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August 21, 2014
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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.
Interim Floodplain Map Available for Unincorporated Boulder County Properties
Boulder County has updated the online floodplain map to include the interim floodplain map created by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) after the September 2013 flood. The interim floodplain map is available on the Boulder County Assessor’s property search tool. At this time, Boulder County is using the interim floodplain map for information and guidance only.
Colorado Foundation for Water Education's New Citizen Guide is Available
Add the newest edition to your collection of CFWE's Citizen's Guides. Purchase the Citizen's Guide to Colorado's Transbasin Diversions to read about the history, costs and benefits of transbasin diversions from a historic and modern point of view. Flip through the guide online or purchase it here.
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 . 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.
Water Quality Control Commission Hearing Notices
Various Dates: St. Vrain Creek Watershed Community Workshops
St. Vrain Creek Coalition will be holding a series of community workshops to be held in mid-September. The purpose of the workshops is to share information from the St. Vrain Creek study and to collect individual's input on post-flood creek recovery, risk reduction, and restoration alternatives that will be developed for the master plan. These meetings will be "reach' specific to allow discussions of each area in more detail. For more information and the meeting dates, clickhere.
Aug 23: Rio Grande Wetlands Project - Aspen
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers are partnering with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers to plant native vegetation in the soon-to-be completed Rio Grande Wetlands, an important part of Aspen’s environmentally responsible stormwater treatment system. This project will also increase the riparian habitat along the river and provide a beautiful, naturalized setting along the river for locals and tourists to enjoy. Volunteers will be rewarded for their hard work with dinner and beverages at the end of the day. For more information and to register, click here.
Get your dancing shoes ready for the conservation celebration of the year! The community is invited to the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust's Fourth Annual Headwaters Hoedown , September from at the beautiful Gilmore Ranch, just west of Alamosa on the Rio Grande. The 14th event will celebrate the many landowners and partners who help the land trust conserve the Valley's "land, water and way of life." The afternoon will feature a local food feast, fine wine and beer, and live music by Mariachi San Luis and by Don Richmond & the Rifters. There will be a walking ranch tour with Tom Gilmore, a studio tour with sculptor Jim Gilmore, and lots of fun activities for kids, so bring the whole family! For information and tickets for the Headwaters Hoedown, visit the website or call the Del Norte office at 719-657-0800.
The U.S. Water Alliance will convene the 5th Annual One Water Leadership Summit in Kansas City, MO, on September 15-17, 2014. This is a must-attend conference for those working on sustainable water planning and management. Join the U.S. Water Alliance and the Urban Water Sustainability Council to look at what has been achieved in numerous municipalities to date. Register today. Reduced hotel rate ends September 1. Learn more here.
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 August 5 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.
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.
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!
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.
Sept 15-17: 2014 Colorado Open Space Alliance Conference
Registration is open for the 2014 Colorado Open Space Alliance Conference in Vail! This year the conference celebrates its 15th anniversary by bringing together another great line-up of diverse sessions, wonderful speakers, and informative field trips! For information about the conference and to register, visit the website.
Join a diverse group of individuals to learn first-hand and see how Fryingpan-Arkansas, Homestake and Twin Lakes water is managed, used and conveyed to various entities across the Continental Divide. You'll gain exclusive access to various project sites and hear from expert speakers. Download the draft itinerary and register here. Early registrants benefit from a discounted rate and have the best chance of securing a spot on the tour-- seats will fill up quickly when general registration opens and prices increase September 1-- reserve your space today.
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.
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.
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.
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 August 5, which will cover aspects of the CDBG-DR funding (more information below in "Trainings").
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 seminar, which takes place in Telluride, CO, features a line-up of qualified speakers, including the keynote, Colorado Supreme County Justice Gregory Hobbs. In addition, representatives from federal, state, and local agencies will provide an understanding of water law, water sources, water administration, environmental concerns, and answers to key questions pertaining to the acquisition and use of water as well as water related law and real estate transactions. For more information on the event, including registration, click here.
Various Dates: Water Efficiency Workshop for Colorado Plumbing
Colorado WaterWise, in partnership with the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors of Colorado, invites you to attend our Water Efficiency Workshop for Colorado Plumbing. This is a great workshop for City and County Building departments, code officials, water efficiency professionals and anyone else interested in topics such as Graywater, High Performance Construction (e.g. WaterSense New Homes), and water and energy efficient plumbing design. There is a workshop in Denver on , in Colorado Springs on , and one in Fort Collins on . More information can be found here.
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.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is developing a Landscape Assessment and Solar Regional Mitigation Strategies for three solar energy zones (SEZs) in Colorado: Antonito Southeast, De Tilla Gulch, and Los Mogotes East. Solar regional mitigation strategy development will be a public, stakeholder driven process. To begin this process, the BLM will host field visits to the SEZs and public workshops during the week of September 8th. Field visits and local workshops are designed for local stakeholders with interest in specific SEZs (field visits will last from 1 to 2 hours). The all-day workshop will include discussion of potential impacts for all the SEZs and additional details on the Landscape Assessment and Solar Regional Mitigation processes. For mor einformation, click here.
The Colorado Riparian Training Team is sponsoring a 4-day training workshop "PFC for Resource Professionals" in Delta, Colorado . If you are interested in learning more about the PFC methodology in much greater detail than we were able to cover in the 2-day workshop, then this class is for you! Register soon, as there are only 12 slots available. For more information, click here.
Sept 18: Riparian Restoration Workshop at Barr Lake State Park
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.
Executive Director, Grand County Water Information Network
The Grand County Water Information Network is now accepting applications for a year-round P/T Executive Director. GCWIN is a non-profit water quality organization. Position is for 25 hours/week, year-round. Duties include program development, grant/membership development, board of directors’ liaison, personnel/fiscal management, monitoring programs oversight, database management and public relations/educational outreach. Apply by . More information can be found here.
Part-Time Watershed Educator, Roaring Fork Conservancy
Roaring Fork Conservancy is looking for an experienced educator to join our team of educators, who will help provide watershed education to students within the Roaring Fork Valley (from Aspen to Glenwood Springs) both in the classroom and in outdoor/field settings. The position closes . To see the full posting, visit their website.
Communications Assistant, Western Governor's Assocation
WGA is seeking a self-starter who can multi-task in a fast-paced environment, with an emphasis on exceptional writing skills, to serve as the Communications Assistant in our Denver headquarters. Applicants also must demonstrate advanced web and social media skills. The position closes . For more information,click here.
Public Works Director, City of Sterling
This position requires a Bachelors Degree in civil or related engineering field and five years of experience in municipal engineering and public works administration or supervision. Desire registration as a Professional Engineer in Colorado; Oversees divisions of Airport, Street, Sanitation, Water, Sewer, Water Treatment Plant, Wastewater Treatment and Central shop; must possess valid Colorado Driver’s license. Applications must be received by COB on . For more information, click here.
Hydrologist, Bureau of Land Management
BLM is seeking two dynamic and energetic individuals to join the teams in the Little Snake and White River Field Offices to perform work that involves collection, analysis and evaluation of surface water and ground water quality and quantity associated with the management of public land. One position is locatedin Craig and the other is located in Meeker. For the full listing, click here.
Colorado Mine Restoration Project Manager, Trout Unlimited
TU's Western Abandoned Mine Restoration Program was initiated in 2004 with the cleanup of toxic tailings piles in American Fork Canyon, near Salt Lake City, UT. Since then, the program has completed important on‐the‐ground restoration projects to benefit streams and native trout throughout the states of Idaho, Montana, and Colorado. TU has used those successes to highlight mine restoration challenges, and to drive the national dialogued on mining law reform, funding shortfalls, liability issues, and Good Samaritan cleanups. They are seeking qualified applicants for the Colorado Mine Restoration Project Manager position. More information can be found here.
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. 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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