, groundwater overdraft, and other factors may impact future water availability, delivery and timing for agricultural and other water uses…

    Growing demands from Colorado’s many water users threaten to reduce irrigated farming and ranching in coming decades. In the face of water scarcity Colorado growers are adapting their farming practices to use less water. Read about those challenges and ways in which water manager, agricultural producers, and ditch companies are addressing water scarcity through the report, “Managing Agriculture and Water Scarcity in Colorado (and Beyond),” prepared by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education in partnership with CoBank. Read the report here.

    The November-December issue of “Headwaters Pulse” is hot off the presses from CFWE


    Click here to read the newsletter. Here’s an excerpt:

    When you have a staff of five faced with a large task—say, educating the leaders of a statewide citizenry about our most important resource—you’re constantly seeking opportunities to make the products of your hard work go further and accomplish more. Beyond our educational niche in the state’s water sustainability endeavor, Coloradans far and wide are increasingly looking for synergistic relationships and projects for the same reasons: limited resources and big needs. Our coverage this season aims to highlight these examples.

    The most expansive example of this synergistic cooperative action in Colorado’s water community is a recent one: the final draft release on Nov. 17 of Colorado’s Water Plan, the result of 10 years of hard work by hundreds of dedicated individuals. As implementation of the plan ramps up, the need to work together for maximum effect will be just as crucial as it was during the plan’s development. Watch for a special section in both our winter and summer 2016 issues of Headwaters, our tri-annual magazine, to highlight such opportunities.

    #ColoradoRiver: The fall 2015 issue of Headwaters Magazine is hot off the presses from the Colorado Foundation for Water Education


    Click here to go to read the issue online. From the website:

    Revered and manipulated, cherished and disregarded, the Colorado is a lifeline and an overallocated system exacerbated by drought. Explore this defining moment on the Colorado, fact check some assumptions about the river, and read about ways that Colorado is taking proactive steps to shore up contingency plans for water shortage. Flip through or download the issue here.
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