Go Time for Colorado’s Water Plan: Meeting the Plan’s Educational Goals

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The final draft of Colorado’s Water Plan (CWP) was released in December 2015. In our 2016 Headwaters magazine series on the plan’s implementation, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education keeps you up to speed on how the plan’s action steps are progressing on the ground. Find past installments of the series in the Winter 2016 and Summer 2016 issues of Headwaters. You can also check them out on the Your Water Colorado blog via these links: Meeting the Plan’s Conservation Goals; Environmental and Recreational Goals; Storage Goals; Funding Goals; and Land Use GoalsHere we take an in-depth look at another of the plan’s nine defined measurable outcomes: outreach, education, and public engagement.


By Meagan Webber

Even though all Coloradans have unique backgrounds, perspectives and experiences, our common dependence on clean, reliable water sources makes us all stakeholders in the efforts to close Colorado’s projected water supply…

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Study eyes ‘flash drought’ forecasts

Summit County Citizens Voice

State officials hope to be well-prepared for the next inevitable drought in Colorado. State officials hope to be well-prepared for the next inevitable drought in Colorado.

Soil moisture, snowpack data help inform new forecast modeling

Staff Report

Some droughts creep up on you, while others seem to come out of nowhere, like in 2012 when spring came early and a hot, dry summer parched fields and forests and led to a busy wildfire season, including the destructive Waldo Canyon blaze near Colorado Springs.

Seasonal forecasts issued in May 2012 did not foresee a drought forming in the country’s midsection. But by the end of August,  the drought had spread across the Midwest, parching Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri. Now, after analyzing conditions leading up to the drough, researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, say similar droughts in the future could be predicted by paying close attention to key indicators like snowmelt and soil moisture. 

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CSI Cheesman: The mystery of the missing shrimp

Mile High Water Talk

Introduced in 1971 to boost the fish population, the shrimp appear to have vanished. And that might be a good thing.

Galloway collects eDNA from Cheesman Reservoir Ben Galloway prepares test equipment to collect eDNA, genetic markers in the shrimp’s DNA, from sediment in Cheesman Reservoir.

By Tyler St. John

What happened to the shrimp?

In August, four researchers played detective on the waters of Cheesman Reservoir, dunking tubes, nets and various sensors below the surface and pulling up mud and algae. The team, from the Fisheries Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University, was investigating the mysterious disappearance of the Mysis shrimp.

The shrimp are considered an invasive species in Colorado. First introduced into Kootenay Lake in British Columbia in 1949, the little creatures actually boosted the native fish population. The experiment was so successful that the shrimp were introduced to upwards of 400 more lakes in the world, including Cheesman Reservoir in…

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USGS study shows that extreme rainstorms are critical for groundwater recharge in the West

Summit County Citizens Voice

‘Without them, groundwater resources become depleted’

Raindrops ... @bberwyn photo. Raindrops … @bberwyn photo.

Staff Report

Extreme precipitation events that cause severe flooding, loss of life and property damage aren’t exactly at the top of the weather wish list for most people. But it turns out they play a key role in replenishing underground aquifers in the western U.S.

The importance of groundwater will continue to grow in the years ahead — an era of population growth and climate disruption, so understanding the connection between big storms and groundwater recharge is critical, according to U.S. Geological Survey and Bureau of Reclamation scientists who have released a new study analyzing large, multi-year, quasi-decadal groundwater recharge events in the northern Utah portion of the Great Basin from 1960 to 2013.

They evaluated groundwater levels and climate information and identified five large recharge events with a frequency of about 11 to 13 years. Findings show these events…

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5 DIY fall landscape tips that will save you money

Mile High Water Talk

Thwart costly repairs and upgrades next year with this prewinter checklist

By Travis Thompson

Remember when you were paid to do chores as a kid? Well, we found a way to make those jobs profitable again.

Follow this easy do-it-yourself checklist to avoid costly landscape and irrigation system repairs next spring, and put the money you saved back into the bank:

John Gebhart, Denver Water Conservation technician, showed 9News viewers how to protect exposed outdoor pipes and nozzles from freezing this winter. John Gebhart, Denver Water Conservation specialist, showed 9News viewers how to protect exposed outdoor pipes and nozzles from freezing this winter.

Winterize: In 2015, Denver Water techs discovered about 80 homes with an irrigation system leak, and about half of those leaks occurred in September and October — when the nightly temperatures started to drop.

Don’t become a statistic. With freeze season underway, winterize your irrigation system now to prevent costly damage caused by frozen water left in pipes. Here are some tips from Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado

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Fraser Flats gets ready for environmental makeover

Mile High Water Talk

Grand County project aims to bring more bugs, bigger trout and better fishing to a stretch of the Fraser River.

By Jay Adams

A stretch of the Fraser River in Grand County is on tap for a makeover. It’s a $200,000 environmental endeavor that marks the first river restoration project led by Learning By Doing — a partnership between East and West Slope water stakeholders aimed at restoring, enhancing and improving the rivers and streams of Grand County.

On Sept. 27, members of the Learning By Doing team toured a 0.9-mile section of the river north of the town of Fraser where the restoration project will take place.

The Learning By Doing team included representatives from Trout Unlimited, Grand County, Denver Water and the Colorado River District.

During the kick-off gathering, the group reviewed plans to rehabilitate the river with Freestone Aquatics — a fisheries consulting company…

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Denver Metro: High Line Canal Final Series of Open Houses

High Line Canal Regional Context map via the High Line Canal Conservancy
High Line Canal Regional Context map via the High Line Canal Conservancy

From email from the High Line Canal Conservancy (Suzanna Jones):

The High Line Canal Conservancy, which is dedicated to preserving the recreational and environmental future of the High Line Canal, announced the dates and locations in Aurora, Denver, and Centennial for “Chapter 4: Looking Ahead,” the last of the Vision Plan series of open houses. After a summer of public input, these open houses will bring the public back together for a final time to celebrate the success of the input gathered and begin to outline the next steps and implementation plan for shaping the Canal into a great refuge for the region. Some of the most exciting outcomes include honoring the diverse and distinct communities along the Canal, celebrating the unprecedented scale and historic significance of the Canal’s 71 miles, and looking ahead to the possibility of adapting the Canal for stormwater uses to nourish its natural character.

“We’re thrilled to bring the varied communities back together for our final series of open houses. We will celebrate the inspirational draft vision that thousands of people have helped write that will protect and enhance the future of the High Line Canal,” said Harriet Crittenden LaMair, executive director of the High Line Canal Conservancy. “Folks from communities along the Canal will be able to learn about our draft next steps for the Canal’s future and help us continue to brainstorm new ideas.”

After three successful series of community open houses where families, friends and neighbors from communities along the Canal gathered to share their input and feedback on the future of the Canal, the High Line Canal Conservancy team will forecast next steps and draft implementation strategies for the Canal. The Conservancy will also ask attendees to weigh in on the shared vision for the Canal as a natural refuge for the region, including delving into the guiding principles that the Canal remain natural, varied, connected & continuous, managed, and enhanced.

Let’s get started on the Canal’s future! Please drop in for as long as you are able!

The dates and locations of the interactive open houses are:

Wednesday, October 19, from 4-8 p.m. at Dry Dock Brewing Company North Dock*
2801 Tower Rd., Aurora
*Food trucks and tasting of the High Line Canal Dry Dock beer starting at 5 p.m.

Thursday, October 20, from 2-5 p.m. at Eisenhower Recreation Center
4300 E. Dartmouth Ave., Denver

Thursday, October 20, from 6-8 p.m. at Goodson Recreation Center
6315 S. University Blvd, Centennial

All three sessions will be identical, so guests are invited to attend the event most convenient to them. These events are “open house” format, with no formal presentation, so guests can stop by anytime and stay for as long as they would like.

Here’s how to stay updated on High Line Canal project updates:

  • The High Line Canal newsletter.
  • High Line Canal’s social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).
  • Help us spread the word: Please invite your friends and neighbors to participate too!