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HEADWATERS Pulse: March 2018

The WEco team and I have been keeping busy! As staff have been working on workshops, events and publications, I’ve been documenting, photographing and filming these activities.

Interviews have become a large portion of my job description, which I’m eager about because more interviews mean more videography opportunities. I interviewed Laura Spann, program coordinator for the Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD) and a WEco board member, back in February to discuss SWCD’s influence on public and tribal lands and her relationship with Water Education Colorado. The interview is featured on the blog and will appear in the Spring 2018 issue of Headwaters magazine.

However, the majority of the interviews I’ve conducted have been for this year’s President’s Reception, which is coming up on May 11th. This year, we’ll celebrate the work and leadership of Tom Cech director of the One World One Water Center at Metro State University, by recognizing him with the Diane Hoppe Leadership Award. We’ll also recognize Joe Frank, manager of the Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District, awarding him the Emerging Leader Award. I’ve been speaking with and filming the awardees and their colleagues, family, and friends. These interviews will eventually be pieced together into videos to show during the reception.

Check out my first video for WEco. We held the 2018 Water Festival Coordinator’s Gathering in February and I talked with some participants about their experience and about the upcoming festivals that will be held throughout Colorado. Individuals spoke about the event and how beneficial it was to share information on how to execute a successful water festival. 

And there’s more to come! I plan to attend the Climate and Colorado’s Water Future Workshop March 29th to document the event via photographs and film. There’s still space left—register and join us to learn and tour the National Ice Core Lab. 

Check out other upcoming tours and opportunities to engage with WEco in the newsletter below!

Cody Williams, Communications and Digital Media Intern

Could Colorado Soon Have a 2nd Wild and Scenic River?

2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. While Colorado is home to only one wild and scenic designated river, a second could soon be added to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. Through our Connecting the Drops radio program, in collaboration with Rocky Mountain Community Radio Stations, KGNU's Hannah Leigh Myers visited the remote Deep Creek and spoke with stakeholders to find out what makes Deep Creek a good fit for wild and scenic protection and why it has been 30 years since Colorado has designated a wild and scenic river. Hear the story here

From top to bottom, Deep Creek drops 4,500 feet, displaying nearly a full range of Colorado's ecosystems. Credit: Hannah Leigh Myers

On The Blog

Capitol Beat: Water Bills Advance as Legislature Reaches Half-Way Point

Two Years In: Water plan funding for ag viability and storage

Capitol Beat: Legislature Considers Alternatives to Buy and Dry

WEco Mission In Motion

Climate and Colorado's Water Future Workshop March 29

When we talk about climate in Colorado, we're often talking about the impacts that climate has on our water resources. As we navigate through the evolving era of climate change, it is becoming increasingly crucial to understand how water and climate are connected, what climate change means for our water future, and how we can adapt to build resilience. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the most up-to-date climate science and a comprehensive look at the relationship between climate and our water resources. We'll also tour the National Ice Core Laboratory! 

View the draft agenda and register here.

World Water Day Citizen's Guide Sale March 22

We're celebrating World Water Day with a sale on select Citizen's Guides! Visit our online store on Thursday, March 22 to take advantage of this one-day-only sale. 

Save the Date Rio Grande Basin Tour June 11-12

Join Water Education Colorado for our two-day 


June 11-12, 2018


Registration will open soon!

Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference: Save the Date & Call For Papers

2018 Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference
The Color of Water: Exploring the Spectrum
October 9-11, 2018
Westin Riverfront Resort, Avon, CO

Expanding 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. 

The call for papers will be open March 21-April 18

Member Happenings

St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District 2018 Water Symposium

Attend the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District's 2018 Annual Water Symposium on March 23 at the Shupe Homestead in Longmont. Learn more here.

Southwestern Water Conservation District 2018 Annual Water Symposium April 6

SWCD's 36th Annual Water Seminar on Friday April 6 is themed: "Weather the Weather: Building Resilience in Managing Our Water Resources." The agenda will be posted soon. Reserve your seat and learn more here. And read a few words about it in our interview with SWCD's Laura Spann, available here.

Arkansas River Basin Water Forum April 11-12

Attend the 24th Annual Arkansas River Basin Water Forum April 11-12 in La Junta. Registration and the program are available here

Flow 2018: Managing Rivers, Reservoirs, and Lakes in the Face of Drought

Registration for Flow 2018 is open and space is limited. Join this international gathering of instream flow specialists, practitioners, water managers, and scientists. The conference will be held in Fort Collins April 24-26. Register and learn more here

Take The Next Step

  • Support Water Education Colorado! Show your love for water education by donating, joining or renewing your membership.
  • Attend our 2018 President's Reception May 11 for a night of celebration, networking, and awards as we honor water leadership and raise money for water education in Colorado. Register here.  
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