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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.

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

Municipal Water Infrastructure for Tomorrow

Aired October 22, 2020

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 hear from Coloradans who are leading the way to tomorrow.

With Speakers:

Sarah Dominick, Hazen and Sawyer

Julie Koehler, City of Westminster

Tim York, Aurora Water

The Latest on Demand Management

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