2021 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. Water intersects all issues that communities are facing. Water is crucial for the economy, tourism, public health, and the environment—but it isn’t always clear how the decisions made on water trickle down to affect other sectors.

This comprehensive program provides an opportunity for participants to learn about water through four virtual program days with highly sought-out lectures, discussions, exclusive access to water sector leaders, breakout networking opportunities, a complete set of WEco’s Citizen’s Guides, reading assignments, and online coursework.

Now in its seventh year, the Water Fluency Program has rotated around the state. Program curriculum covers statewide water topics blended with local examples as we travel around the state each year to bring the most current examples of innovative water practices. This year we will be highlighting the northwest part of Colorado for the first time by showcasing water management examples from the beautiful Yampa/White River Basin. Participants from across Colorado will benefit from the content, not just participants from the class location area. You can access our program flyer for an overview of the program.

The Water Fluency Program curriculum covers:

  • Colorado’s water resources: basic hydrology, the economic value of water, ties to public policy and emerging issues
  • Legal and institutional frameworks: water law and administration, water quality regulations, project planning and permitting, interstate agreements
  • Water resource management: water supply planning, watershed health, endangered species protection, mitigating risk of fires and floods
  • Colorado water for the future: water efficiency and reuse, alternative transfer methods (ATMs), land use planning and water, alignment of resources and policies

2021 Water Fluency Program Schedule

July 27
September 1st and 2nd
September 29

The program will be held virtually this year. To receive your certificate of completion for this program, you must attend all program days. Programs days will typically run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm with lunch breaks.

Water Fluency Program Participants

The Water Fluency Program is designed so anyone who is interested in learning more about water can participate. There will be pre-session homework that will bring someone coming from any knowledge level up to speed and prepared to engage in the classroom program days. Pre-session homework will be emailed to all participants on June 15, 2021 to give everyone plenty of time to prepare for the first session. You can anticipate getting 28 hours of virtual program content and spending 10 hours on suggested homework over 3 months.

While anyone can participate in this program, the typical participant is someone who is involved with making decisions about water, but that does not have a basic background of the complexities of water in Colorado to feel comfortable making those decisions. Examples of past participants are city/county staff, elected officials, someone new to Colorado water but 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 districts staff 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 closed for the 2021 Water Fluency Program.

Tuition is $1,395 and includes all materials and resources needed for all four program days, a full set of WEco’s Citizen’s Guides, access to online content and staff support.

Applying for an SDA Scholarship

Members of the Special District Association may be eligible for a 75% scholarship. Additional scholarships may be available from program partners. Scholarships for Water Fluency are competitive, and applicants are not guaranteed to receive a scholarship. Priority will be given to public officials and non-profit employees.

Scholarships will be awarded by May 21, 2021. If you are awarded a scholarship, you are automatically enrolled into the program and your portion of the tuition will be due at that time. 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 can apply for a scholarship AND register for full tuition and mark “payment by check.” If you do not receive a scholarship, you will have the option to pay full tuition or cancel this registration.

What our 2020 Water Fluency Class had to say about the virtual program last year

“The virtual class effectively delivered an amazing curriculum on a vast and varied topic.  This education was a door opening experience to a much wider world than I had imagined.  Thank you!”
“The broad-based education & knowledge gained was truly enlightening.  From headwaters, aquifers, etc. to the end user, water is much more complex than many of us ever knew.  My understanding and respect level for those in the biz is now through the roof.”
“The Water Fluency Program was by far the best use of Zoom technologies that I have encountered”
“Given that the program had to switch to a virtual format I was very impressed with the program and the content as well as the terrific speaker line up. So, yes definitely exceeded my overall expectations!”
“Incredibly comprehensive, the best speakers you could ask for, and high quality presentations and coordination.”
“The Program is really well planned and was executed very well, even in the midst of a global pandemic! That say a lot about WECo.”

Want to know more?

Contact Stephanie Scott with questions or to receive a recording of our informational webinar.

With thanks to our sponsors

Title sponsors:
Lunch Sponsor:

Southwestern Water Conservation District