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Mini-tours

Get out and about! Join the Colorado Foundation for Water Education for a mini-tour. For years, CFWE has offered multi-day River Basin Tours, but more recently developed this new program. Mini-tours aim to engage teachers, water professionals, decision-makers and the interested public exposing them to new areas, perspectives and networks-- we hop on a bus for a busy day of valuable learning and return home better informed. Have a great idea for an upcoming tour? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. IMG 8118 web

Considerations in Implementing Regional Water Solutions

Our future requires that regional efforts provide some solutions to water supply shortfalls and projects. As Colorado’s urban areas grow, we must consider leveraging resources, infrastructure, water supply and facilities to secure general well-being and a healthy economy. This day-long workshop provides a forum for planning and discussion around the best approaches for regional water solutions. It includes a close examination of the tradeoffs, hurdles, and opportunities for success. Learn more and register here.

Innovating for Viability: Land and Water Tour

On September 27, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, National Young Farmers Coalition, Colorado Ag Water Alliance and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union offered a one-day tour focused on innovative solutions for agricultural viability. Participants visited operations focused on irrigation efficiency, soil health, adaptation for climate change, alternative transfer methods, water quality, farmland succession planning and more.  

 

Climate & Colorado's Water Future

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Curious about how climate impacts water and water management in Colorado?

CFWE is presents its annual Climate and Colorado's Water Future Workshop on June 1 in Boulder. We learned about Colorado's climate, climate change, and how we're planning for our water future, then toured the exciting facilities and labs housed in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Find the agenda here. 

Click the names below for links to speakers' 2017 presentations:

Peter Goble, Colorado Climate Center, Colorado's Climate, what we have observed and what is changing
Jeff Lukas, Western Water Assessment, Warmer, Drier, and Earlier
Lawrence Buja, NCAR, 20th and 21st Century Climate Change
Laurna Kaatz, Denver Water, A Practitioners Dilemma

Read more: Climate & Colorado's Water Future

Past Mini-Tours

CFWE has led our wonderful network of explorers on some great mini-tours. We try to keep things fresh and don't reschedule the same tours each year, but take a look at what we've done in the past. If the agendas or photos look interesting, or if you have a brilliant idea for an all new tour,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Collaborative Water Management Tour: September 2016
We toured the Roaring Fork watershed to learn how multiple public and private entities are working together on water quality, water quantity, and riparian habitat improvement projects.
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Urban Waters Bike Tours Since 2012, CFWE has offered half-day bike tours. Most recently, in 2016, CFWE and participants pedaled through the Bear Creek watershed, southwest of Denver, to discover how groups are reclaiming and protecting urban waterways. We saw first-hand water quality improvement projects, recreation along the creek, long-term watershed planning and community education and stewardship. View the most recent itinerary here.

 

Water for Commodity Production Tour: February 2016

Participants spent the day with CFWE exploring the relationship between water demands, public policy and economic development, and saw innovative approaches in the Pueblo area. We heard 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, historical and current context of water for steel production and much more. Find the agenda here and photos here.

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Vine to Wine Tour: July 2015
CFWE's Water Leaders, Colorado Mesa University's Water Center and Colorado Water Congress' POND group explored the beautiful Grand Valley and its vineyards. We rode in horse-drawn carriages to tour and learn about the value of local agriculture, efficiencies in irrigation on orchards and vineyards, and the role of the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. The day columinated in a wine tasting. Find the agenda here and view photos here. 
Water for Brewing Tour: December 2014
Participants quenched their thirst for water education on CFWE's Water for Brewing Tour. They gained an inside look at water use, efficiency, conservation stratgies, treatment and sustainability with breweries: Strange, Diebolt and MillerCoors. It was a great day of networking, learning and touring. View the agenda here.
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Transbasin Diversion Tour: September 2014
A diverse group of elected officials, water managers, planners, educators, and interested individuals came together in September to see and learn how Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, Homestake and Twin Lakes water is managed, used and conveyed to various entities across the Continental Divide. View the Itinerary, take a look at photos on Facebook, and check out our Citizen's Guide to Colorado's Transbasin Diversions.

Energy-Water Tour: November 2013
Enthusiastic participants joined CFWE on our first ever energy-water nexus tour. We visited northeastern Colorado's Denver-Julesburg Basin and witnesses water use as it relates to industry operations, regulations, environmental considerations and community planning. Check out photos and download the itinerary here.Or look over a few presentations from the tour:

 

Land and Water Tour: September 2013
We explored how water development and land use policy planning interact by visiting the Rueter-Hess Reservoir, Castle Rock, Sterling Ranch and other intriguing sites. We learned how the region is transitioning to renewable water supplies and looking towards innovative approaches in managing urban growth. Read a blog post published just before the tour, view the itinerary, and find photos on facebook.

 
Bottled Beverage Tour: December 2012
Whatever your drink of choice, its top ingredient is water. We learned about operations and water use, treatment and stewardship at Nestle Waters, Coca-Cola and MillerCoors. View the agenda here. Or visit us on Facebook to see photos from the tour.
 
Dairy Tour: August 2012
Expert speakers examined the dairy industry’s role in future water demands and local food production. Tour attendees received an exclusive tour of Quail Ridge Dairy and Leprino Foods, the world’s largest mozzarella cheese producer! View the itinerary, take a look at photos on Facebook to recapture some of the tour, and check out the article the Fort Morgan Times published.
 

Future Horizons for Irrigated Agriculture: Fall 2011

In September and October of 2011, CFWE hosted two sold out tours on northeastern Colorado farms. Participants learned how agricultural water is distributed and used, the challenges associated with keeping water on farms while meeting other water demands and opportunities to secure a plentiful future for agriculture. View the itinerary here and view photos from the tours on Facebook.

Fountain Creek Tour: June 2010

Resolve, Restore, Revitalize! A great group of people attended to learn how municipal districts, non-profits and state government are working together to create a vital amenity for the communities through which Fountain Creek flows. Download the agenda and presentations here.

 

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