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HEADWATERS Pulse: April 2017

This Saturday, April 22, will commemorate the 47th anniversary of the first Earth Day. Launched in 1970, the annual Earth Day celebration now galvanizes millions around the world to pay attention to their environments and to make investments in caring for their air, land and water. At the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, we'll celebrate all the work that has been done in Colorado to carefully manage and attend to our water resources, to keep our rivers clean and flowing, to sustain our groundwater, and to use water efficiently on our farms and in our homes and industries so that Colorado remains a great place to live. Then on May 12, we'll host a much more personal celebration, our annual President's Reception, to honor Colorado water leaders who set the bar for impactful careers in water and demonstrate a strong commitment to water education. The President's Reception is also our annual fundraiser, and a chance for all of those who have made our work possible for 15 years and running to recommit themselves to the mission of non-advocacy water education and to invest anew. Our commitment to you is that we will continue to scrupulously manage the investments you make in our work, and we will leverage those investments to redouble our efforts to bring water education to a wider audience, to show people where their water comes from, to bring to light risks and vulnerabilities, and to help identify collaborative solutions for our sustainable water future. We invite you to join us on May 12 at the Denver Art Museum to celebrate water, water leadership, and all that is made possible through our collective impact, an impact borne of paying attention—and making an investment.

I hope to see you there! 
Jayla Poppleton, Executive Director



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President's Reception Annual Award Event and Fundraiser May 12

Join us for an evening of networking, delicious food, and camaraderie in support of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and our 2017 awardees

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

This year will also feature a LIVE AUCTION, with opportunities to bid on travel, unique experiences, and fun gear! 
Learn more and buy tickets here

Citizens Guides on Sale TUESDAY April 25

Keep celebrating Earth Day with us next week and save big during CFWE's ONE DAY SALE. On Tuesday April 25 beginning at 9 AM all of CFWE's Citizen's Guides will be discounted to just $5 each.

Increase the knowledge of your staff, volunteers, board, students, or constituents with the Citizen’s Guides, a series of high-quality reference booklets on Colorado’s water. Topics include Water Law, Conservation, Interstate Compacts, Transbasin Diversions, Water Quality, Where Your Water Comes From, Denver Basin Groundwater, Climate Change, and the Environmental Era. Limit: no more than 50 guides per customer. 

Is your organization tax-exempt? Call 303-377-4433 from 9:00-5:30 to order. Your call must be received on April 25 to be applicable for this special sale. Check our online store on the 25th to make your discounted purchase.

Urban Water Cycle Bike Tours June 6 and 7

There are just a few spots left!! Get on your bike and join us for a half-day tour June 6 or 7. 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. Registration is free but required. Don't miss your chance to sign up by clicking on the dates below:

June 6, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: There's just a spot or two left on the tour. Make sure it's yours or add your name to the wait list.
June 7, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: This tour is full! Sign up to add your name to the wait list.

Save the Date: 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. Mark your calendar—and stay posted for registration information. This workshop sells out every year!

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, a mere day before the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. More details and registration coming soon!

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 open in July. Don't miss it!

Webinar Recording: Cyanotoxins, Nutrients and Nonpoint Source Pollution

Did you miss last week's webinar? Don't worry! Expand your knowledge of water and public health by watching the recording of this 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. This webinar was presented in partnership by CFWE and the Colorado Water Congress with support from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  

Summer 2017 Internship Opportunity with CFWE: Dive into Water Education!

We're hiring a summer intern to join our team June through August 2017.

Are you a student interested in natural resources management, water law and policy, journalism and communications, and public engagement? Our work runs the gamut as we strive to educate Colorado’s decision makers, water resource managers, and broader populace about our most important resource: WATER! Learn more here and apply by May 16 or share with the interested and qualified students who you know!

Take the Next Step

  • 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 Arkansas River Basin Water Forum April 26-27 in Colorado Springs. This year's theme is "Meet the Gap" Learn more and register here
  • Join the Colorado Ag Water Alliance for a tour examining the impact of Colorado Agriculture in Greeley on May 10.See how water is used in irrigation and explore working farms and ditches. Learn more and register here.
  • Attend the Western Slope Conservation Center's workshop: Community-Directed Approaches to Mine Reclamation and River Restoration June 1-2, followed by a river festival and float June 3. Learn how communities can tackle the issues of mine reclamation and river restoration, while addressing diverse community needs and allowing for economic opportunities. Find out more and register here.
  • Check out Colorado Springs Utilities' free xeriscape classes with numerous dates in the coming months. Find the schedule and class descriptions here