2020 Water Fluency Program

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

Water Fluency Program Format

The Water Fluency program offers immersion in the language of water as well as tools for navigating the culture, complexity, and future of water management and policy issues.

This comprehensive program provides an opportunity for participants to learn about water through four in-person classroom discussion days; water-focused site visits; webinar-based trainings; online discussions; and inter-session reading assignments and applications of learning.

Now in its sixth year, the Water Fluency Program has rotated around the state to increase access to people in different geographies. This year we are heading to the southwest for the first time and will be hosting sessions in Durango and Cortez. Course curriculum covers topics of statewide relevance while highlighting local examples, so people from across Colorado will benefit from the content.

The Water Fluency Program curriculum covers:

  • Colorado’s water resources: basic hydrology, the role of water in society, the economic value of water, ties to public policy and 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

2020 Water Fluency Program Schedule

June 23 and 24 in Durango
September 2 and 3 in Cortez

*We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 response and guidelines and will adjust program delivery methods as needed. The full program will be delivered to participants who register, but the first session may be offered in a virtual format if we are unable to hold it as an in-person session. If this transition to a virtual format becomes necessary for the first session, we will ensure the experience is every bit as robust as it would have otherwise been.

Water Fluency Program Participants

The Water Fluency Program is designed so anyone who is interested in learning more about water can participate. Pre-session homework will help bring someone coming from any knowledge level up to speed and prepared to engage in the classroom discussion portions. Typical participants are involved with making decisions about water, but may feel they lack basic background on water management and the regulatory environment to feel comfortable making those decisions.

Examples of past participants are city/county staff, elected officials, someone new to Colorado but who 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 district staff and board members, agriculture professionals, 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 March 24, 2020 – May 1, 2020 or until class is full.

The class capacity is 35 people, and WILL fill up quickly.

Tuition is $1,395 and includes all materials and resources needed for both of the two-day in person sessions, access to online content, staff support, lunch/beverages/snacks during all sessions, and exclusive tours.

Ready to engage? Please register via the Register Now button below. Read further for scholarship application instructions.

Applying for a scholarship

Thanks to program sponsors, a limited number of scholarships are available for applicants who would otherwise be unable to attend. Scholarships are competitive, and priority will be given to public officials and non-profit employees.

Members of the Special District Association may be eligible for a 75% scholarship. Additional scholarships may be available for other participants from program partners, ranging from 50-75% of support. Applicants are not guaranteed to receive a scholarship.

Scholarships will be awarded by April 30, 2020. If you are awarded a scholarship, you will be automatically enrolled into the program. 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).

To secure a seat regardless of scholarship approval, you must do two things: 1) Apply for a scholarship AND 2) register for full tuition 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 informational webinar.

With thanks to our sponsors

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