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Water Planning & Distribution

River of Words is an international poetry and art competition for students on the theme of watersheds and the environment designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live, and to express what they discover in poetry and visual art.  The Colorado Center for the Book administers and judges the competition.  You can learn more at the Colorado Humanities website.

CFWE, in partnership with Colorado Humanities, developed a curriculum guide for the River of Words contest,  Teaching the Poetry of Rivers.  Teachers can use this curriculum to incorporate the multi-disciplinary study of watershed science and poetry into their classrom instruction. The free lesson plans and resources culminate with students submitting their original poetry to the nationally renowned River of Words poetry contest.

The deadline for the 2012-2013 competition was December 1, 2012.

Water Origin Resources

The Citizen's Guide to Where your Water Comes From explains how weather patterns and aquifers supply the water we use. Learn more about the intricate distribution systems Coloradans have developed to deliver water to our farms and cities.  Flip through the online version or purchase a copy.

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The Citizen's Guide to Colorado's Transbasin Diversions highlights the history, costs and benefits of these controversial water projects, from both an historic and current point of view. Flip through the online version or purchase a copy.

Transbasin Diversions


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