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Alt. Water Transfers

Cover HW Fall 2017

Water sharing and banking, coined "alternative transfer methods" or ATMs, could provide flexibility for stretched water supplies —but not without marked challenges. Read the Fall 2017 issue of Headwaters magazine and explore options to:

  • keep water in farming
  • help municipalities plan ahead
  • share between ag and environmental uses
  • bank water on the Colorado River

Browse articles and find a flipbook of the magazine here.

Connecting the Drops

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Water Education Colorado

Don't Forget: October 18 is World Water Quality Monitoring Day

On October 18, volunteer monitoring groups, water quality agencies, students, and the general public are invited to join together to take an instant snap shot of the world's water quality. Four key indicators of water quality should be monitored: temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity.

To participate, choose any lake, stream, or other waterbody where you can safely monitor. Register your site on the World Water Monitoring Day registration database at www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/ You can either use your own equipment or the site has test kits for sale. After you have collected information about your site, they encourage all participants to report their data for inclusion in the annual World Water Monitoring Day summary reports.

Locally, groups such as the Big Thompson Watershed Forum are partnering with the U.S. Geological Survey, EPA, Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment, Division of Wildlife and others to make this into a day-long training for teachers. ‘This is a great opportunity to share hands-on experience about the realities of water monitoring and educate the community about water quality issues,’ notes Rob Buirgy the Forum's coordinator. ‘This will be the third year we've participated in this event, and we have plenty of good ideas we would be happy to share with other organizations who would like to do something similar.’ The Big Thompson Watershed Forum may be contacted at 970-613-6161 or www.btwatershed.org.

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