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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.

Innovation in Land Conservation and Water

Join us March 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Photo by Russ Schnitzer

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’ll learn how land trusts work with water rights in Colorado. Then we’ll focus on 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.

This webinar is presented in partnership by Water Education Colorado and Keep It Colorado. 

With speakers:
Melissa Daruna
, Keep It Colorado
Sarah Parmar, Colorado Open Lands
Ed Roberson, Palmer Land Conservancy

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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

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