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HEADWATERS Pulse: May 2017

Thanks to all who supported CFWE by attending our 2017 President's Reception on May 12 at the Denver Art Museum. What a fun and successful night! We recognized Eric Kuhn with the Diane Hoppe Leadership Award and Drew Beckwith with the Emerging Leader Award and enjoyed celebrating them with more than 150 wonderful friends and supporters. 

The camaraderie among all who attended was as palpable as ever as we looked back on 15 years of collective investment in CFWE, plus we introduced an exciting new twist. This is the only major fundraising event of the year, and for the first time ever, CFWE hosted a live auction— creating a new opportunity for people who believe in water education as much as we do to help support water education and to help make our work sustainable. The auction itself raised $15,000, and in all, we netted just under $25,000 for the night. Donations and unrestricted funds like these are so crucial to ensuring our ability to continue delivering thoughtful high-caliber water education resources and to work toward growing our team for even greater impact. Thank you to all who supported and continue to support us! Find photos on Facebook here

A note from our board president, Eric Hecox:

“I was honored to gather with friends and supporters to celebrate the tremendous work being done to educate Coloradans on water. We honored two extraordinary individuals who have made a lasting impact on water education throughout our state. We looked back on our past and looked forward to our future.  If you weren’t there, stay posted!  We will have some exciting announcements in the near future, and we can’t wait to move forward with your support.”

On the Blog

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CFWE Mission in Motion

Southwest Basin Tour June 13-14: Prices Increase on Friday!! 

Join CFWE for our annual river basin tour, this year exploring beautiful southwestern Colorado. The tour, which will run June 13-14, will depart out of Telluride, mere days before the Telluride Bluegrass Festival begins. Visit sites up and down the San Miguel River, from Telluride to the confluence with the Dolores, hearing from local water managers, city officials, conservation groups and business leaders about water management, economic development, and collaborative restoration projects. Share a unique educational experience with other tour participants, which will include members of the Colorado legislative interim Water Resources Review Committee, and get an in-depth look at how the Southwest Basin Implementation Plan is being put into action. Take a look at the draft agenda here then register here to reserve your spot on the CFWE tour bus. Early-bird pricing has been extended through Friday! Don't miss your chance to register at these discounted rates.

Climate and Colorado's Water Future Workshop June 1

Learn about Colorado's crazy climate at this year's Climate and Colorado's Water Future Workshop! This year we'll learn from the experts in Boulder and take a tour of NOAA. We'll see labs where major research happens, including the Space Weather Prediction Center, Global Monitoring Division, and the National Weather Service. Review the draft agenda here and register here to reserve your spot. This workshop sells out every year!

Urban Water Cycle Bike Tours June 6 and 7

This year's bike tours are sold out! Offered in partnership by the Barr Lake and Milton Reservoir Watershed Association, Colorado Stormwater Council and CFWE, with support from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, 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. Both tours are full, but click below for more info and to add your name to the wait list.

June 6, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
June 7, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Save the Date: Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference 

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

Save the date for the 12th annual Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference and plan to join us October 10-12 in Avon! 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. Registration opens in July. Don't miss it!

Connecting the Drops: On Air

Testing for Lead in Schools

Lead contamination Flint, Michigan's drinking water raised national awareness that water can corrode pipes and carry dangerous amounts of lead. The failures in Flint may result in stronger rules nationwide for monitoring home drinking water—but schools aren't part of these public tests. That's why Colorado legislators proposed a bill, which passed on May 10, the last day of the legislative session, to help more Colorado schools pay for testing lead in their drinking water. Meanwhile, some Colorado schools have taken on the cost themselves. Listen to the latest on Connecting the Drops, thanks to support for this program from CoBank.

Take the Next Step

  • Join the Colorado Ag Water Alliance for tours this June examining the impact of Colorado Agriculture. Attend a tour in Greeley, June 19 and a Longmont/Brighton tour on June 27. See how water is used in irrigation and explore working farms and ditches. Learn more and register using the links above.
  • TAP-IN Source and Cycle is the first Tap-In reverse pitch innovation challenge event where end users pitch their problems to the entrepreneurial, innovation, and business communities. End users and attendees will discuss the problems, gather information that could power solutions and build connections to innovate together. We can't wait for this innovative event. Learn more and register here.
  • Expand your knowledge with the Bonfils-Stanton Lecture/Workshop Series at the Denver Botanic Gardens. Focused on water, the series explores the importance of water through the lens of art, conservation, home ownership and gardening. The lecture series includes topics such as enhancing the abundance of water throughout the world, rock gardening and water quality in the Colorado River. A parallel series of workshops, tours and trips further the exploration. Check it out here.  
  • Check out Colorado Springs Utilities' free xeriscape classes with numerous dates in the coming months. Find the schedule and class descriptions here


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