Water Education Colorado’s mini-tours change each year to expose water professionals, decision-makers, teachers and the interested public to new areas of water use and management. Hop on the bus for an engaging day of exploring, learning and networking, and return home better informed—and with friends and connections. Past mini-tours have included everything from land use and water efficiency to agricultural viability, the bottled beverage industry, and Colorado’s vineyards. Have a great idea for an upcoming tour? Let us know.

Annual River Basin Tour

Save the date for our two-day Annual River Basin Tour, exploring the lower South Platte River Basin June 17-18, 2019. Registration will open early to WEco members April 1.

Come see this hard-working prairie river up close and meet the people striving toward a water future for the local economies and habitats in Colorado’s northeastern corner.

Tour topics will include the South Platte Basin Implementation Plan progress and priorities, Republican River Compact compliance, collaborative water storage and exchanges to meet an anticipated supply gap, alternative water transfers (ATM) benefiting multiple stakeholders, agricultural economy of the Eastern Plains, energy development, water quality, partnerships for endangered species recovery, and much much more.

We’ll visit and learn at these sites and others:

  • Walker Recharge Project
  • Local Farm/Dairy Tour
  • North Sterling Reservoir
  • Tamarack State Wildlife Area

The tour will begin and end in Sterling, with the tour bus taking you from the starting point each day. We hope to see you there!

More About Our Annual Basin Tours

Each year, these fun and informative multi-day tours draw attendees statewide. Water Education Colorado takes lawmakers, water managers, attorneys, engineers and members of the public on a tour of a different river basin in Colorado to learn about the history, water-management practices and challenges of the area. Participants can also take part in extra-curricular activities, such as rafting or fly-fishing, dine at area ranches or open-space parks, and network among peers.

“It’s so critical to get out and experience places first hand. Policy-making, or urban growth, or the like can’t happen effectively if they happen in a bubble.”
– WEco tour participant