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October 2, 2014

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River Rally Call for Workshop Proposals
Presenters are allowed to submit more than one workshop proposal, but each proposal must be submitted separately. The ideal workshops will focus on a combination of instruction and hands-on-skill-building, not just lecturing. Workshops that are results oriented, focus on success stories or lessons learned, and provide strategies for improved management and stewardship of watersheds are encouraged. They expect more than 400 clean water advocates from across the country, and River Rally provides an excellent opportunity to share your experience with a broad audience. Please review the guidelines and instructions online before submitting an application. Proposal Deadline is October 9, 2014

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.”

Call for Presentations: 2014 APWA North American Snow Conference
The North American Snow Conference offers education to public works snowfighters and those that support them. The conference provides opportunities for more than 40 education sessions, roundtable discussions, and technical tours. They are looking for speakers with new perspectives, solid best practices and/or innovative twists to the usual winter maintenance topics: Clever solutions to age-old problems, Best practices for winter maintenance planning and operations, Anti-icing techniques and tips, Chemical usage and selection, Environmental impacts of winter maintenance practices, GPS/AVL uses, Snowfighting equipment, Strategies for plowing and disposal, Effective operator training programs, Community outreach/citizen interaction, Winter fleet operations, Emergency management of severe winter events. To learn more about how to submit a presentation, visit their website.

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

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: October 3, 16, 22 and 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 3: Wopo Holup: Rivers Alive
Join The Greenway Foundation tonight from 6pm to 9pm at The Pattern Shop Studio in the River North Art District for an exhibition entitled Rivers Alive, featuring work by New York and Colorado based artist Wopo Holup.  Holup's drawings are about nature's flow and a celebration of rivers - their branching and dividing - and the disbursements of energy. The centerpiece of the exhibition will be new work that depicts the 2013 flooding along the Colorado Front Range. For more information, click here.

Oct 14: Water Quality Control Commission Annual Public Input Hearing
The Colorado Water Quality Control Commission has scheduled a public comment informational hearing as part of its regular October meeting. The commission would like to hear from interested parties regarding water quality problems within Colorado during their public comment informational hearing. More information about this meeting can be found here.

Oct 14: From Conflict to Collaboration
For the second year in a row, OWOW will be hosting From Conflict to Collaboration. This event will feature a panel of experts on the topic of water conflict and how to best overcome obstacles. Join us on October 14th for the second installment of this important workshop. The event will take place from12:30-1:45pm. For more information, click here.

Oct 18: Longmont Discovery Trail Flood Rebuild - Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
The Longmont Discovery trail that runs through town along the St. Vrain River was heavily damaged during last year's flooding. This popular and accessible trail has been closed due to its condition and volunteers will help to reopen it this fall by reestablishing 800 ft of crusher fine trail. Volunteers will help rebuild trail by laying down crusher fines, closing and rehabilitating social trails that have popped up and restoring some native vegetation along the river and trail corridor. Get involved and sign up for the eventhere.

Upcoming Events

Oct 4: Anemone Hill Trail Restoration
Calling all Boulder Trail Lovers!  Open Space and Mountain Parks is constructing a new loop trail in the popular Anemone Hill area west of Settlers Park. Join WRV on this fall day to enjoy great scenery and rehabilitate thousands of feet of eroded existing trails (including an old road), which were further damaged by the flood last year.  After equipment prepares the site, volunteers will seed and mulch the area.  Your efforts will remove these old trail scars, protect habitat, and enhance the new trail experience. Registerhere.

Oct 7-9: 2014 Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference
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! Scholarshipsare available for those interested in volunteering. For more information, click here.

Oct 9: Clean Water Protection (aka Waters of the US) Rulemaking: A Webinar Refresher for Those Planning on Commenting on the Rule
In this webinar, you'll hear directly from U.S. EPA staff about the content of the proposed Clean Water Protection rule, important information about the benefits of the rule, and misinformation circulating about the rule. You'll also learn how you can provide comments on the proposed rule. You'll also be able to ask questions about how the proposed rule could help or hurt work in your own watershed. In fact, email  your questions ahead of time to be first in the question lineup! The webinar will take place at 1pm MST. Register here.

Oct 11: Coal Creek Flood Restoration
The popular Coal Creek Greenway Trail that winds through Boulder County was severely damaged in last year’s flooding. The multi-use path has been successfully rerouted to higher ground and now WRV has partnered with the City of Lafayette, City of Louisville and Boulder County Parks and Open Space to help restore the riparian habitat in an area the trail once wound through.  Spend a beautiful day planting wetland species under the towering cottonwood trees with stunning views of the mountains out to the West. Already a carpet of cottonwood seedlings has begun to recolonize the area so we’ll step lightly around these young ones while we help increase diversity by bringing in other plantings. Click here for more information.

Oct 14: Carver Colloquium: Fracking Bans and Setbacks an Unconstitutional Takings?
A takings is the seizure of private property or a substantial deprivation of the right to its free use that is caused by government action. The fourth annual Carver Colloquium will debate the issue of whether or not proposed fracking bans and setbacks constitute a takings. For more information, visit the registrationpage.

Oct 15-16: Cross-Watershed Network Peer-to-Peer Sharing Workshop
Registration for the second annual peer-to-peer sharing restoration workshop, co-hosted by the Cross-Watershed Network and the Escalante River Watershed Partnership, is now open. Participants will experience two days in the classroom and the field along the beautiful Escalante River, focusing on peer-to-peer information exchange, networking, and training. Attendance costs $35. Space is limited, soregister to reserve your spot.

Oct 17: Engineering and Water Practice Under "New" Water Court Rules: From All Perspectives
This program will take an in-depth look into expert meetings and water court rule changes. In addition, it includes a discussion of Colorado River Instream Flow Decrees, settlement, and the impact of expert meetings and the new rules. If you are an engineer, expert witness, judge, referee, water clerk, attorney, water resources manager, or other professional who works in the area of water rights and participates in water court proceedings, this course is invaluable. The distinguished faculty is comprised of experienced engineers, judges, water referees, water law attorneys, officials, and administrators who have in-depth knowledge of expert meetings, the "new" water court rules and innovative consent decrees. To find out more or to review the agenda in detail, please go to the website.

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


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New Trainings

Oct 20: Middle Colorado Watershed Council Riparian Restoration Workshop
This free workshop from 8:30 to 11:30am in Silt is designed for private land owners, public land managers, and interested citizens.  Please consider joining the MCWC to learn about:  Native riparian ecosystems – why are they important and what benefits do they provide to land owners?Russian olives and Salt Cedar (aka Tamarisk) – friends or foes?; Other weedy invasives – which ones are important to control?; Techniques for managing and maintain healthy, native riparian areas, including a primer on tamarisk beetles, and results from the latest research on Russian olive control;Watershed-scale riparian management, invasives control and restoration work – lessons learned and what’s possible in the Middle Colorado. For more information click here

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.




Senior Director of Projects and Partnerships, Wildland Restoration Volunteers
WRV seeksa Senior Director of Projects and Partnerships (SDPP) who will work closely with the Executive Director.  Primary responsibilities are to oversee development of partnerships, projects and funding for projects across WRV’s entire geographical range, and to supervise employees in our Fort Collins office. The full announcement is available on their website.

Open Space Special Projects Coordinator, City of Aurora
In this position, the selected candidate will coordinate, develop and implement a variety of special projects including individual planning projects and small construction projects, create technical documents and reports, and represent the Open Space, Natural Resources and Special Events Division programs and projects under the direction of the Division Manager. For the full announcement, visit the website.

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

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

EPA Go Green!

Roaring Fork Conservancy

Water Efficiency Watch Newsletter