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April 17, 2014
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Colorado's Water Plan - Basin Implementation Plans
Are you involved in Colorado's Water Plan yet? Read our latest blog post for some easy to use resources from the Colorado Water Plan website and Basin Implementation Plan websites. Get involved today! Click here to read more.
2014 Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Call for Papers - Due
The Call for Papers for the 9th Annual Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference, Come Hell or High Water!, is now online. This highly popular event, taking place from -9 in Avon, CO, expands cooperation and collaboration throughout our state for natural resource conservation, protection, and enhancement by informing citizen groups, agencies, consultants, and legislators about current issues and through networking opportunities. Visit www.coloradowater.org/
Thank You from the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund
A BIG thank you to everyone who made a donation to the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund on their state income tax returns this year! Funds collected by the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund assist locally-based conservation groups in their efforts to protect our land and water resources. For more information on the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund, visit the website. If you are interested in applying for a grant, take a look at the Funding Opportunities section of this newsletter. Don't forget to like us on Facebook!
Water Quality Control Commission Hearing Notices
Apr 17: Evening with Kevin Fedarko at Colorado Mesa University
Join The Water Center at Colorado Mesa University for an evening with Kevin Fedarko, author or "The Emerald Mile," starting at at the University Center Ballroom. This event is free, but if you pre-register, you will receive a free drink ticket. For more information, visit the website.
Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute would like to encourage everyone to participate in the University of Denver's Water Law Review's annual symposium: Prepare. Protect. Prioritize. This year's symposium will explore Colorado's New Water Plan from a variety of fascinating perspectives. With full support from the Colorado Water Conservation Board, this event will bring people together from throughout Colorado and across the West to talk about Colorado's New Water Plan. For more information and to register, click here.
Help clean up some of the flood debris that has washed up along the Big Thompson River in Loveland! The clean up will take place in multiple locations long the river from . Register to volunteer by going here. Email email@example.com for any questions.
This year's Annual Arkansas River Basin Water Forum will be held at the Otero Junior College in La Junta, CO. The Forum was developed as a means to bring together the diverse water interests to explain their views and engage in open dialogue about water issues in the basin. Through this dialogue, the Forum seeks to create a greater understanding of Colorado water law, water use and water conservation. For more information on this year's forum, click here.
This Summit, hosted by Phigenics, will generate value for its participants by bringing together top leaders to present and discuss best practices, regulatory requirements and leadership regarding building water safety and sustainability. Participants will have the option to attend onsite or remotely via live streaming HD video. Either way, it is a free, invitation-only event, so request your invitation now. Learn more here.
Apr 17: American Water Resources Association Higher Education Networking Night
Have you ever wondered what opportunities are available in water resources? AWRA invites you to join them for an evening at Blake Street Tavern in downtown Denver to discuss this question and more with professionals in the field of water resources. Sign up will begin in March - space is limited. For more information click here.
Join this invigorating conference to learn more about ranching and its future. Topics include water, sustainable grazing, conservation and much more. The first 80 registrants receive a free lunch!! Click here for more information.
: San Juan Mining Conference
The 4th annual San Juan Mining Conference will take place in Creede, Colorado on . This year, you will meet for two full days to exchange information and network across the common interest of water quality and mining. The new expanded format for this conference has allowed the conference to meet the needs and desires of watershed groups, government personnel, academia, and industry employees. For more information and to register, visit the website!
Apr 26: CH2M HILL Spring RiverSweep
Volunteer along the river with The Greenway Foundation and Denver Parks + Recreation to help get our parks and trails ready for spring. Bring your friends, family, and coworkers to give back and have fun! Registration opens in February here.
The Middle Colorado Watershed Council is organizing a Colorado River cleanup and needs volunteers to help pick up litter along the public riverbanks from South Canyon to Silt on . Many areas will be accessible to volunteers on foot, but boaters are especially encouraged to participate. Anyone can volunteer. RSVP so they can plan for food and drinks - the cleanup will be followed by a community barbecue and picnic for volunteers. Sign up in advance here.
The Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project (RGHRP) and the Willow Creek Reclamation Committee (WCRC) are partnering to put on the 4th Annual High Country Hustle, a 6K Run/Walk for Water. This event will be held in Creede, Colorado on . The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of local water issues and raise funds for the RGHRP and WCRC. In addition to the 6K Run/Walk, there will be a silent auction and a post race party including live music from local bands, a beer garden with brews from the San Luis Brewing Company, food vendors, and prize raffles. For more information, to register for the 6K, or to make a donation, please visit the eventwebsite.
Help clean up one of the most beautiful stretches of river in the country with the Roaring Fork Conservancy! Volunteers of all ages welcome! Join RFC for a free breakfast before cleaning up a mile section of the river. Please dress appropriately with warm layers, gloves, long pants, a hat and sunscreen. Prizes for: Best of Trash, Most Toxic, Most Useful, Most Unusual Trash. RSVP here
Join the National Water Quality Monitoring Council for the 9th National Monitoring Conference, to be held the week of in Cincinnati, Ohio at the Duke Energy Center. The conference is a showcase for new findings on the quality of the Nation's waters. You'll also learn about the newest innovations and cutting-edge tools in water-quality monitoring, assessment, and reporting; and have a great time doing it. Click here for more information.
May 2: Colorado Foundation for Water Education's 2014 President Award Reception
Join and support the Colorado Foundation for Water Education at our annual President's Award Reception. This spring we'll honor Alan Hamel with the President's Award and bestow the Emerging Leader Award upon Sean Cronin of the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District. Help us recognize these water leaders, celebrate with friends and colleagues and support the Foundation by attending or sponsoring. Click here for more information.
Managing water resources in Colorado requires managing risk. This year’s symposium will feature discussions on the various types of risks to our water resources, with special consideration given to the impacts and implications of the September 2013 floods. We are pleased to have an outstanding and diverse group of speakers, including our Keynote Speaker, James Eklund who will discuss the relationship between the State Water Plan and managing risk. Presenters in our morning session will help us better understand the types of risks to water resources. The afternoon break-out sessions will feature experts from a variety of disciplines who will discuss the on-the-ground impacts of the September 2013 floods. The day will conclude with insights from Jamestown Mayor Tara Schoedinger and CSU Sociology Professor Stephanie Malin, who will help us understand how risk impacts our communities. Register at www.awracolorado.org.
Register today to secure your spot at the country’s largest gathering of clean water advocates. With more than 70 educational workshops, dynamic speakers and non-stop networking opportunities, this is a great professional development conference for the river and watershed conservation movement. This year's River Rally will take place in Pittsburgh, PA. Click here for more information.
: 7th Annual Ridgway River Festival
Head to Ridgway for river races, watershed education, local music food and drinks at this unique celebration of the Uncompahgre river. The Ridgway River Festival is produced by the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership and will take place at Rollans Park in Ridgway Colorado. Find listings for river races, music and other events at the festival website http://ridgwayriverfes
Funding Opportunities List:
The Colorado Watershed Assembly has compiled a list of governmental and non-governmental funding sources for restoration projects and organizational capacity building. The list can be found on our website.
Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund Grant Program
The Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund, financed by the Colorado Tax Checkoff program which provides tax payers the opportunity to contribute a portion of their tax return or to make a donation to assist locally-based conservation groups in their efforts to protect our land and water resources. A grant application may be submitted for locally-based watershed protection efforts, provided that the applicant is committed to a collaborative approach to the restoration and protection of lands and natural resources within Colorado’s watersheds in concert with economic development. For more information, click here.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Wetlands for Wildlife Program
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) seeks applications for wetland and riparian restoration, enhancement, and creation projects to support its Wetlands Program Strategic Plan. The intent of this funding is to support the two primary goals for the program: 1. Improve the distribution and abundance of ducks, and opportunities for public waterfowl hunting and 2. Improve the status of declining or at-risk species. For more information about the Strategic Plan and the application process, click here.
National Urban and Community Forest Challenge Cost Share Grant Program
The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC). The Council serves to advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the status of the nation’s urban and community forests and related natural resources. The NUCFAC seeks to establish sustainable urban and community forests, by encouraging communities of all sizes to manage and protect their natural resources, which, if well managed, improves the public’s health, well-being, economic vitality, and creates resilient ecosystems for present and future generations. For more information, click here.
South Platte Enhancement Board (SPEB) Grant Application Package
The SPEB supports initiatives that protect and enhance the resource values within the Upper
South Platte River and the North Fork of the South Platte River. Specific resource values (RVs)
identified in the SPPP include fisheries, geologic, historic and cultural resources, recreation,
scenic, and wildlife (Table 1). The SPEB will also consider funding projects for vegetation
management, water quality, and other resource values within the "Eligible Area." The SPEB
may grant funds only for projects that occur within or affect the "Eligible Area" that are
accessible to and/or provide public benefit. For more information about funding and the eligible area, click here.
Join this webinar and learn how to define what constitutes a major gift for your organization and strategically concentrate fundraising efforts on major gifts to attract individuals and companies. For more information, click here.
Join the Center for Watershed Protection and learn from the trenches ways to rapidly conduct maintenance inspections and needed maintenance tasks. Doing this will prevent future costly repairs. The webcast will also address how local governments can build a successful stormwater maintenance program. The webinar will take place from . Click here for more information.
Board Education Course by the Secretary of State
Secretary of State Scott Gessler has released the third part of the 5 part of an e-learning series entitled "Board Education and Effectiveness." The series is aimed at helping nonprofits train and strengthen their boards of directors. The course covers a variety of basic governance principles that board members can use to improve their organization's efficacy and efficiency. The entire series of five courses will be available by the middle of 2014. Click here to access the trainings.
Various Dates: VOC's Outdoor Stewardship Institute Trainings
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) offers a wide variety of leadership training opportunities through our Outdoor Stewardship Institute (OSI). OSI training courses are open to the public, and are great for VOC volunteers who want to take on volunteer leadership roles, and volunteers/staff from other agencies and organizations who want to develop technical and leadership skills. For more information on specific trainings, click here.
Spring 2014: Strategies for Sustainability Management - Harvard Extension School
In this course, the concept of sustainability will be discussed along with how it is managed at the nexus of a local business, the local government, and the citizens in the community. Professor Pojasek's course explores the use of management systems and performance frameworks to make sustainability part of what every person in any organization does every day. The course is offered both on-campus and online. You do not need to be an admitted student at the University to take the course on a non-credit basis. For more information, visit the course website.
Wildlands Restoration Volunteers will lead an all day training event to train future crew leaders for this season's projects on the Big Thompson. One of the biggest frustrations that landowners have expressed in dealing with the aftermath of the flood is not knowing what to do or where to start. This hands-on training will provide the necessary knowledge and skills to lead a team of volunteers and make a difference. The training will take place from . For more information, click here.
OR June 3-4: 2014 FACWet Training Opportunities
Functional Assessment of Colorado Wetlands (FACWet) method 2014 training dates and locations have been planned. Please contact Becky Pierce to register. The 2-day classroom and field course options include in Fort Collins or in Glenwood Springs. Click here for more information.
: Fostering Sustainable Behavior Workshops and Promotion
Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr will be delivering introductory and advanced community-based social marketing training in Denver this May. These workshops will be of interest to those working to promote water efficiency, waste reduction, energy efficiency, conservation, modal transportation changes, watershed protection, and other sustainable behavior changes. For more information on the workshop, click here.
June 12-15: Urban Environmental Pollution 2014
The aim of Urban Environmental Pollution 2014 (UEP2014) is to provide an international forum to continue to explore and characterize urban environments and how they affect human health and well-being. UEP2014 will take place in Toronto, Canada. click here for more information.
Water Resource and Civil Engineer, Cherokee Metropolitan District
This position will work as an integral and important part of the District's Senior Leadership team. Responsibilities will include, managing water rights, providing advisory input and analysis for water and wastewater treatment, contract management, supporting collection and distribution system filed services, analysis of current and future water demands, support of reporting requirements, and construction oversight. Additional responsibilities may include public presentations, representing the District at meetings, communicating with the Board of Directors on technical issues, and supporting internal and external communication with technical data. For more information, click here.
Summer Internship, High Country Advocates in Crested Butte
High Country Conservation Advocates is seeking to fill one to two internship positions, taking place from May through September 2014. The internship(s) would have a water-policy and outreach focus. The candidate would work under the Outreach Director, as an on-the-ground resource for HCCA, promoting HCCA’s mission in the Gunnison Valley. To apply, please send a resume and short cover letter to HCCA Outreach Director, Cassidy Tawse-Garcia at Cassidy@hccaonline.org.
Outreach and Education Coordinator, Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership
The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership is seeking a coordinator to develop and implement their outreach and K-12 education programs on topics that promote their mission and enhance community understanding of watershed issues. This is a 6-month position ( ) based in Ridgway, CO, with possible extension pending funding availability. Please visit the website to view full announcement and application guidelines. Application deadline is Apr. 21, 2014.
Natural Resources Technician (6 positions), Jefferson County
Under general supervision, performs natural resource management activities for the conservation, preservation and management of Jefferson County Open Space properties by implementing natural resource management plans. For more information about these positions, closing on , clickhere.
Marketing and Communications Manager, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado seeks a dynamic and experienced Marketing and Communications Manager to develop and execute communications and marketing strategies and tactics that promote our mission, raise awareness of the organization, and uphold the VOC brand. This is a hands-on position responsible for the website, email newsletters, social media, marketing materials, media relations, as well as planning and budgeting. Click here for the full announcement. Position closes .
Volunteer, Rocky Mountain Field Institute
Rocky Mountain Field Institute is always looking for volunteers! RMFI completes fire rehabilitation in the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fires, wetland restoration on Pikes Peak, trail and restoration work in Garden of the Gods, climbing access trailwork at Shelf Road, and a variety of other projects. Check out their current schedule http://www.rmfi.org/
Volunteer, Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
Check out all of the new volunteer opportunities that Wildlands Restoration Volunteers have up on theirwebsite!
Volunteer, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)
There are several ways to volunteer with VOC. VOC is also working with flood relief efforts. Over the coming months, VOC will focus on organizing flood related volunteer projects and they will use their website, newsletter and social media outlets to post opportunities they hear about. Click here to get to their website.
Volunteer, Coalition for the Upper South Platte
The Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) works to protect the 2,600 sq mile watershed that reaches from the Continental Divide to Strontia Springs Reservoir, southwest of Denver. CUSP works with their partners to provide essential services such as project planning, implementation and monitoring within the watershed. CUSP hosts a number of volunteer opportunities in the watershed. To volunteer with CUSP, visit their volunteer portal.
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