Water Education Sends out Ripple Effects

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by Kristin Maharg, Education Program Associate, Colorado Foundation for Water Education

Last summer, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education (CFWE) hosted an exciting tour of Fountain Creek where attendees learned how municipal districts, non-profits and state government work together to restore the watershed and create a vital community amenity. Our river basin tours are one way that CFWE brings together diverse stakeholders to learn, network and have fun with water resource issues. Contact CFWE if you have ideas for restoration-focused tours in your part of Colorado.

This statewide non-profit, non-advocacy organization also publishes a resource library of Headwaters magazine and the Citizen’s Guide series. If you are a mid-level professional in Colorado with an interest in water resources and career development, check out the Water Leaders program. Applications will be accepted for the fifth class until March 15. For those looking for a unique opportunity to help plan a statewide celebration of Colorado’s water in the year 2012, contact CFWE to get involved in the Water 2012 effort.

CFWE’s mission is to promote better understanding of Colorado’s water resources and issues by providing balanced and accurate information and education. Visit us online at www.cfwe.org to watch videos, get connected to water education and support their work by becoming a member.

Upcoming CFWE Events:
March 3, Westminster, Statewide Roundtable Summit — CFWE coordinates the educational activities of the Interbasin Compact Committee, which released a framework of statewide recommendations for public review. Attend the Summit to get connected to this water supply planning process and meet roundtable members from around the state. More information available from the Colorado Water Conservation Board at http://cwcb.state.co.us.

March 11, Lakewood, Climate & Colorado’s Water Future — Take an exclusive tour of the National Ice Core Laboratory and learn from expert speakers on climate change research. In the afternoon, we will present interactive water and climate teaching tools to use in your own classrooms or programs. All are welcome to attend!

April 8, Boulder, President’s Award Reception — Join CFWE to celebrate and support water education. This year we will honor State Climatologist Nolan Doesken with the President’s Award and Hannah Holm of Mesa County Water Association with the Emerging Leader Award. Congratulations to both!

May (exact date TBD) Weld County, Water on Colorado’s Farms — Visit a farm that has unique operations for an in-depth look at how agricultural water is distributed, used and returned to the streams. Nourish yourself with hands-on learning, curriculum ideas and on-farm fun!

June 13-15, Colorado River Basin Tour — Our annual River Basin Tour will take you on an exciting journey from the headwaters to Grand Valley. We’ll learn what local communities do to protect water quality and habitat plus balance traditional and non-traditional water needs. Come to network with peers from around the state and increase your understanding of creative approaches to water management.