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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.

Fires Forests and Watershed Health

Aired June 26, 2018
Forest fires have been growing in intensity, frequency and cost across Colorado and the West. What do those fires mean for our watersheds, water supplies, and the millions of water users across the state? And how do we fund the fire treatment work that will maintain healthy forests and reduce the risk to our watersheds? Listen to this recording of our June 26, 2018 webinar to answer these questions and more. We discuss the funding challenges posed by increased fire incidence, as well as the partnerships and creative funding strategies that could help Colorado build healthier forests, watersheds, and more water-secure communities.

With speakers:

  • Steve Lohr, U.S. Forest Service
  • Rob Addington, The Nature Conservancy
  • Ellen Roberts, Colorado State Forest Service consultant, former state senator, and past chair of the Colorado legislature’s Wildfire Matters and Water Resources committees

Policy Questions Around Water Sharing

Aired January 11, 2018
Flexible water sharing agreements or alternative transfer methods (ATMs) could help keep water in agriculture while supplies are shared with municipalities or others to meet the state’s growing water needs. Listen to this recorded webinar to explore the conversations around existing policy and policy changes that might increase the adoption of ATMs.

With speakers:

  • Jim Yahn, North Sterling Irrigation District
  • Peter Nichols, Special Counsel to the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District and Super Ditch Co.
  • Kevin Rein, Colorado State Engineer

Aquatic Nuisance Species: The Threat and Solutions

Aired October 24, 2017
The threat of aquatic nuisance species, specifically zebra and quagga mussels, continues to be a hot topic for the water community, but we need to reach beyond our own network when communicating about this looming threat to our pristine waterways. Watch this webinar, brought to you in partnership by the Colorado Water Congress and Water Education Colorado, to learn about the threat these invasive mussels pose, and how Colorado is working to educate the public and our policymakers so we can maintain healthy waterways and infrastructure.

Learn from experts:

  • Mike Preston, Dolores Water Conservancy District
  • Ken Curtis, Dolores Water Conservancy District
  • Doug Vilsack, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Doug Krieger, Colorado Department of Natural Resources