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HEADWATERS Pulse: March 2017

"Why waste water?" That's the campaign for this year's World Water Day, coming up next week on March 22, as designated by the United Nations. It's a day to celebrate water and take action to tackle the world water crisis. In Colorado, while some organizations are working internationally to increase access to water and to boost public health through increased sanitation, many will be celebrating and taking action closer to home.

How will you mark World Water Day? We have some ideas...

  • Revel in your connection, through waterways, to other parts of the world—Colorado is a headwaters state after all. Or consider how infrastructure connects so many of us to adequate clean water supplies and wastewater treatment systems. 
  • Get physical by tackling a home-improvement project to conserve water, like building and installing a rain barrel. If you're registered to join our sold-out workshop on March 24, you'll be doing just that!
  • Learn and share new information about Colorado water, wastewater, sanitation, conservation, or water reuse by checking out our publications, connecting with your water or wastewater provider, or attending an upcoming event—find some upcoming offerings at the end of this email. 
  • Support an organization doing water work that you can get behind (hint, hint).

...and, well, the list goes on. Here at the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, we'll celebrate with a blog post or two. Plus, the timing is right to share the feature article below on water reuse.

It's great to feel the global connection with others celebrating and working with water on March 22, but we hope that your commitment to water extends beyond the day, perhaps to encompass this week...or if you're like our team, every day is water day. Carry the spirit of World Water Day forward by joining us to connect with friends and learn about water on any or all of our upcoming tours, workshops or webinars this spring and summer. 

See you there!
Caitlin Coleman, Content and Communications Specialist



Water on Repeat

Many Colorado water providers understand the need to diversify their water supplies—certain aquifers are dropping, population is growing, and there isn't a lot of new water to be developed. One big piece of that puzzle is water reuse. Rather than import water from distant sources, these water-strapped communities can reuse certain water supplies again and again, until they are exhausted. For many communities, it’s the lowest-cost alternative. Given proper treatment, it can be the highest-quality alternative, too.

The concept is relatively new to Colorado. “A lot of people don’t know what reuse is,” says Laura Belanger, president of WateReuse Colorado, an advocacy group that includes many water utilities. “Historically, it has been clumped in with water conservation,” she says. “They are very different things. They have very different challenges.”

Read more about water reuse and some of the public health and regulatory challenges that accompany it in this full article by Allen Best, as it appeared in Headwaters magazine

On the Blog

Tenth Water Leaders Cohort Prepares for First Class Opinion: Colorado Bill Promotes Opportunities for More Aquifer Recharge and Recovery 

CFWE Mission in Motion

Water Fluency: Register for West Slope Offering

There's still time to register for Water Fluency, CFWE's professional development course to boost your water knowledge. If you're an elected official, a professional interested in water, or a leader in your community or business, this course is for you! Participants learn through site visits; in-person classroom discussions; and online materials, presented with Colorado State University's online water course.

The 2017 Water Fluency offering will run May through July 2017 with classes in the corridor between Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction. A limited number of scholarships are available. Learn more about the course, review the agenda, and register here.

Webinar: Cyanotoxins, Nutrients and Public Health April 13

Expand your knowledge of water and public health by signing up to join the Colorado Foundation for Water Education in partnership with the Colorado Water Congress for a free webinar on cyanotoxins and algal blooms - how they're affected by nutrients and nonpoint source pollution, and how Coloradans in rural and urban areas alike are working to address threats to our water quality and public health. Sign up here and come ready to learn and ask questions at 9:00 a.m. on April 13. Presented with support from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  

CFWE's Annual Awards and Fundraising Event

Join us to celebrate water leadership and support water education!

May 12, 2017 - 6 p.m.
Denver Art Museum

2017 Award Recipients: 
Diane Hoppe Leadership Award: Eric Kuhn, Colorado River District
Emerging Leader Award: Drew Beckwith, Western Resource Advocates

Learn more and buy tickets here

Save the Date: Southwest Basin Tour June 13-14

Save the date and join CFWE for our annual river basin tour, this year exploring beautiful southwestern Colorado. The tour, which will run June 13-14, will highlight the San Miguel and Dolores rivers, with lodging in Telluride. More details and registration coming soon!

Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference Call for Papers and Save the Date

October 10-12, 2017 - Westin Riverfront Resort, Avon, CO
"Coming Together-The Confluence of Science and Society"

Submit your ideas for presentation at the 12th annual Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference now through April 12. This popular event expands cooperation and collaboration throughout our state for natural resource conservation, protection, and enhancement by informing citizen groups, agencies, consultants, and legislators about current issues and through networking opportunities. We have exciting sub-themes planned for this year—submit your idea for a presentation and read through the sub-themes here. Plus, don't forget to save the date and join us for the conference October 10-12 in Avon!

Save the Date: Urban Water Cycle Bike Tours June 6 and 7

Get on your bicycle and join us for a half-day bike tour. Offered in partnership by the Barr Lake and Milton Reservoir Watershed Association, Colorado Stormwater Council and CFWE, we'll pedal along the South Platte River from Johnson Habitat Park to Riverside Cemetery to discover how groups are reclaiming, using and protecting urban waterways. We'll see water quality improvement projects, learn about stormwater monitoring, history, recreation along the creek, community education, and long-term watershed and urban planning efforts including the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative. Registration is free but required and is coming soon.

Rain Barrel Workshop March 24

We can't wait to see some of you next week at our rain barrel workshop! We've partnered with River Network, MillerCoors, and Blue Moon Brewing Company to host this fun event. Attendees who have already registered can build a rain barrel, but there's still space for those interested in coming, learning, drinking a beer, and celebrating being an awesome water citizen. Join in the fun! Learn more about the event here

Take the Next Step

  • Attend the Southwestern Water Conservation District's Annual Water Seminar on April 7. This year’s theme is “Solving the Water Funding Puzzle.” Speakers from state, federal and local perspectives will discuss opportunities to continue essential water programs, address aging infrastructure and implement the water plan. Learn more and register here.
  • Register to attend the Colorado Section of AWRA's 2017 Symposium "The Confluence of Science, Policy and Change," April 28 in Golden. Register here
  • Attend the University of Denver Water Law Review 's 10th Annual Symposium at a discounted rate if register by March 24. The general public can now attend for just $25, while attorneys seeking CLE credit are discounted to $75. This year's theme is "At the Confluence: The Past Present and Future of Water Law." Register here and enter the code "2017Water" in the comment box at the end of the form to receive your discount.
  • Check out Colorado Springs Utilities' free xeriscape classes with numerous dates in the coming months. Find the schedule and class descriptions here.