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March 6, 2014
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Help Guide the South Platte's Future
Have a stake in the South Platte Basin? Be sure to attend one of the South Platte Basin Implementation Plan meetings held by the South Platte Basin and Metro Rountables. More information on the meetings and agenda are on our blog.
Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund
It's tax season once again and we wanted to remind you that you can make a contribution to the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund on line 42 of your state income tax return. 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. Be sure to like us on Facebook!
Water Quality Control Commission Hearing Notices
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.
: American Water Works Association Sustainable Water Management Conference
Set to be held from in Denver, Colorado, this four-day event features two pre-conference workshops, 26 technical sessions and one interactive poster session. Participants will learn the benefits of sustainability planning and how it leads to cohesive communities and utility systems optimization. Click here to learn more and register.
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.
: Changing the Way Your Customers Use Water in 2014
It's more important than ever to get customers thinking differently about their water use as demands on water grow. AWE's Never Waste campaign is a consumer-facing educational campaign built around the idea of a water bottle to quantify and measure how much water we waste daily. Join us on for this 60-minute webinar to learn what's new for Never Waste in 2014, and get fresh ideas on how to creatively use these resources in your community. Learn more here.
This webcast, hosted by the Center for Water Protection, will feature strategies to analyze local codes and a process of changing codes in a community to achieve desired outcomes for stormwater design, and, ultimately, water quality in the community. Register here.
The Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute seeks to elevate the law, policy and practice of sustainable development in the West to promote nature-friendly, prosperous and equitable communities. The conference takes place at the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law. For more information, clickhere.
March 17-19: Conservation Excellence 2014 Conference
Join the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts for their annual conference at the University of Denver. Registration is open and continuing education credits are available for those interested. For more information, visit their website.
This year's conference will offer a variety of sessions, inspiring keynotes, many opportunities for networking and discovering new resources, tools and techniques. The tagline for this year's TOTB conference is Share, EEvolve, Grow. This references environmental education in the past and present in Colorado and the evolution of EE toward the future. Click here for more information.
: Webinar - What Records are Available to Water Researchers and Where are They?
The Colorado State Archives is hosting a water webinar starting at . This is an opportunity to provide researchers with a brief summary of water collections held by 8 select repositories. This webinar is considered a launching point regarding a statewide effort to: Develop a Water Records Task Force which will plan a statewide web site, social media outlet and a consortium for information dissemination and discussion about water records and Develop collaborations with the water community and policy makers so that water records may be preserved, described and made more accessible.One hundred reservations will be available to listen to the webinar live while a recording of the webinar and supporting documentation will be available at the Colorado State Archives web site afterwards. Further information is available by contacting: erin.mcdanal@
: 3rd Annual Colorado River Summit
Save The Colorado is pleased to join with the Glen Canyon Institute to offer the 3rd Annual "Colorado River Summit" for NGO groups interested in protecting and restoring the Colorado River. The date is in Salt Lake City. Special Guest Speaker is former Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, Dan Beard. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
: Society of Wetland Scientists Annual Meeting
The SWS annual meeting will be held on in Golden, Colorado at the American Mountaineering Center and is expected to bring together over 100 researchers, students, government scientists, private sector consultants, and other wetland practitioners. The meeting will cultivate scientific exchanges between diverse groups of professionals involved in wetland stewardship around the region. For more information and to register, click here.
: River Management Law Conference
Whether you are an attorney, consultant, scientist, engineer, or government official, if you deal with streamflow protection or river management, this conference is for you. Experts will address both the challenges of protecting rivers for all types of uses in rapidly changing environments and the innovative programs being used with success across the West. For more information on this conference in Denver, 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.
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.
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.
DUE SOONWildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program
The Colorado Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for a second round of grants under the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program. This phase will provide $5.8 million in grants to reduce the risk of wildfire in areas where human development and forested lands overlap, areas often called the wildland-urban interface. Click here for more information.
Laura Jane Musser Fund - Environmental Initiative Program
The Laura Jane Musser Fund assists public or not-for-profit entities to initiate or implement projects that enhance the ecological integrity of publicly owned open spaces, while encouraging compatible human activities. Grants of up to $35,000 may be made for programs in this program. The Musser Fund is likely to make a total of 4 to 6 grants in the Environmental Initiative this year. This is a very competitive granting initiative. For more information, click here.
GOCO Riparian Restoration Grants
To help improve and restore Colorado’s rivers and streams, and engage youth and families in the effort, GOCO is offering $250,000 in grants to fund habitat improvement projects along the state’s waterways. The Riparian Restoration Grant Program will require applicants to demonstrate they will use youth or volunteers in the projects, which may range from erosion mitigation to eradicating thirsty non-native plants and trees. For more information, 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.
Cedar Tree Foundation
Application Deadline: Rolling Deadline
The Cedar Tree Foundation's grant making focuses on the following areas of concern: Sustainable Agriculture, Environmental Education, Environmental Health. They give particular consideration to proposals that demonstrate strong elements of environmental justice, and conservation. They do not accept unsolicited proposals but will consider LOI submitted by US based nonprofits. Click here for more information.
New TrainingsVarious Dates: Community Resource Center Professional Trainings
The Community Resource Center offers professional training on a variety of topics, including fundraising and grant seeking. CRC's trainings also range in their location, traveling from urban areas to rural areas. For more information on CRC and what trainings are coming up, click here.
Upcoming TrainingsVarious 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.
Take advantage of Colorado State's nationally-renowed reputation in the water industry in this free online course that addresses recent water issues. Increasing populations worldwide and variations in climate have impacted our water supply, creating questions and challenges we've never been faced with before. Ten expert CSU water faculties tackle those questions and more in Water, People, and Nature: Addressing 21st Century Global Challenges. Registration for the course is now open.
Mar 19: Web Analytics 201: Decoding Data and Taking Action
Optimize your online presence with the help of web analytics! Join Tech4Good Denver to learn how to mine and evaluate web data to refine your online presence. Our guest speakers will discuss how to analyze and act on crucial website metrics. They will focus on practical tips that you can implement right away, and will share real-life examples of using analytics data to make website changes. If you would like to attend this free event in Denver, you can register here.
-18: Managing Rivers in Changing Times: Training Tomorrow's River Professionals
Join the River Management Society their week of training for agency managers, planners, watershed and watertrails practitioners, where you can update skills, discover new planning tools and update best practices that you can take back to your desk or field-based job. This is an invaluable networking opportunity for those who study, teach and practice river skills and policy for agencies, non-profit organizations and private industry. Click here for more information.
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.
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.
National Director, Trees, Water & People
The National Director will provide overall management, planning, and leadership for TWP’s National Program. Key fundraiser, in partnership with other staff, for National Program. Manages the National Program staff and ensures that the program meets objectives. Closely monitors, evaluates, and reports program activities. Controls program expenditures in accordance with the program budget. For the full listing, click here.
Wastewater Technical Assistant, Colorado Rural Water Association
CRWA is looking for a motivated person with broad wastewater utility experience for a Wastewater Technical Assistant (Circuit Rider). In this job you will travel around the state of Colorado providing training and technical assistance to rural/small community wastewater systems. For more information, click here.
Planning Manager, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is hiring a Planning Manager, and applications are due on March 10th. To find out more information and to apply, please click here. This is a great opportunity to provide expertise on property-level and strategic planning efforts for the State of Colorado's premier natural resource and outdoor recreation management agency. Please pass this notice on to any interested participants.
Volunteer Coordinator, Rocky Mountain Field Institute
The Volunteer Coordinator (VC) is responsible for developing, implementing, and expanding an exemplary volunteer program that engages community volunteers in environmental restoration activities. The VC recruits and provides professional staff support to RMFI’s 2,000 annual volunteers (23,000 volunteer hours annually). The VC works under the Executive Director. This is a rewarding,community-focused position that will serve as the primary liaison between RMFI and our volunteers. The position will begin March 2014. For more information, click here.
Water Quality Program Coordinator, Boulder County
This position coordinates and manages the Water Quality Program, which includes administration and oversight of the following activities and programs: onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTS; also known as septic systems), storm water, water re-use, surface water and groundwater quality and quantity; water impacts from mines, mills, oil and gas development, and bio solids; Environmental Emergency Response Team (EERT); and other water quality-related activities. More information can be found here.
Planning Manager, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is pleased to announce an opening for a Planning Manager. To find out more information and to apply, please click here. This is a great opportunity to provide expertise on property-level and strategic planning efforts for the State of Colorado's premier natural resource and outdoor recreation management agency. Please apply online by .
Temp Grounds Maintenance Tech, Longmont Natural Resources
Temporary natural resources grounds maintenance technician works under the general supervision of the Land Program Administrator, Natural Resources Specialist, and Natural Resources Technician. Duties include a wide variety of semi-skilled and skilled tasks related to equipment operation and maintenance of open spaces, greenways, and district parks. The major emphasis for this position is vegetation management including weed control and native vegetation restoration. More information here.
Seasonal Positions, City of Fort Collins
The Natural Areas Resource Management Seasonal Hourly is a seasonal position with the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department. The employee performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled tasks in all phases of resource management. For more information on the open positions, click here.
Volunteer, Institute for Environmental Solutions
The Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES) is seeking motivated volunteers and graduate interns who are passionate about protecting the environment! Environmental program, development, social media, and video development positions are part-time, unpaid, and very flexible. IES is an independent non-profit organization that engages stakeholders to deliver technically sound solutions to complex environmental and health problems -- without unwanted side effects. More details 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 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.
The below Newsletters are new and updated this week.
Grant Station Newsletter
Capitol Update from Gail Schwartz
Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership Newsletter
Coalition for the Upper South Platte's Energy Newsletter
Center for Watershed Protection Runoff Rundown
One World One Water MSU Newsletter
US EPA GoGreen March Newsletter
Colorado State Forest Service - News You Can Use