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 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 virtually and in either Durango or Cortez. Program 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 offered virtually. *
September 2 and 3 in Durango or Cortez **

*We have invested in technology to offer an engaging learning experience, with instruction offered by state-renowned water leaders teaching you in the comfort of your own home, just as you would have seen them if you were sitting in the classroom. We will be bringing in a professional videographer/lighting specialist to a location in Denver where we will live-stream the presentations. We will also be including interactive polling, live Q & A, and small-group discussion breakouts, and more to keep everyone engaged and offer virtual networking along the way. In addition, we will be recording each speaker so that you have access to the content following the live broadcast if needed.

**We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 response and guidelines and will adjust to a similar virtual format for the September dates if needed.

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 currently closed with a full class of 35.

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.

Applying for a scholarship

Scholarships for the 2020 class have all been awarded.

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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