Text Size

Site Search

President's Reception

Water Education Colorado Water Leadership

Heather Dutton, 2016 Emerging Leader Award

Heather Dutton, 2016 Emerging Leader Award

Water Manager and Restoration Specialist

By Justice Greg Hobbs (Ret) 

Heather Dutton webHeather Dutton, the newest manager of the San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District, glories in the heritage of the Rio Grande River. She’s a fifth-generation daughter of the Valley’s farming and ranching community, like her father Doug, who farms in the center of the Valley. A 2008 graduate of Colorado State University, she double-majored in rangeland ecology and natural resources management, adding a Master’s of Science in agriculture in December of 2010.

She’s also a student of the river and those who work and love the waters and the land. “Right out of school, I had the good fortune of landing a job with the Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project.” Sandwiched between older brother Cory and younger brother Chris, she had to learn “how to take stuff apart and put it back together.”

“The river’s like that, too,” she says. “It’s a big hydraulic system. Years of alteration, eroding stream banks, loss of anchoring vegetation, and putting stuff in the river took it apart. Restoration is about putting it back together.” 

Land and water right owners up and down the Rio Grande care about the river’s health because erosion capsizes stream banks, resulting in property loss and damage to diversion structures and critical habitat for threatened or endangered bird species, such as the willow flycatcher and the yellow-billed cuckoo. Increased sedimentation interferes with operation of local water rights and the delivery of water necessary to meet Rio Grande Compact obligations.

The San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District itself is sandwiched between the Rio Grande’s headwaters in the towering San Juan Mountains and senior surface water right owners on the Valley floor impacted by water well pumping north of the river, where much of the best of the Valley’s cropland exists. The District’s job under former manager Mike Gibson, and now Heather, includes shepherding well augmentation water from the Rio Grande Reservoir above Creede into the river to support agricultural, domestic, municipal and commercial uses in the Valley’s heartlands in cooperation with the Rio Grande Water Conservation District.

She sees her San Luis district board members as “big thinkers” who are highly motivated to cooperate with anyone who cares about the river and the Valley’s economy and environment. A remarkable alliance of governmental and nonprofit organizations and private property owners have united in the common interest of preserving the Rio Grande’s multiple land, water, wildlife and recreational functions. This includes the work of the Rio Grande Basin Roundtable and the Colorado Water Conservation Board as part of Colorado’s Water Plan, as well as its open space heritage fostered by the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust’s conservation easement program. “Engaging in hard conversations with mutual respect comes with the territory,” she says.

heatherpanamawebIn this milieu she thrives at work and play. “Luckily, I married a very adventurous guy, so we spend our weekends in the backcountry snowmobiling, skiing, backpacking, dirt biking, and camping.” Her husband, Tanner Dutton, who grew up in La Junta, is a range management specialist for the U.S. Forest Service’s sheep and cattle grazing program based out of Del Norte. Heather credits her mother, Julie Messick, as being “the person behind the scenes, keeping the family going!” She is also grateful to Travis Smith, Mike Gibson, and Steve Vandiver for “raising her up” in her career.

 

 

 

 

Governor John Hickenlooper, 2016 President's Award Recipient

Governor John Hickenlooper, 2016 President's Award
Colorado’s Water Governor, John Hickenlooper

By Justice Greg Hobbs (Ret.) 

hickenlooper sonia sotomayorweb
Governor John Hickenlooper and Justice Sonia Sotomayor at dedication 
of Ralph Carr Judicial Center, May 2, 2013.

 I began my interview with Governor John Hickenlooper in his office at our state's capitol building by suggesting he’d become our “Water Governor.” I brought along a copy of the Winter 2016 issue of Headwaters magazine, The Collaborative Alchemy Around Water Today. Its content features the tone he has helped set around the water courses of our state’s future.

I mentioned his 2012 “Year of Water” proclamation kicking off water education events throughout Colorado; his 2013 proclamation calling on the Colorado Water Conservation Board to coordinate preparation of a statewide water plan; and the November 2015 History Museum celebration where he toasted the hard work of the CWCB and the nine Basin Roundtables, recognizing also the Colorado General Assembly for its leadership role in passing the Water for the 21st Century Act in 2005.

He quickly steered me to the second week of his moving to Colorado in 1981, when he rafted the Arkansas River through Brown’s Canyon. “I discovered water in the West is more like poetry than prose. In the East, huge flows blunt everything. It’s more nuanced out here, like fly fishing.” He’s fascinated with how rivers became transportation corridors for settlement. He thinks state agencies work better if they relate well to the river basins they work in. He’s a reader, a thinker, and a conversationalist.

Born in Narberth, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, he majored in English at Wesleyan University and completed his Master’s degree in geology there in 1980. He worked as a geologist for Buckhorn Petroleum in the early 1980s, then, when the oil industry buckled, co-founded the Wynkoop Brewing Company near Denver’s old Union Station, participating in the remarkable remake of the lower downtown (LoDo) district centered around baseball’s Coors Field.

As a businessman, two-term mayor of Denver, and now in his second term as governor, he’s learned that “water affects people and enlightened self-interest” often leads to resolution. “The harder you listen the more you realize fights are often about things that aren’t really that important. When you hear others talk about their problems you find ‘I can fix that.’”

The terrible drought year of 2003 was his first as Denver’s mayor. While campaigning he’d heard some old-line civic leaders boasting the city could stand on its senior water rights, while Aurora and Douglas County had to cope with their less certain junior rights. But the self-interest of neighboring cities and counties were already aligned with each other and “establishing a context for relationships” was paramount. None can afford to have any other “run out of water.” His new appointees to the Denver Water Board, working with manager Chips Barry, relied less on Denver’s “cushion” and more on building cooperative relationships along the Front Range and across the Divide. Meanwhile, Denver residents cut their water use by 20 percent over a five-year period from 2003 to 2008.

As Colorado’s Water Plan was taking shape, the governor traveled throughout the state as Colorado experienced drought, fire and flood in rapid succession. I recall, in particular, a meeting in Fort Collins where he talked with northern Colorado Chamber of Commerce members about the expected doubling of our state’s population by the year 2050. Drawing on his experience as a businessman and municipal leader, he pointed to conservation, collaborative water projects, and environmental measures as essential to meeting Colorado’s future water needs.

The governor holds a deep regard for farmers and ranchers. “Preserving the long-term asset that is Colorado,” he says, requires protecting the quality of life on farms and ranches as well as in cities—and the streams for rafting and fishing. “It’s part of Colorado’s code of ethics. It’s not our water. It’s Colorado’s water.” As I left his office, our Water Governor reminded me he learned to work water in the brewery business. His purchase of the old Silver State Cleaners & Laundry property included a water well. Colorado’s water alchemy is a collaborative partnership he leads well personally and enthusiastically.

Drew Beckwith, 2017 Emerging Leader Award

Drew Beckwith, 2017 Emerging Leader Award

By Greg Hobbs

beckwithphotoDrew Beckwith, water policy manager for Western Resources Advocates, devotes himself to Colorado’s water conservation future. His particular focus is municipal water conservation and land use planning. A member of CFWE’s Water Leaders’ class of 2013, Drew helped shape the Citizen’s Guide to Water Conservation, Second Edition (2016). This guide explores a wide range of water-saving innovations for use in homes and cities, commerce and industry.

Drew’s a scholar, author and outdoorsman with west-wide perspective and experience. Growing up in Oregon, he graduated from Colorado College, where his senior geology thesis took him to Alaskan glaciers for the study of landforms and sedimentology. Drew then went on to obtain a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California at Santa Barbara. In southern California, he collaborated on stormwater control and reduction strategies for two watersheds around the City of Santa Barbara.

In Colorado, he dedicates his efforts to “healthy rivers and growing cities that have the water supply they need.” Achieving both of these are leading components of Colorado’s Water Plan. Drew is a frequent and articulate participant in water conservation workshops up and down Colorado’s Front Range. He cooperated with Colorado legislators to pass the rain barrel bill as a way to educate homeowners about the value of Colorado’s scarce water supply.

He especially enjoys helping local land use planning and municipal water supply entities get to know and work closely with each other. For example, he has helped convene city council persons, city managers, planning staff, and water providers of Aurora, Arvada, Broomfield, Castle Rock, Commerce City, Lakewood, Parker, Thornton, and Westminster for conservation workshops. He sees water reuse, good landscaping choices, and private sector expertise woven together in the design of attractive water-conscious communities. The three member team he leads for Western Resources Advocates is also assisting the Colorado River Basin states and the Bureau of Reclamation with implementation of water conservation savings and reuse measures throughout the basin. 

Drew is a skier, a rafter, and a volleyball player. His wife, Melissa, a ceramic artist, has her own graphic design business. They settled in Louisville to enjoy the life and views of a great small town with their two young children, Macy, who is six, and Miles, three.

Greg Kernohan, 2015 Emerging Leader Award

Greg Kernohan, 2015 Emerging Leader Award

Rise and Shine

By Justice Greg Hobbs

Greg Kernohan helps farmers and cities address water needs while benefiting waterfowl. For more than15 years, he has served as manager of conservation programs for Ducks Unlimited in Colorado. He has been both entrepreneurial and innovative in leading the South Platte Wetlands Focus Area Committee, managing the Union Mutual Ditch Company, and participating for the past 10 years as a member of the South Platte Basin Roundtable, most recently as its vice-chair.  

Focusing on wetlands as a nexus for meeting environmental,  agricultural and municipal needs, his expertise bridges many interests. Learning from leaders at Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District, Greg helped develop river augmentation projects on agricultural lands to recharge alluvial aquifers while greatly enhancing waterfowl habitat.

“The river augmentation credits directly benefit farmers that couldn’t pump without the credits," Greg explains. “No-injury plans for water rights and birds, I call them.”   

Greg and Ducks Unlimited also brought substantial investments to this collaborative work, accessing millions of dollars through North American Wetland Conservation Act grants. These grants require significant matching funds from diverse partners, which Greg’s team leveraged into nearly $20 million in Colorado for the purposes of protecting water resources, constructing infrastructure and providing wildlife habitat. “We’ve cooperated on over a dozen recharge projects along the South Platte, restoring and protecting 2,150 acres of wetlands capable of retiming water for augmentation.”

Greg’s passion for finding new ways to manage water led to him to participate in, and eventually direct, the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s FLEX Water Market grant project. Participants include the Colorado Corn Growers Association and the City of Aurora. “It’s the Corn Growers who got my supervisors’ attention. We have been at odds with some agricultural interests elsewhere,” Greg recalls, “but, a solid foundation of successful projects built in cooperation with agricultural and municipal friends allowed this diverse group to navigate contentious issues and build trust.”

Armed with a new degree in environmental law and policy, Greg looks forward to growing further into leadership roles that help Colorado address water resource issues. Luminescent and alive, rural and urban families shine like water off a duck’s back when they see and hear a mallard and his mate whir for a splash landing on a DU wetland recharge project. 

Eric Kuhn, 2017 Diane Hoppe Leadership Award

Eric Kuhn, 2017 Diane Hoppe Leadership Award Recipient

By Greg Hobbs

Eric Kuhn WEB 1Eric Kuhn, “big thinker, deep thinker,” is how his colleague Jim Pokrandt describes him. Thirty-six years ago, in the spring of 1981, Kuhn moved from southern California to join the Colorado River District’s staff as assistant secretary engineer. As an electrical engineer, he served as a Navy submarine officer, earned a master’s in business administration from Pepperdine University, and worked with Bechtel Corporation’s power group on the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.  

One of then-secretary engineer Rolly Fischer’s “greatest accomplishments” was hiring Kuhn, writes George Sibley in Water Wranglers a 75th anniversary history of the River District. “Whatever Kuhn might have lacked in water experience, he more than made up with a quiet and quick creative intelligence.” Another district colleague, Chris Treese, credits him with “maintaining harmony” in a 15-county district “naturally divided between tourism-dependent headwaters counties and more traditional ranching and mining counties.”

Harmony? Well, yes, maybe, for sure, and at times! The River District’s 15 board members are appointed by the boards of county commissioners representing a huge expanse of western Colorado, from west of the Divide to the Utah border, from the north slope of the San Juans to the Wyoming border. Differences are sure to arise given the changing needs and desires of sub-basins therein, but having common forums like the River District board is a good way to hash them out. 

In 1937, just for such a purpose, the Colorado General Assembly created the Colorado River Water Conservation District together with the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Water Conservancy District Act. The River District’s statutory mission is to “safeguard for Colorado, all waters to which the state of Colorado is equitably entitled under the Colorado River Compact.” In my preface to Sibley’s book, I describe this legislative charge as “an unusual example of tucking the outside skin of the fruit into its core and exposing its flesh to potential consumers.”

On becoming the River District’s general manager in 1996, succeeding Rolly Fischer, Kuhn assumed the neck-wrenching duty of keeping one eye on six downstream states and the Republic of Mexico, while keeping his other eye roving up and down Colorado’s Front Range spotting opportunities to protect western Colorado water. When he’s at home in Glenwood Springs, he focuses both eyes on an early morning bike ride along the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River.

It’s at the conjunction of waters Kuhn works best. As a young River District engineer, he constantly hit the road to becoming an intrastate and interstate water diplomat. As a member of the Western Slope Advisory Council, Kuhn helped former Governor Richard Lamm’s Metropolitan Water Roundtable examine possible alternatives to Denver Water’s proposed transbasin diversion, Two Forks Dam and Reservoir.

Parked in No-Go throughout the 1980s, one of the project’s alternates was an exchange of water up the Blue River through the West Slope’s more senior Green Mountain Reservoir (1935 priority) to Denver’s junior Dillon Reservoir (1946 priority), for transport through Denver’s  Robert’s Tunnel. After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Two Forks veto in 1991, this exchange materialized as a separate project with construction of the River District’s Wolford Mountain Reservoir on Muddy Creek north of Kremmling, completed in 1996. Some of this water goes to protect the endangered Colorado River fish while some goes to Denver by exchange. Some is for West Slope use. Kuhn and former River District engineer Dave Merritt collaborated with Denver Water’s Manager Chips Barry, to get this joint-use project up and running.

The key to the deal was keeping intact the senior downstream Shoshone hydroelectric water right in Glenwood Canyon (1902 priority), in the face of Denver’s multidecadal, unsuccessful federal court effort to assert a domestic preference for the water over West Slope uses. Denver Water and Northern Water’s Municipal Subdistrict (in mitigation for the Windy Gap Project at the junction of the Fraser River and the Colorado) contributed funds to Wolford Mountain Reservoir’s construction and subsequent operation.

None of this was any more complicated than any other matter involving the Colorado River. Protecting Colorado’s water allocation under the 1922 Colorado River Compact requires an ongoing all-Colorado commitment to preserving Lake Powell’s water delivery equalizing function with Lake Mead, while implementing the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program. Not to be forgotten in this milieu of water governance and politics is the cooperation of environmental groups, the Colorado Water Congress, the Bureau of Reclamation, the seven Colorado River Basin states, the Republic of Mexico, and the U.S. Congress. Healthy-as-can-be riparian habitat up and down the Colorado River, as it runs from Rocky Mountain National Park to the Sea of Cortez through Lake Powell and Lake Mead, is a goal worth pursuing. But achieving this in the midst of wicked drought, like the one we’ve just seen, is daunting.

Colorado’s new water plan, coordinated through the Colorado Water Conservation Board, nine local basin roundtables and a statewide Interbasin Compact Committee, aspires to many more collaborative agreements, like the Wolford Mountain agreement and the more recent Colorado River Cooperative Agreement that Denver Water, the River District and a score of others have entered into. When planning future projects, failure to take into account the risk of even greater droughts risks the state’s future.

This is why Kuhn rides his bike, gaining both a physical workout and thinking time. The Colorado River’s been good to him. He met his wife, Sue, in Glenwood Springs. They’ve raised their beloved daughters Hallie and Kenzie there. It’s a brainy, nuclear family composed of engineering, medical laboratory, bio-tech, climate change problem-solving geeks.  

Alan Hamel, 2014 President's Award Recipient

Caring for People and Watersheds,

Alan Hamel, President’s Award 2014

by Justice Greg Hobbs

Alan CUGrowing up in Pueblo in the 1950s, Alan Hamel liked to swim in the Arkansas River. His father, Bob, owned an automobile repair business. His mother, Jean, worked as a psychiatric technician at the state hospital. In those days, Pueblo was a gritty industrial town largely dependent on Colorado Fuel and Iron, its steel and iron mill the principal employer.  Ethnically diverse, a town of working men and women located at the confluence of the Arkansas River and Fountain Creek, Pueblo had a long history of manufacturing rails for the narrow gauges that opened up the Colorado Rockies for mining, timbering, settlement and recreation.

Alan is a son of Pueblo’s native watershed. His grandfather, Albin Hamel, served as supervisor for the San Isabel National Forest, stretching west of the city to the summit of the Sangre de Cristo range. Lacking any federal funds to build a recreational facility in the forest, Albin Hamel combined with the Commerce Club of Pueblo in 1918 to construct a use site in Squirrel Canyon, 30 miles west of the city. This became a West-wide model for introducing city-dwelling families to the joys of fishing, hiking, picnicking and camping in their local watersheds.

Working his way through college as a relief shift pump station operator for the Pueblo Board of Water Works beginning in 1960, Alan has become a model water worker and community builder. He’s a life-long water educator, serving as well on the board of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education from 2006-2012 as its treasurer. Today he chairs the Colorado Water Conservation Board, charged by Colorado’s General Assembly and the governor with collaborating in the development of a state water plan.

Consulting with the nine river basin roundtables and the Interbasin Compact Committee is the process by which this plan will come to fruition. Alan is a fortuitous fit for this complex volunteer job. He has devoted a lifetime to supplying water for people who love Colorado’s recreational grandeur and benefit from a paying job. 

In the course of managing Pueblo’s water department for 30 years, Alan shouldered up one great civic project after another. The city went on hard times when the steel mill’s work force was greatly reduced. But this didn’t stop this union town from diversifying its employment base. For the first part of his 52-year career with the Pueblo Board of Water Works, Alan was a member of the union that represented the water workers.

When he moved to management, his candor, energy, and person-to-person relationship skills bridged many difficult negotiations and forged ongoing alliances. Alan relates, “I learned to deal in issues and avoid stirring up people against each other. We reached agreement on a process for identifying problems and coming up with recommendations. You need working partnerships, good people.”

Not just in the workplace, but also in the marketplace and in the recreational places of our hearts, Alan has contributed remarkably. Some will remember, as recently as the 1970s, coming over the rise into Pueblo from the north and seeing little but an inversion of smoke and dust one had to drive through to get to Santa Fe. Today, you see a welcoming place standing clearly on the plains in sight of the shining Sangre de Cristos. 

You can walk and shop along the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk. Alan chaired that commission. You can fish the Arkansas a long ways back up to its source on the Divide. You can raft a long way back down the river from its headwaters.  As a member of the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District board, Alan helped put in place the voluntary water release regimen from Twin Lakes down to Pueblo Reservoir that makes possible a vibrant Arkansas River recreational corridor.  As a member of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, along with his fellow board members, Alan regularly votes for new and enhanced instream flow water rights to protect Colorado’s riverine environment.    

Drive slowly from Buena Vista to Salida on a summer day, go up to the revived Mt. Princeton hot springs and take a soak, hike into the Collegiate Peaks, take a look out on those lovely high mountain hay ranch open spaces irrigated by waters of the Arkansas, and you’ll see this business of Colorado’s agricultural, municipal and recreational economy is alive and well due to many public and private relationships well-forged by people like Alan.

A river can’t live to do its work and play and run along without being tended well. A good water plan serves the spectrum of human and environmental needs Coloradans value.    

The Pueblo Board of Water Works has a portfolio of transbasin Colorado River water rights and native Arkansas River water rights it owns, supplemented by annual deliveries from the Bureau of Reclamation’s Fryingpan-Arkansas Project. Most recently, under Alan’s tenure, Pueblo’s water utility has acquired 25 percent of the Bessemer Irrigating Ditch Company shares with storage in Pueblo Reservoir. It currently leases back 100 percent of this water to farmers.  The utility’s aim is to keep as much of this water as possible in agriculture, except when needed by the municipal customers it serves in scarce water years. It is looking at negotiating and implementing rotational land and water use plans for an enduring sharing arrangement between municipal and agricultural users.

“You need a good base load of storage to do this,” says Alan, “…enough flexibility to withstand drought. You don’t want to permanently dry up lands you don’t have to.”   

He adds, “Colorado needs a water plan. We’ve reached a time when, as a state, we need to come together for our future. We need to share water resources, infrastructure and tools we haven’t even thought about.”

Grace under pressure can gauge a person’s meritorious contribution to community. Alan treasures a polished-up brass pressure clock the employees of the Pueblo Board of Water Works gave him when he retired in 2012. It dates back to 1874, measuring the pressure along that pump station line he maintained as a working college kid.   

Sean Cronin, 2014 Emerging Leader Award Recipient

Shifting Rivers, Changing Course

Sean Cronin, Emerging Leader Award 2014

by Justice Greg Hobbs 

P8030002Sean Cronin got used to planning for drought in his former job as water resources manager for the city of Greeley. But since the devastating September 2013 flood in northern Colorado, he’s been coping with way too much water. 

As executive director of the St. Vrain & Left Hand Water Conservancy District, Sean is helping to piece together relationships necessary to construct more resilient water systems and riverine habitat for the near and long term.

He receives many phone calls from those who’ve lost stream frontage—or gained it—when canyon rivers burst their temporal perimeters, carved new channels, wrecked headgates, stranded ditches, and ruined homes built on what might have seemed reliable ground.

“I am trying to match up municipalities and ditch companies with state and federal financial help,” he says. “Our district includes some of the hardest-hit towns and water facilities, including Lyons. I try to deal with people’s passions and help them with information and solutions.”

Much of his work involves education. “Those with new streamfront property think they automatically get water rights now. Those who have water rights might push forward immediately with ‘permanent’ structures. But temporary measures might do the job and lead to better results for water users and riverine habitat in the long run.”

Sean’s steady resolutions under immense pressure are earning accolades.

Subcategories

Water protection and management is a complex process that involves a number of tradeoffs. Water Education Colorado strives to provide decision-makers at all levels with the tools and experiences needed to make increasingly informed water resource decisions. We believe that our local and state leaders must have access to balanced and accurate information to take responsible action. Visit the following pages to learn how Water Education Colorado is contributing to timely and accurate water education processes in Colorado.

Water Leaders Program

President's Award

 

webphotobanners
 
 
Each year Water Education Colorado bestows an award on a Coloradan who has a body of work in the field of water resources benefiting the Colorado public; a reputation among peers; a commitment to balanced and accurate information; among other qualities. Past recipients of the President's Award include John Fetcher (2007) and Ken and Ruth Wright (2008), Dick Bratton (2009), Russ George (2010), Nolan Doesken (2011), Representative Diane Hoppe and Senator Lewis Entz (2012), Jim Isgar (2013), Alan Hamel (2014), and Jim Lochhead (2015). In 2016, we retired the President's Award and renamed it the Diane Hoppe Leadership Award. Recipients of the Diane Hoppe Leadership Award include Governor John Hickenlooper (2016) and Eric Kuhn (2017). The award is presented at an invitational reception held each spring.
 
In 2010, Water Education Colorado introduced the Emerging Leader Award to honor recent work by a young Colorado professional to strengthen and improve water education in the state. Past winners include Eric Hecox (2010), Hannah Holm (2011), Amy Beatie (2013), Sean Cronin (2014), Greg Kernohan (2015), Heather Dutton (2016), and Drew Beckwith (2017).
Interbasin Compact Committee

Water Leaders Alumni

Some information about our wonderful water leader alumni!

As an Alumni of CFWE's Water Leaders course, you have developed connections with people throughout the state. Participants in the program come from a wide variety of water related professions and bring many different types and levels of expertise. CFWE would like the Water Leaders Alumni to continue sharing their knowledge with each other through hosting education tours, events, and seminars. CFWE is providing this website for water leaders to use to keep in contact with each other and to work together to further Alumni involvement in Colorado water resources.

webbannerwaterednetwork

Water Education Colorado is improving the understanding of Colorado water issues by increasing the amount, quality and effectiveness of water education—we've established a Water Educator Network for educators. Local water educators will thrive with tools, trainings and collaborations that are relevant to their work, easily accessible and simple to implement. Become a member to benefit from:

  • Technical Assistance
    Enjoy the expertise of consultants and attend regular in-person trainings and webinars on topics that matter to you such as program evaluation, watershed festival planning, interpretation techniques and more.
  • A Central Repository of Information and Resources
    Quickly find proven water education curriculum and offerings across the state. This one-stop shop will allow water educators to quickly find useful resources and has allowed Water Education Colorado and CAEE to partner around common goals to have a greater collective impact in the environmental education field. 
  • Customized Communication
    A monthly e-newsletter just for water educators will bring you the latest happenings and best practices in Colorado water education. Look for content on best practices, proven curriculum, upcoming funding, training opportunities and new programs. 
  • Networking
    Gather together to discuss successes and challenges and explore partnerships with a dedicated group of peers. Water Education Colorado will convene biannual member networking events, bringing together a statewide group of dedicated educators to discuss their eneds, successes and challenges plus form collaborations and partnerships.
  
watereducationcowebsite
 
1750 Humboldt Street, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80218
 
303-377-4433