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July 31, 2014
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EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pleased to announce that applications for the 2015 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement will be accepted from June 11 through . The competition is open to public-sector, private-sector, and nonprofit organizations that have successfully used smart growth principles to improve communities environmentally, socially, and economically. All entries must include a public-sector partner. For more information, and to nominate a group, click here.
Call for Proposals - Citizen Science 2015
Join people from across the field of citizen science to discuss designing, implementing, sustaining, evaluating, and participating in projects. Share your project innovations and questions. The Conference will take place . Submit your presentation proposal by September 15, 2014 to be considered. More information about the conference can be found here.
Water Quality Control Commission Hearing Notices
Various Dates: GOCO Listening Tour
Great Outdoors Colorado, which invests state lottery revenues in outdoor recreation, land conservation and wildlife, is conducting a listening tour across the state in August to gather input for its 2015 strategic plan. When you think about the future of Colorado’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces, what do you care about most? What should be a priority in the next five to 10 years? Interactive sessions will be held through 28 in Alamosa, Aurora, Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Fort Collins, Golden, Grand Junction, Lamar, Pueblo, Salida, Silverthorne and Sterling. There will be door prizes and refreshments. Find the location closest to you and RSVP here.
Various Dates: Community Development Block Grant -Disaster Recovery Funding - Public Meetings
The State of Colorado is hosting public meetings to share information about all of the proposed grant programs for the second HUD allocation of CDBG-DR funding for $199m. Included in this proposal are entities affected by the September 2013 flood and the High Park, Waldo Canyon, Black Forest and Royal Gorge fires. For more information on the public hearings and to see the schedule, click here.
The Left Hand Creek Coalition has launched a process to develop a long-term Master Plan to enhance the resilience of the Left Hand Creek Watershed. The Left Hand Creek Coalition invites you to attend a meeting to: increase your understanding of what caused the September 2013 flood and what to expect in the future, learn more about the Master Plan process and how your property fits into broader watershed planning, provide input on focus areas for the Plan, and learn how you can be involved. For a list of all the meeting times and locations, click here. and 6: Left Hand Creek Watershed Master Plan Community Meetings
The Greenlands Reserve Land Trust and Friends of the Dillon Ranger District have an exceptional volunteer opportunity in the 4th annual fish shocking event at Straight Creek Trail . Get your hands wet and learn more about local water and fish ecology! Volunteers will meet at the Straight Creek trailhead in Dillon at the end of County Road 51 at and should dress for a day outdoors. Volunteers should bring lunch, water, work gloves, sturdy boots, layered clothing, sunglasses, sun hats, insect repellent, and enthusiasm. If you have rubber boots or waders, please bring them as well. The project will end by 3. More details can be found here. Don't forget to RSVP.: Straight Creek Fish Shocking
There will be two flood recovery expos taking place in August, where residents can talk with specialists in flood recover to assist with their path to recovery. Topics range from permitting to business help to CDBG-DR applications to understanding the process with disaster case managers and more. The first expo on August 12 will take place in Longmont and the second expowill take place in Estes Park.: Flood Recovery Expos
The state of Vermont experienced major damage to roads, houses, and businesses due to flood impacts from Tropical Storm Irene in fall 2011. Through EPA’s Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program, EPA and FEMA worked with state agencies and communities in Vermont to identify smart growth strategies that can help vulnerable communities prepare for and recover from floods. This webinar will discuss the project, highlighting Smart growth approaches and strategies communities can consider to become more flood resilient and what the state of Vermont and communities in the Mad River Valley have done since Irene to help enhance flood resilience by building back better than before. For more information on this webinar, which takes place from , click here.: Flood Resilience and Recover Assistance: Lessons Learned from Vermont
Registration is open for the 2014 Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference and Membership Meeting. An active legislative session and the reoccurring threat of proposed ballot initiatives that could significantly impact our water allocation system necessitate engagement from stakeholders and the public. As our physical and political climate changes, there is a call to Rally Our Water Community. This is a don't-miss event for those who wish to stay informed about water issues in Colorado while engaging in numerous professional development activities. For more information and an outline of the Summer Conference Program, click here.-22: Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference: Rallying Our Water Community
Brews, Boots & Bucks is an annual tradition for the Colorado land conservation community that brings together the leading land trust and open space staff, conservation professionals, and Colorado Coalition of Land Trust supporters. They are celebrating the incredible conservation successes of their member organizations, as well as their policy and educational outreach efforts. Find more information on CCLT's website.: 8th Annual Brews, Boots, & Bucks
Various Dates: Legislative Interim Water Resources Review Committee Public Meetings for SB 14-115
SB-115 requires the Water Resources Review Committee (WRRC) to hold a series of public meetings, one in each of Colorado's 9 major river basins, to gather public input and to inform the WRRC members' own feedback to the CWCB regarding the draft Colorado Water Plan. The WRRC is tasked with reporting the public's and WRRC's feedback to the CWCB by . The meetings begin in June and are going through October in each of the basins. You can find more information about the meetings and the date of the meeting in your particular basin by visiting theWRRC website.
Stormwater offset and banking programs are an avenue for local governments and states to support their water quality goals. This webcast explores this issue to include decades of research on the topic, recent case studies that demonstrate the usefulness of stormwater offsets and banking programs, and provides tips for communities to implement the findings. Join the Center for Watershed Protection for this free webcast from to discuss their experience with stormwater offsets and banking programs and hear from the experts in the field. Registerhere.: Stormwater Offset and Banking to Encourage Smart Growth and Meet Water Quality Goals
The 5th Annual RiverFest presented by Oldcastle Materials is at the Colorado River Ranch. After a fun 4 mile river float with Lakota Guides, participants will enjoy a party at the Colorado River Ranch featuring live music from Hardscrabble, dinner from Moe’s Original BBQ and beer from Crazy Mountain Brewery and Bonfire Brewing, as well as wine provided by Vail Liquor Mart. Other activities for this family friendly evening include dancing, a bouncy castle, a silent auction, lawn games and relaxation under the big cottonwood trees. The cost of the full afternoon is $75 and children 12 and under are just $10. Have your own boat? Dinner is just $40. All of the funds raised will support the Eagle River Watershed Council and its valuable river advocacy programs in Eagle County. Registration is open at www.erwc.org or you can call the office at 970-827-5406. : 5th Annual RiverFest
Join Douglas County Open Space and Douglas Land Conservancy for their free Open Space Day at Prairie Canyon Ranch! The event begins at with guided hikes and horseback rides, followed by other activities and demonstrations, ending with a BBQ lunch (for purchase). Prairie Canyon Ranch is located at 4620 S. State Hwy 83 in Franktown, CO 80116. For more information, clickhere.: Open Space Day at Prairie Canyon Ranch
For more than 100 years, the APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition has drawn thousands of public works professionals from all over the world. APWA's Congress features more than 125 technical and professional development sessions presented by your colleagues and industry vendors. There's no better way to learn than from those who are "in the know." You can earn CEUs and PDHs that will add value to the information you learn onsite. The Expo Experience—keeping in line with the impressive size of their host site—will be the BEST ever! This year, Congress will take place in Toronto from . For more information, click here.: American Public Works Association's: The Best Show in Public Works
Aug 21: Colorado Nonpoint Source Program Consultation Day
The Nonpoint Source Program has announced as the NPS 2015 Funding Consultation Day, which launches the 2015 Funding Cycle. This is an opportunity for proponets to submit concept papers describing their ideas for potential projects. In general, the purpose of the Consultation Day is to offer project sponsors the opportunity to clearly define their nonpoint source water quality problem and receive technical advice about their project idea in advance of the application process this fall. Consultation day will be held at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in Room C1B. Details, agenda and call-in information will be posted soon so make sure to check their website for news. Concepts should be submitted to Loretta Lohman –firstname.lastname@example.org – no later than close of business. For more information, visit the Nonpoint Source Program website.
Celebrate Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado with music, food, brews, and fun. The event will take place from in Confluence Park in Denver. This is a free event, but donations are welcome. Space is limited, so secure your spot by registering online today!: VOC30
Registration is OPEN! Join the Colorado Watershed Assembly, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, and the Colorado Riparian Association for the 2014 Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference: Come Hell or High Water! This year's theme will explore the spirit of community resiliency in the wake of the 2013 floods, wildfires, and other risks to our watersheds. Register today! Scholarships are available for those interested in volunteering. For more information, clickhere.-9: 2014 Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference
The 2014 conference will create a forum for wide-ranging discussion looking toward a resilient water future in the Upper Colorado River Basin. The forum will take place at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO. For more information, click here.-6: Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum: Seeking a Resilient Future
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.
Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Funding
Public Meetings and Workshops: Various Dates
The State of Colorado is hosting public meetings to share information about all of the proposed grant programs for the second HUD allocation of CDBG-DR funding for $199m. Included in this proposal are entities affected by the September 2013 flood and the High Park, Waldo Canyon, Black Forest and Royal Gorge fires. For more information on the public hearings and to see the schedule, click here (information from "Events"). There will also be a grant workshop on , which will cover aspects of the CDBG-DR funding (more information below in "Trainings").
Rivers, Trails, & Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program
The National Park Service helps partners plan successful locally-led outdoor recreation and natural resource conservation projects. Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance (RTCA) staff help with partnership-building to achieve community-set goals, organizational development, assessing resources, developing concept plans, public education and participation, and identifying potential sources of funding. The project applicant may be a state or local agency, tribe, non-profit organization, or citizens' group. For more information, click here.
Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program
The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for a third round of awards under the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program. This phase will provide $3.5 million to reduce the risk of wildfire in areas where human development and forested lands overlap, often called the wildland-urban interface. Eligible applicants include community groups, local governments, utilities, state agencies and non-profit groups. For more information, click here.
Patagonia Environmental Grants
Patagonia funds only environmental work. They are most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. They support small, grassroots, activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment. Patagonia helps local groups working to protect local habitat, and think the individual battles to protect a specific stand of forest, stretch of river or indigenous wild species are the most effective in raising more complicated issues – particularly those of biodiversity and ecosystem protection – in the public mind. For more information, click here.
EPA's Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Water Quality
EPA’s Fiscal Year 2014 appropriation directs the Agency to competitively award $12.7 to non-profit organizations to provide training and technical assistance to small public water systems, small wastewater systems and private well owners, located in urban and rural communities throughout the U.S. and its territories. The funding will help provide water and wastewater system staff and private well owners with training and tools to enhance system operations and management practices, and support EPA’s continuing efforts to protect public health and promote sustainability in small communities. To see the full announcement, click here.
Wolcott Family Foundation
The Wolcott Family Foundation, WOLFF, focuses its funding in the areas of social change and environmental stewardship, with emphasis on supporting grassroots organizations for which a small grant can make a real contribution. They are a three generation family-run organization, convinced of the power of small groups to make a significant difference in helping people change their world. For more information, click here.
This Workshop will provide training on grant research, writing and management to flood and fire-affected communities. Attendees will hear from grant writers, grant managers, foundation representatives and others who will share their expertise, tools and tips and answer questions. The afternoon session will provide Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) training for current and future grant recipients.The workshop agenda and additional information is available here: http://bit.ly/1twFjsS. Please register for the workshop here: http://bit.ly/1jO2pph. There is no charge to attend the workshop.: Grant Writing and Management for Flood & Fire Affected Communities
EPA's Office of Grants and Debarment hosts periodic webinars for the EPA grants community. The webinars cover grants management topics, including: how to find and apply for grant opportunities and preparing a proper budget detail. In addition, they hosting a Q&A session during the second half of the webinar. If you are interested in applying for EPA grants or are currently managing an EPA grant, this is a great webinar to attend. The webinar will take place at . More information can be found on their website.: EPA Grants Award Process Webinar
Various Dates: Colorado Nonprofit Association Workshops and Webinars
Check out the Colorado Nonprofit Association's professional development workshop series. There are a number of workshops through the rest of July and August to help build your nonprofit skill set. Click here for more information.
Join the Urban Waters Partnership, Colorado Tree Coalition, and Colorado State Forest Service for a day of learning at Barr Lake State Park. The event is free and includes information on native vegetation, best practices, demonstrations at the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory Banding Station, and lunch. The event is limited to 100 people and RSVP is required. For more information and an agenda, click here.: Riparian Restoration Workshop at Barr Lake State Park
Land Management Program Assistant, City of Fort Collins
The Land Management section of the Natural Areas Department is responsible for the oversight of real property management of NAD properties, utility and conservation easements, and the management of Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. The Land Management Program Assistant will assist with the wide variety of day-to-day responsibilities of the Land Management section. For the full announcement, click here.
Boulder County Regional Trails Planner Position
Boulder County Transportation has posted a Regional Trails Planner position (Planner II) to assist with the development and implementation of the county’s regional trails program. The job posting is located on the County website. Applications must be submitted by .
Natural Areas Manager, City of Loveland
The City of Loveland Parks & Recreation Department is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic, and highly motivated individual to serve as Natural Areas Manager. This position plans, organizes, directs, oversees, manages and reviews programs and activities of the Natural Areas Division. Oversight areas include overall management, planning, acquisition, development, and operation of the City’s Natural Areas Program. Provides administrative, professional and managerial services associated with a comprehensively planned natural areas program that reflects community needs and desires by effectively and efficiently planning, organizing, acquiring, and managing public natural and open space areas. For more information and to apply, please visit their webpage.
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 their website!
Volunteer, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC)
There are several ways to volunteer with VOC, so check out their website for upcoming opportunities such as the Lake Agnes Trail Restoration and the Pinewood Reservoir Trail Construction in Loveland, both from -10. 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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