Webinars

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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 or to register for an upcoming webinar, click on your topic of choice below.

Soil Health and Water

Aired December 1, 2022

Explore the connection between soil health and water. During this webinar, we hear about the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s STAR (Saving Tomorrow’s Agricultural Resources) and STAR Plus programs and the resources they offer, research available on the connections between soil health and water quality and quantity, on-farm implementation of soil health practices, and the positive outcomes seen when tying soil health, watershed health, and ag production together.

With speakers:
Cindy Lair, Colorado Department of Agriculture
Lyn Halliday, Routt County Conservation District and Upper Yampa River Watershed Coordinator
Matt Heimerich, Farmer, member of the Water Education Colorado Board of Trustees and of the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District Board

Colorado Ute Tribal Water Rights and Access

Aired June 9, 2022

Look at the past, present and desired water future of the Colorado Ute Tribes. During the webinar, we hear from tribal leaders along with those involved in negotiating the Colorado Ute Indian Water Rights Settlement Act and future Colorado River agreements involving the tribes.

With speakers:
Chairman Manuel Heart, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
Council Member Lorelei Cloud, Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Amy Ostdiek, Colorado Water Conservation Board
Mike Preston, Weenuch-u’ Development Corporation President
Scott McElroy, Retired – McElroy, Walker, Meyer and Condon, P.C.
Steve Wolff, Southwestern Water Conservation District (moderator)

Up Your Wildfire Resilience!

Resources, funding, programs and research to aid Colorado communities and watersheds

Aired February 1, 2022

Wildfires in Colorado have grown more frequent, intense, large and destructive and are projected to intensify and burn larger areas in the coming decades. They leave many people impacted and affect water quality, hydrology and entire communities. Join us to hear about new funding opportunities and frameworks to build more wildfire-ready watersheds and communities. We’ll also hear about locally-generated funding and initiatives at work and dive into some big-picture thinking around shared stewardship.

 

Time to Get Creative

Solving the municipal water challenges of serving a growing Front Range

Aired May 26, 2021

As the Colorado Front Range continues to see significant population growth, municipal water utilities are tasked with the challenge of managing and developing reliable water supplies to meet that anticipated growth. That job is becoming increasingly difficult with more limited water supplies, the hyper-escalation of water prices, the challenges of regulatory approval for new water projects, and the uncertainty of a changing climate. 

During this webinar, we hear a discussion between Adam Jokerst, who helps manage the water supply portfolio for the City of Greeley and Brett Bovee with WestWater Research. Watch to hear about about municipal water service to new developments, sources of water supply and storage, and the need for creativity as municipal providers look to continue their reliable water service to a growing customer base.

Innovation in Land Conservation and Water

Aired March 9, 2021

As land trusts conserve private land, they also protect water rights. Some of Colorado’s land trusts are going beyond the parcel-by-parcel approach to conservation and are tackling big water challenges in a regional way. During this webinar, we hear about two visionary projects: Colorado Open Lands and partners in the San Luis Valley are reimagining conservation easements and putting them to work to slow groundwater decline and encourage aquifer sustainability. And the Palmer Land Conservancy is protecting irrigated farmland east of Pueblo along the Bessemer Ditch with conservation easements and, thanks to a landscape-scale analysis, Palmer is combatting the effects of buy and dry by keeping water on the area’s most productive ag land.

With speakers:

Melissa Daruna, Keep It Colorado

Sarah Parmar, Colorado Open Lands

Ed Roberson, Palmer Land Conservancy

Ag Infrastructure: Keeping it Going

Aired November 10, 2020

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.
Through this webinar, offered in partnership by the Colorado Ag Water Alliance and Water Education Colorado, we explore hear how major projects are being implemented throughout the state. Watch to 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