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Water Education Colorado produces and partners to host a spread of conferences and workshops, allowing us to enhance understanding of water's role in Colorado and its inherent complexities and tradeoffs.

  • Each fall, Water Education Colorado partners with the Colorado Riparian Association and the Colorado Watershed Assembly to produce the Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference. This conference works to expand cooperation and collaboration throughout Colorado in natural resource conservation, protection and enhancement by informing participants about new issues and innovative projects and through invaluable networking.
  • On occasion Water Education Colorado offers webinars. In the past we've reached audiences such as the Colorado Municipal League along with our own membership. Stay tuned for future webinar announcements.

Fires, Forests, and Watershed Health Webinar


Forest fires have been growing in intensity, frequency and cost across Colorado and the West. What do those fires mean for our watersheds, water supplies, and the millions of water users across the state? And how do we fund the fire treatment work that will maintain healthy forests and reduce the risk to our watersheds? Join us for a webinar on June 26 from noon to 1:00 p.m. to answer these questions and more. We'll discuss the funding challenges posed by increased fire incidence, as well as the partnerships and creative funding strategies that could help Colorado build healthier forests and watersheds, and more water-secure communities. Learn more and register here

Webinar: Aquatic Nuisance Species The Threat and Solutions

On Tuesday, October 24th, from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm, the Colorado Water Congress and Water Education Colorado hosted a webinar on the threat of aquatic nuisance species, specifically zebra and quagga mussels, to our waterways and delivery systems in Colorado.

aquatic nuisance Aquatic nuisance species continues to be a hot topic for the water community, but we need to reach beyond our own network when communicating about this looming threat to our pristine waterways. Join us to learn about the threat these invasive mussels pose, and how Colorado is working to educate the public and our policy makers so we can maintain healthy waterways and infrastructure.


  • Mike Preston | Dolores Water Conservancy District 
  • Ken Curtis | Dolores Water Conservancy District
  • Doug Vilsack | Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Doug Krieger | Dept. of Natural Resources 


Webinar: Policy Questions Around Water Sharing

Photo by Allen Best

Flexible water sharing agreements or alternative transfer methods (ATMs) could help keep water in agriculture while supplies are shared with municipalities or others to meet the many water needs of the state's population. Colorado's Water Plan calls for 50,000 acre-feet of water to be identified in ATMs by 2030.

How can Colorado reach its goal and scale up the adoption of alternative transfer methods? On Jan. 11, 2018, Water Education Colorado was joined by Colorado's State Engineer, Kevin Rein; Jim Yahn with the North Sterling Irrigation District; and Peter Nichols with Berg, Hill, Greenleaf and Ruscitti LLP to explore the conversations around existing policy and policy changes that might increase the adoption of ATMs. 

Webinar Archives

Water Data Access How-To
mapviewerarchiveIn August 2017 we learned about and trained to use Colorado's Decision Support Systems, including a close look at the Colorado Division of Water Resources' HydroBase Data Viewer, and a peek at the new resources that the DWR will soon offer. The Colorado Water Conservation Board's Andy Moore introduced us to CDSS, while John Rodgers, DWR's HydroBase coordinator, and Chris Brown, DWR's GIS program manager, taught us how to use the site. Check out the Summer 2017 Data issue of Headwaters magazine for accompanying content.

Cyanotoxins, Nutrients, and Public Health
What are toxic algal blooms? What causes cyanotoxins? And how are Coloradans reducing and monitoring for algae growth and reducing nutrient nonpoint source pollution from agriculture? Listen to the recording of this April 2017 webinar to explore these topics. With speakers: Steve Lundt, Barr Lake and Milton Reservoir Watershed Association; and Troy Bauder, Colorado State University Extension. Check out the Public Health issue of Headwaters magazine for accompanying content.

Paying for Colorado's Water Future
Where will Colorado find the billions of dollars necessary to fund its water future and pay for what's ahead? Listen to the recording of this August 2016 webinar to explore the promising funding options available to pay for Colorado's water future. Learn about the gap in funding needed for the future and dive into financing options to fill that gap through partnerships, venture capital, and philanthropy. With speakers: Eric Hecox, South Metro Water Supply Authority; Ben McConahey, Hydro Venture Partners; and April Montgomery, the Telluride Foundation and CWCB Board. Offered in partnership by Water Education Colorado and Colorado Water Congress with support from CoBank and the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Check out the Economics issue of Headwaters magazine for accompanying content.

Managing the Colorado River in the 21st Century: Shared Risks and Collaborative Solutions

Through this April 2016 webinar, offered by Water Education Colorado in partnership with CoBank, hear about pressing water supply challenges on the over-allocated Colorado River system as well as collaborative efforts underway as we race toward solutions. View an accompanying report, the Colorado Basin issue of Headwaters magazine and access a recording of the webinar, or download a PDF of the slides here

Agriculture and Water Scarcity: Managing Groundwater Declines
Water is an essential ingredient for productive agriculture, but not always easy to come by in semi-arid Colorado. During this December 2015 webinar, presented in partnership with CoBank, with support from the Colorado Water Conservation Board, we heard about state administration as well as locally guided efforts to address the legal threats of well shut-downs and physical limits of shrinking aquifers. View the accompanying report and listen to this recording of the webinar with speakers Kevin Rein, Sheldon Rockey, and Deb Daniel if you missed it. 

Transbasin Diversions
changing perceptionsIn partnership with the Colorado Water Congress, Water Education Colorado offered a series of three webinars focused on Colorado's transbasin diversions during late 2014 and early 2015. With a diverse range of panelists and presenters, the webinars pulled from and expanded on our Citizen's Guide to Colorado's Transbasin Diversions. To revisit these webinars, visit the Colorado Water Congress' archive to watch anytime. 

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