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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 endangered fish recovery to alternative transfer methods 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.

Know Your Snow – Mind the Gap, From Forecast to Flow

Aired April 11, 2024

Every year, mid-April means peak snowpack for the Rocky Mountains. But what does that mean for the rivers? And why have recent forecasts consistently overestimated the snow-to-flow connection?

Through this webinar, guest speakers from the Colorado River District, the Aspen Global Change Institute, the CSU Climate Center, and NOAA’s Colorado Basin River Forecast Center break down our current snowpack conditions, look at upcoming expectations for runoff, and examine how recent climate trends are affecting the way we predict water availability in the West. Tune in to begin to understand what’s causing the gap between big winter snows and low summer flows — when reality doesn’t line up with the forecast.

Hosted in partnership with Water Education Colorado and the Colorado River District.

With speakers:

Brendon Langenhuizen – Director of Technical Advocacy, Colorado River District

Paul Miller – Service Coordination Hydrologist, Colorado Basin River Forecast Center

Peter Goble – Climatologist, Colorado State University Climate Center

Elise Osenga – Community Science Manager, Aspen Global Change Institute

One Water Demystified

Aired February 21, 2024 

The One Water movement promises to make communities more resilient and livable with wide-ranging goals. But what really is One Water and what is it not? How does a community adopt a One Water approach and what can they learn from existing One Water work? During this webinar we seek to better define One Water and hear from those who are putting One Water principles to the test in Denver and Aspen. 

With speakers:
Mazdak Arabi, One Water Solutions Institute
Steve Hunter, City of Aspen
Dave Jula, City and County of Denver
John Rehring, Carollo Engineers

Three Ages of Water Author Talk – Peter Gleick

Held October 26th, 2023

Join Peter Gleick from the Pacific Institute as he discusses his book, the Three Ages of Water. In this talk, Peter discusses how humans developed our modern water management and treatment systems, how our decisions have impacted the environment, and paints a picture of a hopeful future of water management and sustainability.

Following his talk, Peter has a fireside chat with his colleague Shannon Spurlock, and then opens the discussion up to a Q&A.



With speakers:
Peter Gleick, The Pacific Institute
Shannon Spurlock, The Pacific Institute

The Process Based Restoration PBR Umbrella – Book Club Webinar

Aired September 12, 2023 

We hear a lot about the benefits of beavers in stream restoration, but Colorado’s riparian systems are complex and there are many different tools in the restoration toolbox.

During this webinar, we hear about Process-Based Restoration (PBR) and to explore on-the-ground projects that represent opposite ends of the PBR spectrum, from “low tech” to “high tech,” and why these different approaches are appropriate in different scenarios. 

Water Education Colorado (WEco) joined Coalitions & Collaboratives (COCO) & Colorado Riparian Association (CRA) to co-host this webinar, which is the second Colorado Stream Restoration Network (CSRN) Riparian Book Club meeting.
This webinar builds from the first Riparian Book Club on pivotal scientific papers on PBR to present the process-based restoration umbrella graphic included in the Summer 2023 issue of WEco’s Headwaters magazine and share case studies representing both ends of the PBR spectrum.

With speakers:
Julie Ash, Stillwater Sciences
Hally Strevey, Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed
Colin Barry, Ayres Associates
Eric Richer, Colorado Parks & Wildlife
Johannes Beeby, Stillwater Sciences

The Colorado Water Plan in Action

Aired June 28, 2023 

The update to the Colorado Water Plan, published earlier this year, relies on people across the state to get things done and implement it. What sort of work fits in with the plan? What support is there to get this work done? And what projects have already been successful in advancing the goals of the plan?

During this webinar, we hear about action areas in the plan, how those overlap with funding opportunities, and we take a look at a variety of on-the-ground projects around the state.

With speakers:
Russ Sands, Colorado Water Conservation Board
Daniel Boyes, Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project
Scott Lorenz, Colorado Springs Utilities
Lisa Darling, South Metro Water Supply Authority

The 2023 Colorado Water Plan | What’s in it for Educators?

Aired May 10th, 2023

Our first Water Educator Network webinar of the year! During the webinar, we heard from the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) about the Education and Outreach priorities identified in the 2023 Colorado Water Plan and the funding streams and grant opportunities available to complete this necessary work.

Grant applications are due in June and July 2023, so act fast! 

With Speakers:
Russ Sands – Section Chief, Water Supply Planning
Jackie Daoust – Regional Water Plan Grant Manager for the Metro, South, & North Platte | Colorado Water Conservation Board
Elizabeth Schoder – Water Planning & Community Outreach Specialist | Colorado Water Conservation Board
Ben Wade – Project Manager, Water Supply Planning | Colorado Water Conservation Board 


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