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How Austin, Texas got Water Wise Using Data

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At the most recent Colorado WaterWise Lunch n’ Learn, Robb Barnitt talked about the success of Austin Water’s pilot program with Dropcountr.

Ever forgotten to lock the front door or close the garage when leaving the house? Luckily there are home security apps that will fix that for you, but what if a faucet is leaking in your home or the hose outside is still on? There’s an app for that, it’s called Dropcountr.

Colorado WaterWise, an organization that serves as a leader in efficient water use in Colorado, featured Dropcountr during their most recent Lunch n’ Learn on July 13 with a presentation from Robb Barnitt explaining how the app saved 41 million gallons of water in Austin, Texas. The Dropcountr app gives homeowners and water utilities access to real-time water-use data in an organized format.

Austin Water tested Dropcountr with their users and saved 41 million gallons of water over the first year. Austin, Texas, one of the fastest growing metro areas in the United States, relies on Texas’ Colorado River and groundwater to hydrate their people, lawns and animals. Austin Water was looking for a way to accommodate the water needs of their fast growing city and encourage water conservation.logo-1[1]

Water data can be intimidating and difficult to understand because of the sheer amount of data. For most people, looking at water bills can be confusing, time consuming, and difficult to understand their home water use. To address this issue, Austin Water started a pilot program with the Dropcountr app in June 2015 with about 8,500 customer accounts. The app provides the user with a dashboard that shows water usage data every hour, data from previous weeks, months, and years, and will allow the user to compare their household with other similar households in the neighborhood. The app can send alerts if it detects a leak in your home, making homeowners more aware so they can fix leaks in order to save water and money. Users also have the opportunity to set goals for water usage. This encourages people to conserve water and provides homeowners with tips for how to conserve and rebates for purchasing high efficacy appliances. Austin Water saw a nine percent reduction in water usage. In the top 20 percent of highest water users, they saw reduction of 17 percent.

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Dropcountr shows real-time water usage amounts as well as data from past months and years.

Dropcountr estimates users save 30 gallons per day because they are aware of how much water they are using or aware of leaks in their home. This type of access to real-time water data will bring awareness to the amount of water that is being used in a household and provide tips for conservation.

For Austin Water, the app seemed like a no-brainer as everyone has a cell phone on them at all times so it seemed like the most efficient, effective way to reach water users.

Denver Water is also involved in an pilot program with Dropcountr! Are you a Denver resident? Download the app and start tracking your usage and data.

summer2017datahwcoverFind further coverage of water data in the Summer 2017 Data Issue of Headwaters magazine. Intrigued with access to real-time water-use data? Check out the story on page 16 of Headwaters and listen to the latest episode of our radio series, Connecting the Drops Using Real-Time Data to Encourage Water-Wise Habits.

Not a Headwaters subscriber? Visit yourwatercolorado.org for the digital version. Headwaters is the flagship publication of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and covers current events, trends and opportunities in Colorado water.

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A Citizen’s Perspective on Her Water Utility

By Kristin Maharg

As a professional working to educate Coloradans on the value of water resources, I’m drawn to public process. How are we exposed to civic issues, why should we care about community planning and what are meaningful ways to participate in decision-making? These are powerful questions that can lead to a more engaged citizenry and hopefully, a more sustainable future. So when the opportunity to serve on Denver Water’s Citizens Advisory Committee came to me six months ago, I was eager and honored to dive in.

Members of the Citizens Advisory Committee.

Members of the Citizens Advisory Committee.

The CAC was created in 1978 as a result of public concern about growth issues and environmental impacts, forming a citizens group charged with representing public interests. There are ten of us from the West Slope, city and suburbs of Denver, amongst others, that advise the Board of Water Commissioners on matters of citizen participation. One of our biggest topics this year has been Denver Water’s new rate structure stakeholder process. I had no idea how involved and complicated this could be! Now when I open my water bill, I appreciate what it all means for a utility’s cash flow, conservation incentives and customer affordability.

On top of Strontia Springs dam with Denver Water and Aurora Water intake structures in the background.

On top of Strontia Springs dam.

Instead of our typical monthly meeting, in July the CAC went on a full day tour of Denver Water’s East Slope infrastructure. How nice it was to sit back and let someone else direct a water tour! As a record-breaking wet spring, I wondered how the challenges of a water provider would be different than in a drought year…

After stopping at the historic Kassler Treatment Plant where water passed through giant open sandboxes to filter debris, we traveled up Waterton Canyon where families of bikers, hikers and anglers enjoyed the beauty of the South Platte River… while looking out for bighorn sheep! At the top we reached Strontia Springs Reservoir, which serves as the final vessel for raw water supply distribution to Marston and Foothills treatment plants. In somewhat of an art deco design, Strontia was spilling for another record of 56 days this year… all that water unusable to Denver Water, closing the canyon below for safety, blowing out the wooden High Line diversion and ultimately filling up Chatfield Reservoir. Later we’d have lunch around those flood waters and get a glimpse of what Chatfield Reallocation will look like as the water level increases from 5332 to 5344 feet.

Dave Bennett and Scott Roush over lunch at Chatfield.

Dave Bennett (Denver Water) and Scott Roush (Colorado Parks and Wildlife) over lunch at Chatfield.

The CAC also talked about emerging water quality issues on our field tour. Most fascinating was the piece about managing flows for fisheries 100 miles up the watershed between Spinney Mountain and Elevenmile Canyon reservoirs. Trout prefer low flows when they spawn in the spring, which is clearly not when our rivers are low. Strontia Springs is apparently one third full of sediment as a result of the Buffalo Creek and Hayman fires, resulting in operational and treatment challenges. Interestingly, when those pine needles burn, manganese is released as a by-product. Down at the Foothills Treatment Plant, we met with a modest yet enthusiastic staff, who turn that murky runoff into crystal clear drinks. Another treatment challenge is the sheer scope of their distribution system… keeping out pathogens for the two weeks it takes for a drop to arrive at DIA.

Double Curved Arch dam releasing 1250 cfs

Double-curved arch design from 1980s, releasing 1250 cfs on July 16, 2015.

Whatever city or watershed you consider yourself a citizen, the key take-away for me as a CAC member is to promote cooperative and creative solutions for our future water demands. When our water utilities explore regional planning, direct potable reuse and more aggressive rate structures – all the while considering the technical and legal constraints of our water right system – we have a role as consumers of that resource to understand the implications of those solutions. What will it take to ensure healthy water supplies for all users? What are you willing to do to bring water to your tap? Share your thoughts and ideas!

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Learning about water and planning for Colorado’s looming water crisis

CFWE's urban waters bike tours help Coloradans understand the connections between urban rivers, water supply and the environment.

CFWE’s urban waters bike tours help Coloradans understand the connections between urban rivers, water supply and the environment.

When an earthquake hits or a wildfire blazes, there’s little doubt that a natural disaster is under way. But a water crisis can creep up slowly over years. Most people won’t even notice the problem until their taps runs dry and water rates skyrocket.

That’s why it’s important to get people involved in Colorado water planning before there’s a big emergency, according to Tom Cech, director of the One World Water Center at Metropolitan State University at Denver.

Last week, Bob Berwyn published this story in the Colorado Independent, with a significant tip of the hat to water education. Read the full piece here. He goes on to write:

Water literacy is crucial to spur involvement in Colorado’s statewide water planning, according to outreach experts with the Colorado Foundation for Water Education.

To help cut through the haze of jargon and connect people to water issues, the nonprofit is sponsoring summer events including water tours and two free cycling treks along the South Platte River in early June.

The bike tours include short talks about how to make sure there’s enough water in the future for growing cities, thirsty farms and healthy rivers.

“People don’t think about water until it’s not coming out their faucet, but by then, it might be too late in terms of a water plan,” said CU Boulder’s Elizabeth Koebele, a PhD student researching Colorado River water-planning efforts.

Photo courtesy of Havey Productions. Participants of CFWE's Water Efficiency Tour will visit various water reuse and recycling facilities along Colorado's Front Range in June.

Photo courtesy of Havey Productions. Participants of CFWE’s Water Efficiency Tour will visit various water reuse and recycling facilities along Colorado’s Front Range in June.

CFWE is also offering a two-day water efficiency tour (June 11-12), with a detailed look at what Front Range cities and utilities are doing to make sure the taps don’t run dry.

There’s not much appetite (nor extra water) for building giant dams and pipelines to take water from Western Colorado to the Front Range, so the first draft of the water plan focuses on conserving and reusing water.

Such incremental steps, along with increased cooperation among Front Range cities, can go a long way toward averting a Colorado water crisis, according to Cech.

“In the big picture, it’s not all that complicated, but there’s no substitute for seeing something with your own eyes,” said Cech, who will host the first stop of the tour by talking about conservation at the Auraria Campus.

A visit to Denver Water’s recycled-water plant will illustrate some of the challenges of using recycled water, both in terms of cost and public perception. Not everybody is keen on drinking recycled water, said Cech.

“If the pipe goes right from the recycling plant to people’s taps, there’s not a comfort level. But for some reason, if it goes back into nature first and runs down a stream for awhile, people are OK with it,” he said.

Other stops on the tour include a dinner event with a presentation by Ellen Hanak, of the Public Policy Institute of California, on what Colorado can learn from California’s current epic drought.

To get involved in the water planning process, go to the website for Colorado’s Water Plan.

For more information about the tours, go to the CFWE website.

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Lawyer, Scholar, River Master: Jim Lochhead

Next Friday, May 8th, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education will celebrate water education and water leadership at its annual President’s Award Reception.  Each year, CFWE bestows the President’s Award on an awardee 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. This year CFWE will honor Jim Lochhead with this award. Join the celebration. Register here to attend at 6 pm May 8 at Space Gallery. We’ll enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, a famous game of “Wine Toss”, an art giveaway, and a fun evening with friends.

By Justice Greg Hobbs

When I was young the waters sang of being here before I am,
of falling sweet and soft and slow to berry bog and high meadow.

Consider the geography of the Colorado River and Jim Lochhead. Arise each morning along the river in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Have your first cup of coffee in Pasadena, California, fed by the river through the Colorado River Aqueduct.

Colorado and California have gone head to head over the waters of the Colorado River since the early 20th century. The entire length of the river from its source in Rocky Mountain National Park to Mexico’s delta reflects Jim’s personal and professional lifeline. He was born in Pasadena in the mid-20th century; Delph Carpenter in Greeley in the late 19th century. Architect of the 1922 Colorado River Compact, Carpenter forged himself into becoming Colorado’s first interstate water diplomat. Lawyer, scholar, river master, Jim is Delph’s 21st century successor.

Growing up amidst the sunshine glory of Southern California, its beach athletics and orange grove sweets, Jim migrated upriver joining his nurse wife, native Coloradan Abby, in pursuing their small town professional practices in Glenwood Springs. When you settle in a river town, you get to know — close up and personal — how the glow and health of these communities fluctuate like snowmelt in a water gauge. When the gauge is full, all is well. When the gauge is empty, hire yourself a really good water attorney. Through tenacious credibility and leadership, Jim is among the best of them.

And shape the stones to carry me when I am young and full of fight

for roaring here and roaring there, for pouring torrents in the air.

As a partner in a small Western Slope law firm, Jim put together water supply plans for growing communities along the Colorado main stem and its tributaries from the Divide to the Utah border. Because the Colorado River flows east by transbasin diversion to Colorado’s Front Range and southwest to the Sea of Cortez, you don’t become a river expert except through hard work, common sense, and humility.

Jim served as big case litigation counsel to the Colorado River Water Conservation District in some really difficult federal cases in the 1980s and 1990s pitting the City and County of Denver against the River District, the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. At stake was the right to protect the waters of Green Mountain Reservoir, a compensatory feature of the 1937 Colorado-Big Thompson Reclamation Project, for the intended Western Slope water uses. Denver attempted to usurp the ability of Summit, Grand and Eagle County communities to utilize Green Mountain releases to offset diversions on Colorado River tributaries above the 1903 Shoshone run-of-the river hydroelectric power water right in Glenwood Canyon.  Jim and colleagues won that case against Denver in a 1991 decision by the 10th U.S. Court of Appeals.

A revolution in Colorado water was occurring at the same time. The federal courts upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s veto of Denver Water’s Two Forks transbasin project. The Denver Water Board doubled up. It hired Chips Barry from his position as executive director of Colorado’s Department of Natural Resources and it set his engaging embrace loose.

The mystery of a Divide is this, you can stand on opposites and not lose your balance, half of you belongs to the other ocean. 

Chips helped renew Denver and Colorado, implementing several master water exchange stipulations negotiated by Jim and colleagues benefitting western and eastern Colorado.  These agreements respect the superior right of Western Slope water uses, even as Denver Water won the ability to firm up water for its million-plus customers.  Queen City meets Mountain Stronghold!

Jim also proved his water diplomacy mettle as a member of Colorado’s Water Conservation Board. From securing instream flow water rights for preservation of Colorado’s environment to protecting its interstate water compact entitlements for present and future use, he excelled.  He became Chips’ successor as Executive Director of Colorado’s Department of Natural Resources, following Clyde Martz and Ken Salazar, and served as Colorado’s commissioner for the Upper Colorado River Compact Commission.

His subsequent law practice partnership with the Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shreck law firm extended his interstate reach to matters involving the Great Lakes Compact, Idaho’s Snake River Basin Adjudication, and New Mexico’s effort to comply with the Pecos River Compact with Texas. East Slope and West Slope Colorado municipalities and water districts hired him to counsel Colorado in high risk/high stakes negotiations involving all of the Colorado River Basin states and their many component interests. During those days and plunk in the middle of many long nights, no doubt, Jim authored a major article for the University of Denver Water Law Review addressing “An Upper Basin Perspective on California’s Claims to Water from the Colorado River.”

Know them by their names: need, conflict, confusion, good will.  Always the River at the heart of all possibility. One body, one spirit, many futures.

Due to tough and resolute negotiations, Jim often in the center of them, cogs are not whirling off the flywheel of the 1922 Colorado River Compact. They’re grooving and synching. California has cut back from taking 5.3 million acre-feet of Colorado River water annually to living within its 4.4 million acre-foot share. The seven states and Mexico have negotiated shortage criteria, compelled by 15 years of drought and aggravated climate change risk. Mexico is enjoying water storage in Lake Mead. Dietary water conservation measures are taking root in willow shoots and restored riparian habitat. Transboundary environmental allies are singing the Beatles song, Get Back!  Get some pulse flow water back into the bone-dry Colorado River channel in Mexico! It’s a picture puzzle of persistent increments the willow flycatcher and the river-swimming pikeminnow, among the rest of us, depend upon for survival.

This morning Jim Lochhead, chief executive officer of Denver Water, will enjoy a first cup of coffee at his northwest corner desk looking out to the Great Divide. Half that cup will be South Platte water; half Colorado River water. As a whole it’s all Colorado’s water. Jim will be back on the phone attempting to implement the break-through Colorado River Cooperative Agreement between Denver and a myriad of Western Slope water supply and environmental interests. Whereby, water sharing in a water-short state might have another once and future better day.

Shall we dwell in the great houses of our many communities?

(Excerpts from Colorado Mother of Rivers, The Mystery of a Divide, and San Juan Our Way Out Of It? by Greg Hobbs)

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A conversation with Jim Lochhead and Eric Kuhn on water supply, transbasin diversions, conservation and more

Transbasin diversions have had a long, changing and important history redistributing water across Colorado.  In partnership, the Colorado Water Congress and Colorado Foundation for Water Education coordinated a series of webinars looking at these projects and exploring questions that are arising in the drafting of Colorado’s Water Plan. The final webinar was a video-cast conversation between Denver Water’s Jim Lochhead and the Colorado River District’s Eric Kuhn. After a lively conversation, a few questions from listeners went unanswered. Below are some thoughts from Jim Lochhead and Eric Kuhn responding to those participant questions. 

Panelists Jim Lochhead and Eric Kuhn, prompted by moderator Dan Luecke, discuss Colorado's transbasin diversions.

Panelists Jim Lochhead and Eric Kuhn, prompted by moderator Dan Luecke, discuss Colorado’s transbasin diversions.

Q: While big projects may be a long way off, the IBCC keeps referencing possible new transbasin diversions on the Yampa, Green or Gunnison. Why spend time on the Seven Points if no big transbasin diversion is really necessary? -Brent Gardner-Smith, Aspen Journalism

Jim Lochhead: The IBCC Seven points offer a framework for discussion, particularly around providing more security for our Colorado River supplies. If we can’t achieve operational security for our Colorado River supplies through the operation of federal Upper Basin reservoirs and management of demands during critically dry periods, then the development of new major transmountain diversions and the dry-up of irrigated agriculture may become necessary. Hopefully an understanding of these issues will allow for more experimentation and piloting of ideas, such as the System Conservation Agreement.

Eric Kuhn: The value of the discussions of the Seven Points on the West Slope has been an increased understanding and sensitivity to the [Colorado River] Compact risk issues. My view is that there has always been (and there may always be) a constituency on the East Slope that believes Colorado’s water problems can be solved by importing water (and thus exporting the problems) from somewhere else. Folks with this view are at the table and have to be a part of the discussion.

Q: Might we consider including those in the regulatory arena in those early, collaborative discussions to expedite the later permitting and review process– Jim Luey, EPA

Jim Lochhead: It is definitely worth exploring whether regulators can be brought into early, collaborative discussions consistent with legal obligations. Ideally, at a minimum, regulators will have a better understanding of the permit applications and environmental compliance and would be able to more quickly develop analysis and work with project proponents and the public.

Eric Kuhn: I agree with Jim. The concept has been discussed for many years, but has proven to be very difficult to implement.

 Q: Is there room for Front Range entities who use West Slope water to adopt a more proactive approach to safeguarding the environmental health of West Slope rivers? Colorado Springs, for example, does not seem to want to talk about the environmental health of the Roaring Fork, even though close to 40 percent of the river’s water is diverted.

Jim Lochhead: I can’t speak for Colorado Springs. At Denver Water, we are acutely aware that the environmental health of the watersheds and rivers that are the sources of our supply is critical to the long-term sustainability of those supplies and our obligation to supply water to our customers. We continually educate our customers about the interconnection between environmental health and their water supply and believe that they support our programs to increase watershed and aquatic health—on both the East and West Slopes.

Eric Kuhn: I agree with Jim’s answer.

Q: Colorado water law and administration tends to encourage people to divert more water than they need to meet their legitimate consumptive uses. Is there a way to change that, perhaps by requiring a transparent public measurement of “current consumptive use” as assessors do with houses and land?

Jim Lochhead: One way to encourage, or even enforce, better and more efficient management is to more forcefully enforce prohibitions against waste by requiring or at a minimum incentivizing greater efficiency. Denver Water’s conservation mantra is “Use Only What You Need,” which should apply across all sectors.

Eric Kuhn: On the West Slope there is too much confusion between diversion “efficiency” and measures that reduce consumptive use. The only real ways to reduce consumptive use are by reducing evapotranspiration by plants and evaporation by the sun. Depending on the location of the diversion, bad “efficiency” is often good for the environment, because the delayed return flows hold up late season stream flows.

Q: Colorado experienced some condiserable rainfall flooding damage in the last couple years on the Front Range especially. Obviously capture and retention of stormwater is an important source of water for domestic usage. The new water plan supports developing new water storage facilities to hold water from winter snow melt to spread water delivery over a longer period than just the natural May, June, July runoff period. I don’t see any reference in the SB 14-115 reports to flood control aspects in these new water storage projects. Flood control has historically been a major reason for creating reservoirs. My question is, why no flood control concepts in the SB 14-115 report and water plan? -Bob Jenkins, Colorado Home Builders

Eric Kuhn: Stormwater is one of those areas where we have become servants of water law (as opposed to it serving us). In over-appropriated basins, like the Platte, the problem is that stormwater management can be viewed as an out of priority diversion. This is an area that requires additional discussions with the State Engineer’s Office. On the flood control question, there is an inherent conflict between operating a reservoir for water storage vs. flood control. For flood control reservoirs, we want to keep them empty because we never know when we’ll get another September 2013 flood. For water storage, we want them full, because we never know when we’ll be entering the next critical drought. Many reservoirs do in-fact have both purposes, but there is a delicate balance and tension between these purposes. The lengthy Chatfield Reservoir reallocation process is a good example of how difficult these issues are to analyze and resolve.

There are 27 transbasin diversions in Colorado that move more than 580,000 acre-feet of water each year from one of Colorado’s four major river basins to another. Read more in CFWE’s Citizen’s Guide to Colorado’s Transbasin Diversions. And hear more from these speakers Jim Lochhead and Eric Kuhn on a panel at the 2015 Colorado Water Congress Annual Convention.

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It’s Fix a Leak Week

It’s happening! Fix a Leak Week is March 17-23, as declared annually by the Environmental Protection Agency. We all know that leaks are wasteful (of both water and your money) and have no real value. Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide. From the City of Brighton’s blog:

“Leaks can account for more than 10,000 gallons of water in an average home every year – enough water to wash nearly 10 months’ worth of laundry,” said Dawn Hessheimer, Brighton’s Water Resource Specialist. “As a WaterSense partner, we are encouraging consumers to find and fix leaks to save water in our community.”

And from Fort Collins Utilities:

A dripping faucet, commonly caused by worn washers and gaskets, wastes approximately 3 gallons a day and is typically easy to repair. Leaky toilets are often silent and can easily go undetected. To check for silent leaks, add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank and wait 15 minutes before flushing. If dye appears in the bowl, there is a leak. Toilet leaks are typically the result of a worn toilet flapper, an inexpensive and relatively easy part to replace.

Join the EPA and folks across the country in checking and fixing plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems. You can fix those leaks yourself, or attend workshops, events and take advantage of discounts and giveaways around the state to learn more such as:

  • Live in Denver? Denver Water suggests replacing your old toilet with the help of a Denver Water rebate
  • Get in touch with the Center for ReSource Conservation to participate in their Slow the Flow program and receive a water audit. Sign up on their website here
  • Contact a WaterSense partner to inspect your irrigation system– you’ll find partners around the country
  • The City of Thornton provides indoor water audit kids and water checkups to customers. But this week, if you happen to be in Thornton, watch for garbage trucks with a variety of clever conservation signs and messages. Learn more about the City of Thornton Water here 
  • Patterson Plumbing, based in Pueblo, is offering free plumbing inspections and leak detection searches for homeowners. Check out their blog here
  • Colorado Springs Utilities is partnering with Jack Quinn’s Irish Bar to host a Chasing Down Leaks and Fix a Leak Week booth at Jack Quinn’s local weekly 5k running club TODAY March 18th. Visit CSU’s booth for toilet leak detectors, Fix a Leak Week materials, rebate information and more. Learn more about CSU’s Fix A Leak program here
  • Look for more tips and background in the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s Citizen’s Guide to Colorado Water Conservation. This popular guide is now on sale just in time for Fix a Leak Week!

What else is happening around our state for Fix a Leak Week? Tell us! And share what you are doing to conserve water.

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Water Leadership

By Dana Strongin, 2013 Water Leaders graduate and Denver Water employee

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The thesaurus entry for “leadership” describes a person who is a guide – a pilot or conductor.

Based on that depiction, it might seem that the water-related equivalent would be a captain, but after completing the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s 2013 Water Leaders program, I contend that a true leader can be anybody on the crew.

After all, it takes many dedicated leaders to run an effective ship – a fact that also stands true in the world of Colorado water.

That’s one reason Water Leaders was so worthwhile. My classmates hailed from diverse organizations, interests and supervisory ranks, yet they all exemplified leadership in some way.

Throughout the year, we openly explored and discussed the challenges, successes and goals we encountered in our work and home lives.

To truly gain from these discussions, we also had to get to know ourselves. I was surprised at how deep this inward journey went. I honestly wasn’t fully prepared for that level of introspection, but I’m happy with the results.

This process was one of the catalysts that spurred me to pursue – and choose to take on – a new career opportunity, even though I very much enjoyed the job I already had. This big change came out of discovering what work environments and professional challenges would foster my development as a leader.

Water Leaders participants don’t have to completely know and understand themselves ahead of time to benefit from the experience. The program’s content and networking opportunities will facilitate that learning process and show participants what they can take from it. Alternatively, folks who already have a solid understanding of their approaches to work and personal life will develop the tools necessary to plan their next steps.

If you’re interested in applying, you should. Join the crew that will not only steer the ship of Colorado’s water future, but also work together to steer it in a positive direction.

The Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s Water Leaders program is now accepting applicants for the 2014 cohort. Visit our website to learn more about Water Leaders and apply by January 17th to participate. 

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