2019 Water Fluency Program

A professional development course to help you understand water and lead with confidence

Water Fluency Program Format

The Water Fluency course offers immersion in the language of water as well as tools for navigating the culture, complexity, and future of water management and policy issues. Water intersects all issues that communities are facing. Water is crucial for the economy, tourism, health, and the environment—but it isn’t always clear how the decisions made on water trickle down to affect other sectors.

Water Fluency is a comprehensive program which provides an opportunity for participants to learn about water through four in-person classroom discussion days; water focused site visits; and online discussions and homework in-between the classroom days.

In its fifth year, the Water Fluency Program has rotated around the state. This is year we are bringing the program back to the Denver area. The curriculum every year covers statewide water topics blended with local examples as we travel around the state. Because of this format, participants from all over Colorado will benefit from the content learned, not just participants from the class location area.

The Water Fluency Program focuses on:

  • Colorado’s water resources: the role of water in society, the economic value of water, ties to public policy, emerging issues
  • Legal and institutional frameworks: water law and administration, project planning and approval, interbasin projects and agreements
  • Water resource management: watershed health, environmental protection, water quality, natural disasters
  • Colorado water for the future: assessing supply and meeting demand, ecosystem values, conservation and land use, alignment of resources and policies

2019 Water Fluency Program Schedule

July 22-23 in Thornton
August 28 in Aurora
September 24 in Littleton

Water Fluency Program Participants

The Water Fluency Program is designed so anyone who is interested in learning more about water can participate. There will be pre-session homework that will bring someone coming from any knowledge level up to speed and prepared to engage in the classroom discussion portions of this program. While anyone can participate in this program, the typical participant is someone who is involved with making decisions about water, but that does not have a basic background of the complexities of water in Colorado to feel comfortable making those decisions. Examples of past participants are city/county staff, elected officials, someone who is new to CO water but has worked in water in other states, a water professional who has been promoted into a position with decision making responsibilities but never had formal water education/training, interested community members, business leaders, special districts staff and more! If you are questioning if this program is for you, please give us a call and we can help you decide!

Registering for Water Fluency

Registration is open from May 1, 2019 – May 31, 2019 or until class if full. The class capacity is 35 people, and WILL fill up quickly.

Tuition is $1,350 and includes all materials and resources needed for the four in person sessions, access to online content, staff support, lunch/beverages/snacks during all sessions, and exclusive tours.

If you are not an SDA member then please register here or by clicking the Register Now button below.

Applying for an SDA Scholarship

Members of the Special District Association of Colorado (SDA) may be eligible for a 75% scholarship. Scholarships for Water Fluency are competitive, and applicants are not guaranteed to receive a scholarship. Priority will be given to public officials and non-profit employees.

Scholarships will be awarded by June 4. If you are awarded a scholarship, you are automatically enrolled into the program and your portion of the tuition will be $337.50. If you do not receive a scholarship, you may register at full cost if spots are still available (the program is anticipated to fill up quickly). Apply for an SDA scholarship here or by clicking the button below.

To secure a seat regardless of scholarship approval, you can apply for a scholarship on this page AND register for full tuition here and mark “pay later.” If you do not receive a scholarship, you will have the option to pay full tuition or cancel this registration.

Want to know more?

Contact Stephanie Scott with questions or to receive a recording of our 2018 informational webinar.

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