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SMWSA Member Profile


Why does the South Metro Water Supply Authority (SMWSA) support Water Education Colorado?

SMSWA is an organization of many different water providers whose aim is to provide a secure and sustainable water future for our region, and we believe that partnerships, investment, efficiency, and education are key elements to achieving that goal. We feel that Water Education Colorado does a phenomenal job in bringing different points of view and accurate information to the table to create a better understanding of the water resource challenges we face throughout the state.

Why is water resources education important?

When we know more, we do better. Not only does clear, accurate information from multiple sources help policy-makers and other leaders make better decisions that affect every Coloradan, but water resources education is also important so that each individual can make informed choices in their everyday lives. They can be responsible stewards of this precious, limited resource. In other words, water education for everyone is a significant factor in the ultimate success of our communities, businesses, and families for generations to come.

What does SMWSA do?

When South Metro Water Supply Authority was founded in 2004, the idea was simple:  bring the many smaller water entities in south Denver together to create a regional water authority.

Today, our 13 water provider members serve about 80% of Douglas County and 10% of Arapahoe County residents. Together we are executing a plan to provide a secure and sustainable water future for the region. Through regional partnerships, a constant eye toward conservation and efficiency, and sound investments in water projects, we are transforming the region’s water supply and creating a sustainable future for generations to come.

Contact info

South Metro Water Supply Authority
8400 E Prentice Ave, Suite 315
Greenwood Village, CO 80111


CSU Member Profile

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Why does Colorado Springs Utilities support Water Education Colorado?

Colorado Springs Utilities was a founding member of the board of Water Education Colorado and helped shape its mission and vision, and helped hire the first Executive Director for the newly formed organization in 2002.  Water Education Colorado is important to the State of Colorado as they help educate citizens and legislators about the issues and complexities of water by creating communication programs and tools.

Why is water resources education important?

Water is a limited resource and Coloradans need to understand its complexities in order to value it. We must also ensure that future generations have the knowledge to make sound decisions and balance the needs of agriculture, environment, and responsible growth.  There will also be increasing demands in the future to fund aging infrastructure, incentives for new efficiency technologies, and the need to build new water systems.

What does Colorado Springs Utilities do?

Colorado Springs Utilities is a four service, water, wastewater, electricity and natural gas provider for the greater Colorado Springs area.

Contact info

Colorado Springs Utilities
111 S. Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

SPWRAP Member Profile

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Why does the South Platte Water Related Activities Program support Water Education Colorado?

Water Education Colorado is a well-supported organization that provides education on water matters around the state.  Member dues go to very credible programs and materials such as their Headwaters Magazine, Citizens Guides and various on-line resources.

Why is water resources education important?

Water is critical to life.  It is good for people to know where their water comes from and all the work that goes into getting water delivered to their taps and the issues surrounding the availability and delivery of water.

What does SPWRAP do?

SPWRAP is a Colorado nonprofit corporation established by Colorado water users for the purpose of representing water users' interests and partnering with the State of Colorado to implement the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program in central Nebraska.

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Network Goals

The Water Educator Network aims to build the capacity of local water educators, and thereby increase the amount, quality and effectiveness of water education in Colorado communities. Strong and effective water education programs have the potential to grow the knowledge, change the attitudes and increase the involvement of tens of thousands of Colorado youth and adults annually. This will lead to a more active and involved citizenry that advocates for balanced, sustainable solutions. The Water Educator Network accomplishes this through the actions below. Read more about the Networks goals and first year of accomplishments here

Central Repository of Information

Search for and share water education resources! CFWE has partnered with the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education to create a Water Educator Network portal on their resource directory. Water Educator Network members can add and update their respective programs plus connect with related resources. Browse the directory here.

Customized Communication

Members can look forward to semi-monthly e-newsletters related to best practices and proven curriculum in water education, upcoming funding opportunities, trainings, tips, and new or highlighted programs happening around the state. Find the latest here.

Convening Forum

Water Educator Network members benefit from biannual members-only networking events. These forums bring together a statewide group of dedicated educators to discuss their needs, successes and challenges plus form collaborations and partnerships.

Specialized Training

The Water Educator Network will offer professional development opportunities to members by hiring expert consultants to deliver quarterly in-person trainings and webinars. Initial topics include understanding and interpreting technical water resource issues, community event and water festival planning and program evaluation techniques

Save the Date: Yampa Basin Tour

Mark your calendar and save the date for June 11-13 to join CFWE's annual river basin tour adventure!

We'll gain first-hand experiences learning about river recreation, agriculture, ecological health, future water demands and more in Northwestern Colorado's Yampa Basin. Tour with a diverse group of elected officials, decision makers, water professionals, interested citizens and many others to gain access to exclusive sites and expert speakers. Download the draft itinerary and get ready to register to see, experience and hear from:

  • Elkhead Reservoir
  • Craig Power Plant
  • Carpenter Ranch
  • City of Steamboat Springs
  • Stagecoach Reservoir
  • Finger Rock Preserve
  • And others along the way!


Read more: Save the Date: Yampa Basin Tour

NEW Water Educator Network


The Colorado Foundation for Water Education brings you an all new Water Educator Network!

We're improving the understanding of Colorado water issues by increasing the amount, quality and effectiveness of water education. Local water educators will thrive with tools, trainings and collaborations that are relevant to their work, easily accessible and simple to implement. Learn about Network membership benefits and events here or join us for:

July 30: Water Festival Season Debrief 9 am-12 pm at MSU Denver. Learn more and Register here
TBA: "program evaluation" and "working with schools"


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WEco Climate Resources

Guide to Colorado Climate Change presents a range of contemporary climate change information written by experts. Take a look.

Water 101 Sheets are one-page references available for download and distribution. Explore the basics of drought, and wildfire or read various water conservation tips through a series of fact sheets. Interested in additional resources? Find them herefact_sheetsClimate Workshop
Participants tour the National Ice Core Lab, hear how researchers study climate and what that means locally. Learn more.

Connecting the Drops Radio

Listen to a radio feature on climate change's effects on Colorado farmers, spring runoff, and irrigation.

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