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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.

The Latest on Demand Management—May 8, 2020

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

Mark Harris and Luke Gingerich stand in a fallowed field near Grand Junction, Colorado

Join us on May 8 from 12:00-1:15 p.m. for an update on progress and current thinking around demand management in Colorado. We’ll discuss themes that emerged during a two-day joint meeting between the IBCC and demand management workgroups in March, including what “equity” might mean and how a pilot project slated to begin this summer could help answer some technical questions around feasibility. Join us to hear from leaders around the state working to move this exploration forward.

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

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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

Is Water Reuse On The Rise?

Aired February 5, 2019
Recycling or reusing water means maximizing the state’s resources and generating “new” water supply options for growing and water-stressed communities. Is water reuse becoming more common and popular in Colorado and across the West? During this webinar, we explored why more communities are turning toward water reuse and what regulations, policies, or other next steps need to fall into place for water recycling to grow.

With Speakers:

Laura Belanger, Western Resource Advocates and WateReuse Colorado

Damian Higham, Denver Water

Mark Marlowe, Castle Rock Water

From Planning to Implementation: Steamboat Springs’ Stream Management Plan

Aired September 6, 2018
When Steamboat Springs initiated work on its stream management plan—just completed this summer—stakeholders sought to understand how river flows were affecting water temperature. Now that the city has its stream management plan in hand, this webinar explores its planning process. Learn how science and local priorities led to recommendations in the plan, what a completed plan means for existing flow agreements, and how implementation might look going forward.

With speakers:

  • Kelly Romero-Heaney, City of Steamboat Springs
  • Seth Mason, Lotic Hydrological
  • Mickey O’Hara, Colorado Water Trust