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Annual River Basin Tour

Photograph by Michael LewisEach year, Water Education Colorado takes lawmakers, water managers, attorneys and engineers, and members of the public on a multi-day tour of a river basin in Colorado. These fun and informative tours are a much anticipated event, drawing attendees statewide. In addition to learning about the history, water management practices and challenges of the basin, participants can take part in extra-curricular activities such as rafting or fly-fishing, dine at exclusive area ranches or open-space parks and have time to increase their network of peers.

2013 Upper CO Basin Tour

On June 20-21, 2013, CFWE staff, legislators, local water managers, water professionals, public officials and educators went on a fast-paced journey of the Colorado River headwaters. We visited exclusive sites and heard from expert speakers while networking  with a fun and diverse group.

Tour participants gained a firsthand understanding of headwaters health for thriving communities and ecological sustainability plus the related impacts and benefits of transbasin diversions for statewide water supplies.


2013 Lower CO Basin Tour

22 zps211d25d6On May 30-31, 2013 CFWE staff, local water managers, statewide professionals, public officials and educators enjoyed a fast-paced journey of the Grand Valley region. Tour attendees visited exclusive sites and heard from expert speakers.

We gained a firsthand understanding of the water uses, needs and values in the Lower Colorado basin, such as the relationship between agriculture, municipal demands and environmental protection. The tour began and ended at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade. Download the itinerary here for more details and take a look at tour photos posted on Facebook

2011 Colorado Basin Tour

The 2011 Colorado Basin Tour was a huge success! Together with 100 educators, elected officials and water professionals, CFWE enjoyed breath-taking scenery, sunny skies and fascinating presentations by local and statewide experts. Some of the highlights included: 

  • Moose-viewing in the headwaters at Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Soaking in the sun at the confluence of the Blue and Colorado rivers
  • An exclusive tour of Shoshone Hydroelectric Plant
  • Wine tasting and dining at a working orchard in Palisade
  • Tagging endangered fish at the Grand Valley Roller Dam

Download the tour ITINERARY to see all the exciting places we visited! Check out the PHOTO SLIDESHOW on the right hand side of this page. Thank you to our Tour Sponsors and to everyone who participated!

2012 South Metro Tour

Chatfield Dam & ReservoirIn June 2012, CFWE brought a diverse group of 60 legislators, water professionals and educators on a tour of the South Metro Area-- participants learned from local leadership about water resource planning and management in Douglas County. Download the tour binder and check out our album of photos on Facebook to see what we learned. Major topics included:

Denver Basin Groundwater Availability
Aquifer Storage and Recovery
Municipal Conservation Programs
Land Use Development and Planning
Chatfield Reallocation Project
Reuter Hess Treatment and Innovations
Future Water Supplies and Partnerships

2010 Southwest Tour

Along with local water experts, CFWE delivered a fact-packed and educational 2.5-day journey across Southwestern Colorado. On the 2010 tour of the Dolores and San Juan river basins, a fun group of 90 legislators, water professionals and educators learned about watershed restoration and planning in this unique part of our state. Check out the slideshow on the right side of this page for some of the 2010 highlights, which included:

  • Rafting the Animas River and touring the ruins of Mesa Verde
  • Paleohydrology and ancient water use
  • Dolores River Project and environmental river flows
  • Lake Nighthorse, tribal water use and interstate compacts
  • Planning for munipal growth and energy development
  • River protection and recreational demands
  • Evening entertainment at Blue Lake Ranch

For a detailed itinerary and pre-tour activties, click here.


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