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HEADWATERS Pulse: July 2017



After a busy spring and early summer season running tours and workshops as well as our Water Fluency and Water Leaders programs, CFWE staff are gearing up for the final program sessions of summer and the start of fall. 

As always, we’ll be moving programs around the state and covering a diverse range of topics with a water nexus. This issue of Headwaters PULSE e-news is packed with exciting opportunities and ways to stay informed and get engaged.

If you’ve received this issue of e-news in your inbox, then you’re already on our mailing list and will get updates on events as details are finalized and registrations open. If you’re a member, better yet, as you’ll receive the first opportunity to register for events, as well as 10-20 percent discounts on any event registration fees.

Not a member? That’s an easy fix. You can take a moment and sign up here today. It’s an exciting time to become a member of CFWE, as you’ll get to be part of something big happening this fall when we re-introduce ourselves as Water Education Colorado. After 15 years as the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, opening this new chapter is the culmination of a long effort in charting a path to build a bigger tent, and to invite more people in to learn about and engage with water. We believe water is our most valuable resource, it’s what makes Colorado such a great place to live, and it’s too important for citizens not to be informed and engaged. We’ll keep you apprised as we prepare to make the new brand launch.

Already a member but know someone who isn’t and might like to be? Please pass the word and invite them into the circle! Forward this e-newsletter and watch for fresh opportunities to introduce your friends, neighbors and other members of your community to water and to Water Education Colorado through informal, educational happy hours we’ll begin hosting periodically with local leaders and civic groups beginning this fall.

We value your input, so don’t be a stranger. I’d love to hear what’s on your mind. Reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. And have a great rest of your summer!

Jayla Poppleton, Executive Director




On the Blog


CFWE Mission in Motion


West Slope Water Diplomacy—What Does the Future Hold? July 25

Join CFWE and the Special District Association on Tuesday, July 25 from 12:00-3:45 pm for a special Water Forum focused exclusively on the West Slope. This dynamic presentation will feature a panel of experts, including former Colorado State Senator Ellen Roberts, Chris Treese from the Colorado River District, and Eric Wilkinson from Northern Water, among others. These experts will lead a lively discussion on West Slope water diplomacy, water management, future collaborations, and what comes next. Learn more and register here

Explore Where Your Water Comes From & Live Like You Love it With #Hike4Water Starting July 15

CFWE and Colorado WaterWise are encouraging you to hike some 14ers this summer! Colorado 14ers collect the snow that melts and flows miles and miles to become your hometown's water supply. The Colorado Rockies not only provide water to about 5 million Coloradans, but also to people living in 18 other states. Hike and enter to win big prizes! The contest runs July 15-September 17, 2017. To enter, you must FOLLOW @lovecoloradowater and @watereducationCO on Instagram and Facebook and POST one photo of you, hiking a 14er in Colorado, tagging @lovecoloradowater and @watereducationCO. Be sure to include #Hike4Water!!


Eat Pizza for (and with) CFWE at Patxi's Uptown on Aug. 8—Part of Patxi's 52 Weeks of Giving

All day on Tuesday August 8, Patxi's Pizza will donate 10 percent of all dine-in, delivery and take-out sales to the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. So support water education and eat pizza with us! CFWE staff will be gathering with friends and board members (and you?) at Patxi's (1598 E 17th Ave, Denver) at 5 p.m.  on Aug. 8. Join us for happy hour, eat dinner with us or drop in and bring a pizza home for dinner. Take a look at the menu here and get your order ready. See you there!

TAP-IN: Cultivate & Produce Aug. 24

TAP-IN provides a platform for Coloradans to "tap in" to the creative current that flows throughout our state to solve our greatest water challenges. Cultivate & Produce is the second TAP-IN reverse pitch challenge event, scheduled for August 24 in Fort Collins, where end users pitch their problems to the entrepreneurial, innovation, and business community. Then, end users and attendees will get to discuss the problems, gather information that could power solutions, and build connections to innovate together. For this event, TAP-IN is calling upon end users working in agriculture, food, brew, and beverage. Learn more and find the agenda for Cultivate & Produce here.

Early Bird Tickets & Scholarships Available!
Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference Oct. 10-12

"Coming Together—The Confluence of Science and Society"

This annual conference expands cooperation and collaboration throughout Colorado for the purposes of  natural resource conservation, protection, and enhancement by informing participants about new issues and innovative projects and through valuable networking. Learn more and register here. Scholarships are available!

Save the Date: Farm-to-Table Tour "Innovating for Viability"—Pueblo to Rocky Ford, Sept. 27

We're partnering with the National Young Farmers Coalition, Colorado Ag Water Alliance and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union to offer this one-day tour focused on innovative solutions for agricultural viability. Hear from speakers and visit operations focused on irrigation efficiency, soil health, adaptation for climate change, alternative transfer methods, water quality and more. Participants will have the opportunity to sample local fare at a farm-to-table meal during the tour. Registration and more details are coming soon!

Save the Date: Regionalization Workshop "Considerations in Implementing Regional Water Solutions" —Colorado Springs, Oct. 24

This informative day-long workshop will explore the tradeoffs in regional water planning for achieving economies of scale, including a close examination of the opportunities, the hurdles, and the best approaches for success. Registration and details coming soon!

Webinar Coming Soon: Colorado's Water Data, a How-To

Get ready to mark your calendar and join us later this summer for a how-to webinar on using Colorado's Decision Support Systems and the myriad data and tools available there. Details and a date are coming soon!

Take the Next Step
  • Join CFWE on July 18 for a free Sustainability Awareness happy hour at Shift Workspaces Bannock in Denver. We'll be there along with Tesla and Solar City to share and learn about stewardship and sustainability over wine and hors d'oeuvres. Plus, there will be a few Tesla vehicles there to take for a spin! Find the details 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.  
  • Attend Colorado Springs Utilities' free xeriscape classes with numerous dates in the coming months. Find the schedule and class descriptions here
  • Colorado has been home to significant innovation in water law, policy, technology and institutions—that innovation was driven by optimism. Attend the Western Water Symposium and Barbecue "Water Optimism and Innovation" July 24 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Colorado State University. Learn more and register here
  • The Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference has been moved to the Steamboat Grand, August 22-24. Find the program and registration information here.
  • Shop Smile when you shop online with Amazon! Follow this link and Amazon will donate a percentage of the price of eligible purchases to CFWE. 

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