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October 2, 2014

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Session Proposals for CAEE Advancing Environmental Education Conference
The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education is seeking session proposals from a variety of backgrounds, sectors and focus areas that highlight research, practices or collaborations around environmental education and connecting people to the outdoors in a variety of settings.  Consider submitting a session highlighting the great work you do-you can find more information on submitting a session here.

Watershed Health Basin Plan Working Group Watershed Health Toolkit
The Watershed Health Basin Plan Working Group was funded by the Arkansas Basin Roundtable to bring together local stakeholders, state and federal agencies, and others in Colorado with an interest in watershed health and its impacts on consumptive and nonconsumptive water supply values. The key conclusions and lessons that emerged from the Working Group’s time together are available in the“Watershed Health Toolkit.”

Barr Lake and Milton Reservoir Watershed Association Video
The Barr Lake and Milton Reservoir Watershed Association created a 12 minute video summarizing their efforts with the EPA Urban Waters Grant they received in 2012. The video can be seen here.

Water Quality Control Commission Hearing Notices


New Events

Oct 23 and 30: CDOT Flood Recovery Public Meetings
CDOT is hosting a series of three public meetings in the next two weeks to discuss upcoming projects to permanently repair state roads near Estes Park and Loveland, including US 34 and SH 7.  They will also provide an update on repairs to US 36 from Lyons to Estes Park. The Oct 23 meeting will take place at6pm in the Estes Park Town Hall and the Oct 30 meeting will take place at 6pm at the Lyons Middle/Senior High School. RSVP for any of the meetings with The Estes Park public meeting will be available on their website if you cannot attend.

Nov 3: Waters of the US Rulemaking: What it means for Tribal Governments
In this webinar, River Network will provide a chance for tribal government representatives to learn more about the proposed rule, ask questions about the rule, and share their own perspectives. This webinar will provide: an overview from U.S. EPA about the rule and how they view the rule impacting tribal water quality programs; several tribal perspectives about the rule and its impacts; and the opportunity for tribal representatives to ask questions about the rule and share their thoughts. The webinar is free and will take place at 2pm MST. Webinars are limited to 100 individuals; River Network Partners will receive priority consideration. For more information, click here.

Upcoming Events

Various Dates: River Cleanup
Join the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from Metropolitan State University of Denver as they partner with the Denver Park District to Adopt the Cherry Creek along the Campus. The following are planned Community Service Dates where students, faculty and staff are invited to join them: November 7,11, and 19. The work space will be from Colfax to Auraria Parkway along the Cherry Creek trail. For more information, email

Oct 24: Colorado Waterwise Water Conservation Summit 2014
Come on out and hear the latest news on water, and water conservation efforts underway in Colorado. Continue to support, participate, and network with Colorado WaterWise and your industry colleagues. Click here to view information on registering for the event.

Nov 5-6: Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum: Seeking a Resilient Future
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.


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. 


US Small Grants
Application Deadline: November 7, 2014

The Small Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (Act). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. For more information, click here.

Upcoming Deadlines

Surdna Foundation Sustainable Environment Urban Water Management Grant
Application Deadline: Send in letter of inquiry

 The Sustainable Environments Program supports innovative stormwater run-off practices that capture and slowly release water into existing drains, pipes and sewers, or reuse rain water where it falls (sometimes called “green infrastructure”) instead of building expensive pipes and sewer tunnels. For more information, click here.

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New Trainings

Oct/Nov: Three Part Development Officer Series
Build your professional capacity to manage and execute a comprehensive and sustainable fund development plan during this training by the Community Resource Center. Each full-day session addresses specific elements of fund development. This training series is for nonprofit professionals who are currently in working in a development capacity and will provide a deep dive into the critical components of a sustainable fund development plan. For more information, click here.

Oct-Dec (Wednesdays): Whiskey is for Drinking: Water is for Fighting - How Colorado Citizens Have Organized Their Water Commonwealth
This non-credit adult education course will describe how people have organized a hydraulic society to operate their irrigation systems, obtain water for their cities, supplement their rivers with imported water, organize their groundwater in conjunction with surface supplies, resolve their disputes, and confront the challenges of economic growth in a semi-arid environment. Focus will center on the Poudre, Big Thompson, and Platte rivers. Cost: $95. The course will take place in Fort Collins from 5-7pm. For more information, click here.

Nov 1. Middle School Teacher Project WET Training
Join the Roaring Fork Conservancy for an exciting workshop which will teach you to implement river and water education curriculum into your classroom and become a certified Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Educator! This workshop is tailored for 5th through 8th grade teachers. For more information, click here.

Various Dates: Institute for Conservation Leadership Executive Leadership Program
Become a highly effective executive in this nine month ICL intensive program of workshops, coaching, and peer learning. Increase your skills to position your organization strategically for greater impact with practical tools and guidance. For more information, visit the Institute for Conservation Leadership'swebsite.

Upcoming Trainings

Various Dates: Nonprofit Financial Management Webinar Series - River Network
This five-month training will provide you with webinars, personalized consulting assistance and access to financial management experts on balance sheets, budgets, income and expense statements, revenue projections, time sheets, cash flow tools, accounting manuals, and internal controls procedures. The cost for the full Program is $599 for River Network Partners and $749 for General Registration (non-partners). Scholarships are available for a discounted price.


Regional Water Specialist, Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University
The Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University (CSU) and CSU Extension announce an opening for a Regional Water Specialist to provide educational programs & applied research on water resources management in Southern Colorado. The position will provide leadership in the area of water resources in the Arkansas River Basin and San Luis Valley of Colorado. The position requires effective working relations with agricultural, environmental and urban water managers and stakeholders. Position closes November 13, 2014. For the full job description, click here.

Stewardship Director, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
This position is responsible for providing strategic leadership and direction for RMBO's Stewardship Team. The Stewardship Team is a group of independent and highly motivated biologists implementing proactive, voluntary conservation efforts across the Great Plains and Intermountain West and has partnered to enhance over 400,000 acres of habitat since 2008. The Stewardship Director will be responsible for enhancing and broadening partner and funder relationships. The Stewardship Team works on collaborative, proactive, voluntary conservation efforts with private landowners and land managers. The Stewardship Director supervises the team which is comprised of 15 staff with 12 being located remotely in communities throughout Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska. Apply by 10/24. For more information, click here.

Environmental Planner, City of Boulder Open Space 
Under minimal supervision, the Environmental Planner manages and coordinates the preparation and updating of complex environmental planning projects, including departmental master plans resource management plans and Trail Study Area plans.  These planning efforts require balancing in the conservation of ecological systems, cultural resources, agricultural operations and visitor access and visitor experience.  Such tasks involve knowledge of related long-term and broad scale community plans and expectations, working with interdisciplinary and multi-jurisdictional staff and community groups.  Environmental planning occurs in both the urban context of Boulder as well as the natural environment of open space. Apply by 11/03. Click here for more information.

Forestry & Open Space Technician II, Town of Parker
This is a safety-sensitive position in the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, functioning as a front line provider of services in performing a variety of semi-skilled and skilled tasks in the maintenance of the Town of Parker's Open Spaces and Urban Forest. When assigned by the Forestry and Open Space Supervisor, individuals in this classification will also assist the Parks Division, as well as Streets, Storm Water, Fleet, and Facilities Maintenance Divisions of the Public Works Department as needed. This position assists with snow removal. Position closes 10/27. Click here for the full description.

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, so check out their website for upcoming opportunities. 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.


The below Newsletters are new and updated this week.

Grant Station Newsletter

Institute for Environmental Solutions October Newsletter

Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership Newsletter (Featuring the River Watch Program)