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February 20, 2015
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Donate to the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund on your CO State Income Tax Return!
It's that time of year again...yes, tax season. But, on the bright side, you can use this opportunity to personally make a difference for our beautiful watersheds. Make a donation to the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund on line 43 of your 2014 Colorado Individual Tax Form 104, and you will be supporting locally-based conservation groups in their efforts to protect our land and water. To learn more about the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund, visit the website.
Call for Papers - North American Water Loss Conference
Send in an abstract for the North American Water Loss Conference (NAWL2015) which will be held in Atlanta Georgia. This will be the first national conference in the US devoted solely to water loss, and will feature presentations, panels, workshops, and exhibits on a wide variety of non-revenue water topics. Abstracts are due April 6, 2015. More information is available here.
Call for Comments on Water Conservation Plans in the Roaring Fork Watershed
Each municipality within the Roaring Fork Watershed is currently drafting water conservation plans. Several draft plans are currently out for public comment. These plans are part of the larger Regional Water Conservation Planning effort being coordinated by Ruedi Water and Power Authority. Find links to each plan and deadlines for comments on the Roaring Fork Conservancy's website.
Water Quality Control Commission Hearing Notices
Join the sponsors of the SIEP for the announcement of an exciting new research project in Weld County exploring ways to utilize irrigation technology pioneered in Israel to improve the productivity, crop quality, water efficiency and profitability of farms in the South Platte River Basin. A reception will follow the announcement. Register here.
Join a statewide network of water education specialists for an afternoon of thinking, discussing, learning and sharing about our effectiveness on at the City Park Recreation Center in Westminster. The Symposium, hosted by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, will showcase proven educational programs and collaborate on how to make better use of existing resources. More information can be found here.
The first topic in the Colorado WaterWise Lunch and Learn Series will be "Federal Energy Management Program Pratices for Water Comprehensive Water Management" with guest speaker Kate McMordie Stoughton, a water efficiency engineer from the Pacific Northewest National Laboratory. The event begins at (speaker starts at ) at Aurora water in the Aurora Room. Register here for this free event.
Join UWP for their annual family-friendly, backcountry tour of the Red Mountain District. Don Paulson of Ouray County Historical Society will share colorful accounts of the area's mining heritage as we tour on skis and snowshoes along CR-31 to the Yankee Girl. All info and Sign Up HERE.
Join the Middle Colorado Watershed Council on , for an evening of engaging movies that will take you on a journey, full of different perspectives, down the Colorado River and its tributaries. The four movie shorts they will be showing are: "Warm Springs," "Resilient: Soil, Water, and the New stewards of the American West," "Remains of a River," "Remains of a River - A Reborn Colorado River Once Again Finds Her Path to the Sea." The movies will be shown at the Glenwood Springs Community Center (100 Wulfsohn Road) from . Popcorn and sodas will be served. More information can be found here.
The Careers in Natural Resources Initiative grew from an ongoing concern that youth conservation corps and other youth-serving environmental organizations face in guiding their alumni into natural resource careers. Since 2012, more than 90 federal, state and local agencies, non-profit organizations and higher education institutions have worked collaboratively to raise youth awareness of careers in our field, reduce barriers in the state and federal application processes, and increase access to information about careers and available jobs. Goals of the Summit include: Increasing the reach of the Initiative; better measuring our impact as an Initiative and as individual organizations; connecting partners working to engage youth in natural resource careers with one another. The event is FREE - but you must register by Feb 20thhere.
Join the Douglas Creek Conservation District for their Annual Meeting and Banquet, taking place at the Weiss Conference Room on the CNCC Campus in Rangely. The meeting will feature water issues that affect Rio Blanco County. The event will begin at . RSVP by by calling 970-878-5628 x 4 or email email@example.com.
Meet the Roaring Fork Conservancy at the Redstone Inn for coffee, refreshments and an introduction to exploring snowpack as a natural resource and its critical importance in Western water management. Derrick Wyle, snow surveyor with the Natural Resource Conservation Service and Sarah Johnson, Education Outreach Coordinator at Roaring Fork Conservancy will be your guides on McClure Pass as we explore a SNOTEL monitoring site, conduct a snow course survey, and dig a snow pit. Registration ($20/members $30/non-members) is required at roaringfork.org/events
Infocast’s 2nd Colorado Water Summit, in Denver, CO will give attendees the opportunity to meet key investors, financiers, municipalities, water users, technology companies, and other stakeholders in Colorado water as they discuss: Colorado’s water needs, regulations, existing project funding and development opportunities essential to developing critically-needed Colorado water infrastructure. View the agenda here.
: HAR-CeRSER Fort Collins Restoration Conference
The High Altitude Revegetation Committee and Central Rockies Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration are excited to announce a joint 2015 Conference and Workshop. With the broad theme of “High Altitude Restoration Science & Practice,” this joint conference will provide quality oral presentations and posters by practitioners, scientists, land managers, students, and policymakers to enhance our understanding of restoration and revegetation in diverse ecosystems using a variety of methods. For more information, click here.
Mar 12-13: 2015 Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute Conference
The 2015 RMLUI Conference will focus on the innovative ways Western people are building more resilient, equitable, and vital communities. This year’s theme addresses how we can meet the many challenges of the future—including threats posed by climate change, a modern economy, and demographic shifts—while better addressing issues of social and environmental justice. For more information and register, click here.
Join the Colorado Foundation for Water Education on for our annual Climate and Colorado's Water Future workshop at the National Ice Core Laboratory in the Denver Federal Center. Please find the draft agenda and registration on CFWE's website. You'll tour the National Ice Core Laboratory, learn how climate data is extracted from polar regions, see how climate impacts water resources and the environment, hear about water supply planning in the face of future climate change, receive and discuss interactive teaching tools and much more.
Presenting solutions for balancing the benefits of conservation with the costs, managing water resources, sustainable utilities and infrastructure, urban planning and design, energy efficiency, water conservation, stormwater and reuse. This four day event hosted by the American Water Works Association in Portland, Oregon features three pre-conference workshops, 26 technical sessions and one interactive poster session. Click here for further details.
CCLT’s annual Conservation Excellence conference provides conservation professionals in Colorado and the Intermountain West region an opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices, network with colleagues, and learn from each other by attending valuable sessions. Registration is open. Learn more on their website.
Join the Advancing EE Conference (Teaching Outside the Box) in Denver, CO, to explore, elevate and spark environmental education through a variety of session topics, inspiring speakers, and many opportunities for networking and discovering new ideas, tools and techniques. Click here for more conference information. Scholarships are available until January 19.
The Eastern Colorado Community Forestry Conference will take place at the Trinidad History Museum (312 East Main Street in Trinidad) from . The conference costs $15 and will cover such topics as: Management Impacts & Current Updates on Emerald Ash Borer, Invasive Removal Projects, Regional Tree Programs, Hands-On Pruning, and Tree Selection for SE Colorado and Drought Survivors. For more information and to register, click here.
Registration is open for the 2015 Smart Water Leadership Summit that will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada . For those who can't attend, there is an option to participate via live streaming video. Click here for more information and to register.
Apr 12-15: APWA North American Snow Conference
The American Public Works Association (APWA) invites you to join us in the heart of the North American Snowbelt for the 2015 North American Snow Conference in Grand Rapids, MI, -15! The 2015 Snow Conference has it all – from expert-led snow and ice education sessions to an exhibit floor full of excited vendors who can’t wait to show you the latest winter maintenance solutions your community’s been looking for. For more information, click here.
The CH2M HILL Spring RiverSweep presented by The Nature Conservancy is The Greenway Foundation's biannual riverside volunteer event. Gather your friends, family, group, or co-workers to help make our rivers cleaner, safer, and more beautiful. Volunteer groups help with numerous projects including trash removal, crusher-fine based trail construction, painting, graffiti removal, tree protection, willow harvesting or relocation and more. Find more information on their website.
Hosted by the Instream Flow Council in Portland, OR this year, participants of the International Workshop on Instream Flows will learn strategies that integrate legal and policy elements with traditional and new scientific methods to successfully manage real and perceived uncertainty for a range of biological, institutional, hydrologic, and geographic settings. For more information,click here.
May 7-8: 2015 Partners in the Outdoors Conference
The 2015 Partners in the Outdoors Conference will bring together an assembly of stakeholders in the future of Colorado's outdoors and recreational opportunities. Attendees at the conference are dedicated to fostering a strong conservation ethic throughout Colorado communities, creating a bond to ensure awareness and respect for natural resources and outdoor recreation. Together we invest in improving the quality of life for all Coloradans. 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.
Captain Planet Foundation EcoTech Grants
EcoTech grants are back! Sixteen (16) $2500 grants will be awarded to schools or non-profits organizations for the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that use innovation, biomimicry / nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities. For more information, click here.
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day Project Awards
Application Deadline: March 5, 2015
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is awarding sixty-five $500 project funding awards for implementing projects that reduce wildfire risk or post-fire impacts for the 2015 Wildfire Community Preparedness Day ( ). Project funding awards are open to everyone – potential applicants include individuals, neighborhoods, youth groups, homeowner associations, civic organizations, fire departments, park/open space and forestry agencies; it is not a requirement that applicants be part of an active Firewise Community/USA®. For more information and to apply for funding, visit their website.
GOCO Conservation Excellence Grants
The focus of our Conservation Excellence Grants has shifted to address changing needs within the conservation community. Our redesigned program strives to foster exploration of complicated issues — i.e., oil and gas development on conserved lands, orphan easements, water, amendments — via pilot projects and/or research so that the conservation community can begin searching for potential solutions. Projects will fall into one or more of four main categories that cover the major challenges and issues: Policy, Standards and Education, Community Engagement, and Stewardship and Long-term Sustainability. 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 20 Riparian Restoration Grant Program will require applicants to demonstrate they will use youth or volunteers in their projects, which may range from erosion mitigation to eradicating thirsty non-native plants and trees. For more information, click here.
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.
Join CRC for a comprehensive, 1-day Introduction to Government Grants workshop, and learn more about the differences and distinctions amongst government grants. Participants will understand the essential elements required to find and write government grants, as well as how to evaluate the organization's eligibility and capacity to administer this type of grant. Register here.
Various Dates and Locations: State Revolving Funds Workshops
On January 1, 2015 Colorado's State Revolving Fund launched changes to the Drinking Water Revolving Fund (DWRF) and Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (WPCRF)programs. Colorado’s wastewater and drinking water systems will see significant new benefits from these changes. All updated forms can be found at this website. The program partners at the Water Quality Control Division, Department of Local Affairs, and Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority are conducting statewide workshops this spring. The workshops will cover program changes to the pre-application steps, engineering reports, self certification option for design submittals, and grant assistance. Project consultation will be available for interested entities following the presentation. To see the workshop dates and locations, click here.
Join this webinar to understand the risks of human stream channel infrastructure damage, probability of storm events and effects of the natural stream channel evolution processes from floods, and the USDA NRCS programs that can provide assistance after these disasters. learn more here... The webinar will take place from .
A Nationally recognized Certified interpretive Guide (CIG) Training class is coming up at South Platte Park in Littleton, . To register, go to www.sspr.org/nature, course number 674533 or call 303-347-5999. The fee of $360 is standardized by the National Association for Interpretation.Program taught through the Denver metro region’s South Suburban Parks and Recreation District.
Mar 4: Government Grants
Join CRC for a comprehensive, 1-day Introduction to Government Grants workshop and learn more about the differences and distinctions of grants in the government sector. Participants will understand the essential elements included in finding and writing government grant applications, and determining your eligibility and capacity to administer this type of grant. For more information about this workshop, taking place in Denver, click here.
Mountain Studies Institute, in partnership with Biological Sciences Initiative, ScienceLIVE, Learn More About Climate, and National Science Foundation are excited to offer teachers, informal educators, and interested partners a workshop opportunity to learn from expert scientist-educators on bringing the Colorado alpine into their classrooms. The workshop is planned to be held for a full day in Durango. Register here.
Reducing the volume of runoff has become an important stormwater management objective, as it is embedded in the philosophies of green infrastructure and low-impact development. The Center for Watershed Protection first worked with Virginia on the Runoff Reduction Method in 2008. Since that time, permutations of the method have been incorporated into stormwater standards in West Virginia, Washington D.C., Delaware, Coastal Georgia, South Carolina, New York, as well as several local stormwater manuals. This webcast will explain the method, describe the accounting of runoff reduction capabilities by various stormwater practices, and provide examples of compliance and site planning tools used in various states. Register for the webinar here. Cost: $159.
Native Plant Program Coordinator, Southern Rockies Seed Network
Synergy Ecological Restoration seeks a seasonal employee to help plan and implement activities associated with our Southern Rockies Seed Network. Established in 2014, the seed network provides an exciting opportunity for professional growth and to work with a diverse range of federal, state, and local partners working to create a sustainable solution to developing native plant materials for the restoration industry in Wyoming and Colorado. This position will also help plan and oversee seed collection and restoration projects, training, assist in developing a growers network, manage diverse mapping and data management needs, write grants, develop educational materials, provide marketing and outreach, and coordinate volunteer efforts. More information on the positio, which closes , here.
Laramie Foothills Assistant Preserves Manager, The Nature Conservancy
The Laramie Foothills Assistant Preserves manager is responsible for developing, managing, and advancing outreach and stewardship programs within the Laramie Foothills Conservation Area in northern Colorado. For more information, click here.
District Manager, Jefferson Conservation District
This position will take the lead administrative duties for the district. Application reviews will begin . Click here for the full job announcement.
Watershed Coordinator, Estes Valley Watershed Coalition
The Watershed Coordinator will lead disaster-related restoration efforts in Estes Valley while seeking to address all issues attendant to that watershed including flood resiliency, ecological health, water quality, wildlife habitat and riparian stability. The Watershed Coordinator will lead disaster-related restoration efforts in Estes Valley while seeking to address all issues attendant to that watershed including flood resiliency, ecological health, water quality, wildlife habitat and riparian stability. For the full job description, click here.
Administrative Assistant, Alliance for Water Efficiency
The Alliance for Water Efficiency seeks a qualified individual to serve in the position of administrative assistant. The chosen individual will be an integral part of their Chicago office. The ideal candidate must be very organized and detail oriented. For more information, click here.
Seasonal Restoration Projects Coordinators (3 positions open), Wildlands Restoration Volunteers
WRV engages thousands of volunteers each year through over 100 restoration and stewardship projects across Colorado and southern Wyoming. The Restoration Project Coordinators plan and run stewardship projects across the state, lead teams of skilled volunteers, provide logistical support, manage outreach and volunteer recruitment events, and coordinate the expectations of land management agencies while achieving other project goals. For more information and to apply, visit their website.
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.
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