By Natalie Stevens, City of Greeley
Are toilet replacement efforts effective? How do Colorado cities plan for drought? What are the political impacts on water conservation programs? Is more money needed for water efficiency or are more regulations the way to go? The answer to these questions and more will be part of the Colorado WaterWise Summit on October 19 in Denver.
This Summit is designed for water supply planners, environmental professionals, conservation professionals, elected officials, city planners, educators, green industry professionals, and green builders and developers to learn more about what is happening at the State and local level relating to water conservation and water efficiency. The Summit also provides tools and tactics for implementing a variety of water efficiency programs.
This year’s exciting program includes featured speakers such as Eric Wilkinson with Northern Water, Nolan Doesken with the Colorado Climate Center, and Mary Ann Dickinson with the Alliance for Water Efficiency, and many other leaders in water conservation. Case studies on toilet retrofitting, irrigation management and outdoor water use will identify issues and outcomes of specific programs. A session on Colorado House Bill-1051, measuring and reporting water conservation to the state, prompts a discussion on the effectiveness of incentives and regulations, and the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s Water Conservation Technical Advisory Group. In addition, there are presentations on the drought, including a discussion of drought parallels between 2002-2012, and a panel from utilities planning and preparing for drought.
The Colorado WaterWise Water Conservation Summit is a great networking opportunity to meet other water conservation professionals to share experiences and new ideas. The cost to register for the Summit is $100 for Colorado WaterWise Members and $150 for non-members. Early bird registration ends on September 19; the registration cost will rise to $150 for members and $200 for non-members.
Colorado WaterWise is also looking for organizations to sponsor the summit. Sponsors to date include: Northern Water at the Platinum level, City of Greeley Water Conservation and the Colorado Water Conservation Board at the Gold sponsorship level. Bronze level sponsors include: Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District, Colorado River District, Fort Collins Utilities, Headwaters, Hunter Industries, Sprinkler Times and American Conservation and Billing Solutions.
This event is presented by Colorado Water Wise, a non-profit organization that provides resources to the Colorado conservation community. Please visit www.coloradowaterwise.org for additional information and to register for or sponsor the Summit online.