2021 Lower Arkansas River Basin Virtual Tour

June 3, 2021 8:45am-12:00pm

Tour Description

Join us on June 3, 2021 from 8:45am-12pm, for our annual river basin tour!  This year’s tour will focus on the Lower Arkansas River in an exciting, new virtual format.

In addition, all tour participants are invited to join us on June 2, 2021 from 12 – 1pm, for a fun networking event where you will meet fellow tour participants and play some local basin trivia! This networking event is free for all who register for the tour.

The re-envisioned tour will be held via Zoom, expanding the accessibility and reach of our typical audience that includes water professionals, ag producers, educators, elected officials, and interested community members. The tour will include sites between Pueblo Reservoir, John Martin Reservoir and beyond, giving participants an up-close look at regional water-related activities and attributes. The itinerary will showcase water quality projects, agricultural operations, alternative transfer methods (ATMs), interstate compact considerations, the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, municipal, environmental and recreational priorities, and more. There will also be an interactive Q&A opportunity with tour speakers, and a pre-tour networking event. Please plan on attending the June 2 (virtual) networking event to meet the other tour participants, play some local river basin trivia, and hear from our top sponsors! This event is free for all tour participants and the event sign up info will be sent to all those registered for the tour prior to June 2.

Sites include:

  • Lake Pueblo State Park Visitor Center
  • New Pueblo Dam Hydroelectric Plant
  • Southern Delivery System Juniper Pump Station
  • Pueblo Riverwalk
  • Alternatives to “Buy and Dry”: Alternative Transfer Methods, Conservation Easements, etc.
  • Huerfano and Purgatoire River Watersheds
  • Colorado State University’s Arkansas Valley Research Center
  • Agricultural operations
  • Water quality projects
  • Water sharing project(s)
  • John Martin Reservoir

Topics will include the Arkansas Basin Roundtable Basin Implementation Plan, water quality, water storage and water-sharing to meet an anticipated supply gap, alternative water transfers, the agricultural economy of southeastern Colorado, Kansas-Colorado Arkansas River Compact compliance, and much more.

Event Details

Virtual tour registration is open to all! Registration will be limited to 60 participants to ensure all participants opportunities to engage in the Q&A session. 

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact Scott Williamson by email scott@wateredco.org or call 720-398-6438. We kindly request two weeks notice of need for accommodations.

Event Pricing

WEco member: $125/person
Non-member: $150/person

A limited number of full or partial scholarships may be available depending on sponsorship. Please complete the following form to apply for a scholarship.

With thanks to our sponsors

Title Sponsor:
Presenting Sponsors:
Bus Sponsors:
Colorado Springs Utilities
Break Sponsors:
Scholarship Sponsors:

Arkansas Basin Public Education, Participation and Outreach (PEPO)

Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District

Want to be a sponsor? Learn more.