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Water Education Colorado offers informative webinars on both trends and niches in water research, conservation, industry and more.

Past webinar topics have ranged from aquatic nuisance species to alternative transfer methods to transbasin diversions to agriculture and water scarcity. To hear recordings of past webinars, click on your topic of choice below.

Municipal Water Infrastructure for Tomorrow

Join us: October 22, 2020, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Phasing out old infrastructure and planning for the future creates opportunities for Coloradans to envision smart, sustainable and creative ways of moving and managing water. Through this webinar, offered in partnership by the Colorado Municipal League, Special District Association, and WEco, we’ll hear from Coloradans who are leading the way to tomorrow.

Photo courtesy of Denver Water

With speakers:
Sarah Dominick, Hazen and Sawyer

Julie Koehler, City of Westminster

Tim York, Aurora Water

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Ag Infrastructure: Keeping it Going

Join us: November 10, 2020, 12-1 p.m.

Deteriorating ditches, diversion structures, and reservoirs mean that some ag water never reaches the crops it’s intended for—but Coloradans across the state are assessing the challenges and making costly ag infrastructure repairs with positive results.
Join the Colorado Ag Water Alliance and Water Education Colorado for this free webinar to hear how major projects are being implemented throughout the state. We’ll hear how producers are using loans and self-financing large projects, tapping into available federal funds, working with other stakeholder groups, and creating inventories of ditches to secure project funding.

With Speakers:
Paul Kehmeier, Rancher; Salinity Coordinator, Colorado Department of Agriculture
Scott Jones, Rancher; President, Eagle County Conservation District
Emma Reesor, Executive Director, Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project
Robert Sakata, Farmer; President, Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

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The Latest on Demand Management

Creating an equitable, feasible program in Colorado: Where do we stand?

Aired: May 8, 2020

Watch for an update on progress and current thinking around demand management in Colorado. We discussed themes that emerged during a two-day joint meeting between the IBCC and demand management workgroups in March, including what “equity” means and how a pilot project slated to begin this summer could help answer some technical questions around feasibility.

With Speakers:
Amy Ostdiek, Deputy Chief of the Federal, Interstate and Water Information Section, Colorado Water Conservation Board

Paul Bruchez, Reeder Creek Ranch and Outfitter

Kyle Whitaker, Water Rights Manager, Northern Water

Mark Harris, General Manager, Grand Valley Water Users Association

Guidance for Incorporating Land Use Practices into Water Efficiency Plans (with CML)

Aired: October 25, 2019

This webinar, from Water Education Colorado and the Colorado Municipal League, focuses on opportunities, requirements, and new guidance for incorporating land-use practices into Water Efficiency Plans.

With Speakers:

Anne Castle, Getches-Wilkinson Center at the University of Colorado – Boulder

Erin Rugland, Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy

Kevin Reidy, Colorado Water Conservation Board

Jeff Tejral, Denver Water

Guidance for Incorporating Land Use Practices into Water Efficiency Plans (with SDA)

Aired: August 12, 2019

This webinar, from Water Education Colorado and the Special District Association of Colorado, focuses on opportunities, requirements, and new guidance for incoporating land-use practices into Water Efficiency Plans. Discussions include how to overcome the challenge of working with different organizations to support water efficiency through land use.

With Speakers:

Anne Castle, Getches-Wilkinson Center

Erin Rugland, Babbitt Center

Kevin Reidy, Colorado Water Conservation Board

Chris Matkins, Fort Collins – Loveland Water District

Climate Change and Mitigation in Colorado Water

Aired: June 20, 2019

Colorado’s warming future brings with it projected impacts to water supplies with possible changes in precipitation, retimed runoff flows, more extreme precipitation and drought events, water quality impacts and more. Water providers and users are taking measures to adapt—but is the water sector doing enough to curb the effects of climate change? Through this webinar, we explore the projections for Colorado’s water future, state-level policy initiatives that aim to mitigate climate change, and hear about inspiring mitigation work at the water provider and wastewater level.

With Speakers:
Brad Udall, Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist, Colorado State University
Taryn Finnessey, Senior Climate Change Specialist, Colorado Water Conservation Board
Kurt Carson, Wastewater Services Manager, City of Grand Junction
Laurna Kaatz, Climate Scientist and Adaptation Program Manager, Denver Water