Water Fluency

Lead with confidence

The WEco Water Fluency program is a professional development course for non-water professionals. Water is critical for every aspect of community vibrancy — from industry and commerce to agriculture, tourism, health and environment. But it isn’t always clear how water policy and management decisions trickle down to other sectors.

Water Fluency is a comprehensive program designed to help non-water professionals, such as elected officials, city/county staff, community and business leaders, special districts staff, board members for water organizations, and anyone who is interested in gaining water fluency, make those connections. Developing tools for navigating water management and policy issues, Water Fluency graduates take the language of water into their fields to lead with new confidence.

What participants are saying:

“Whether you need to learn about water rights, production processes or stream health, or looking to become better acquainted with the myriad water organizations throughout the state of Colorado, the Water Fluency class is the place to start.”
– Michelle Metteer, Town Manager of Minturn, Colorado, 2017 program graduate

The Water Fluency format

Water Fluency is made up of four in-person classroom days; water-focused site visits; online discussions; and homework between classroom days. Class size is limited to 35 participants, who represent a range of sectors and perspectives.

Curriculum covers statewide water topics blended with local issues, so people from all over Colorado will benefit from the content. WEco partners Colorado State University for the online portion of the program, giving Water Fluency participants access to the same lectures, discussions and quizzes as degree-seeking students.

2019 SCHEDULE: July-September 2019 in the Denver metro area (specific dates and locations will be announced in late March)

Topics covered

  • 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

Tuition: The cost of the Water Fluency program is $1,350, which includes all materials and resources—four days of classroom sessions, access to Colorado State University online content, staff support, lunch/beverages/snacks during all sessions and exclusive tours.

Scholarships: Special Districts Association of Colorado (SDA) members are eligible for a 75 percent scholarship. Local organizations also underwrite a limited number of general scholarships in varying amounts.

Registration: Registration for the 2019 course will begin in late March 2019.

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