Ski resorts offer summer fun as they look toward a water-short future

By Heather Hansman When Vail’s Epic Discovery Center, with its mountain coaster and disc golf course, opened in the summer of 2016, it became the first of five resorts within the White River National Forest to offer non-skiing activities. That’s thanks to a 2011 bill sponsored by Colorado Senator Mark Udall. The Ski Area Recreational … Continue reading Ski resorts offer summer fun as they look toward a water-short future

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Colorado eyes activating drought response plan

Program would aid hard-hit southern portions of the state By Jerd Smith, Water Education Colorado Colorado state officials will decide within the next 10 days whether to activate a drought response plan, a move designed to help farmers and towns in the ultra-dry southeastern and southwestern portions of the state. "The whole point of a … Continue reading Colorado eyes activating drought response plan

Colorado Water Supply Planning Takes On a New Methodology

By Ana Ruiz Back in 2004, shortly after the state’s worst drought on record, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) moved forward with the first in-depth technical study of Colorado’s water supply needs and gaps. The result was the first Statewide Water Supply Initiative (SWSI), which looked not only at water requirements but also identified … Continue reading Colorado Water Supply Planning Takes On a New Methodology

Water Education Colorado hires editor to lead news initiative

Water Education Colorado, an independent, nonpartisan and policy-neutral nonprofit based in Denver, is pleased to announce it has hired Jerd Smith, an award-winning editor and reporter, to lead a ground-breaking news initiative designed to expand coverage of the critical water issues facing Colorado and the American West. “Jerd is a respected journalist with a deep … Continue reading Water Education Colorado hires editor to lead news initiative

Capitol Beat: New Water Bills with One Month to Go

By Larry Morandi As the Colorado General Assembly nears its three-quarters post (adjournment is set for May 9), two new water bills have been introduced and heard in committee. The more contentious is House Bill 18-1301, which addresses water quality impacts of mineral mining. It would require reclamation plans for new or amended hard rock … Continue reading Capitol Beat: New Water Bills with One Month to Go

New Improvements for Colorado’s Instream Flow Program

By Jamie Duvall Turns out it takes more than just luck to keep water flowing through Colorado’s rivers. Colorado's instream flow program has protected streamflow conditions and provided flexible use options to water right owners for over 44 years. With its creation in 1973, the instream flow program gave the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) … Continue reading New Improvements for Colorado’s Instream Flow Program

Tom Cech, 2018 Diane Hoppe Leadership Award

On Friday May 11, Water Education Colorado will celebrate water education and water leadership at its annual President’s Reception. Each year, WEco honors the work of a Coloradoan who has a body of work in the field of water resources benefiting the Colorado public, a reputation among peers and a commitment to balanced and accurate … Continue reading Tom Cech, 2018 Diane Hoppe Leadership Award

Joe Frank, 2018 Emerging Leader Award

On Friday May 11, Water Education Colorado will celebrate water education and water leadership at its annual President's Reception. Each year, WEco honors the recent work of a Colorado professional with the Emerging Leader Award. This year, we'll recognize Joe Frank with the Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District. Join us to celebrate with friends … Continue reading Joe Frank, 2018 Emerging Leader Award

Study Session with Joe Burtard

Water Educator Network Member Feature – March 2018     Name: Joseph Burtard Position: External Affairs Manager Organization: Ute Water Conservancy District Became a WEN member: March 2015 Watershed: Colorado River Basin From: Carbondale, CO Favorite River: Thompson Creek  Our Favorite Quote: "It takes a community to raise a child and that’s exactly what the water festival is doing. We are planting … Continue reading Study Session with Joe Burtard

Solidarity through Water Law: Denver Law’s Symposium

The University of Denver Sturm College of Law Water Law Review will present its eleventh symposium, “Forging Sovereignty, Self Determination, and Solidarity through Water Law,” on Friday, March 30. From the symposium's website: Water has long served as a source of both great conflict and critical collaboration in the history of the United States. Especially for historically … Continue reading Solidarity through Water Law: Denver Law’s Symposium