2017 Pre & Post Conference Workshops



Reaching the Right People; How Targeted Outreach Creates Water-Informed Communities

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Hosted by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, supported by other presenters

As an educator, often one of our biggest challenges is reaching our targeted audiences, and even more challenging, once we have reached them, how do we manage those relationships to reach our goals?
Participants of this workshop will engage in a dialogue and receive training on how to best design, plan and reach target audiences with water-focused messages and information. We will hear about how the Fountain Creek Watershed District and the Greenway Fund came together in a collaborative outreach and education initiative to reach residents of the Fountain Creek watershed within the greater Arkansas River Basin. The team created a variety of outreach strategies and activities to achieve their goal and they will walk you through their process and present their impressive results. In addition to exploring this case study, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education will guide you through numerous activities on how to use the Fountain Creek model, along with other resources, to develop an outreach plan for your own community and target audience. While the example highlighted in this workshop will be looking at a large, watershed-scale audience, the lessons and skills presented are transferable to any audience and type of water education program.   


Learn about how to conduct Stream Management Planning in your watershed  

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Nicole Seltzer, Science and Policy Manager, River Network

The development of Stream Management Plans for 80 percent of locally prioritized rivers is a key action in Colorado’s Water Plan. To help achieve this, River Network is spearheading a two-year project to enlarge the pipeline of local coalitions that are interested, ready and capable of undertaking stream management plans. As part of this effort, River Network and The Nature Conservancy have hosted a series of meetings with Colorado’s science and river restoration professionals to help align their resources, expertise and tools with the capacity and knowledge needs of local coalitions. This workshop’s intended audience are individuals from community non-profits, local government staff or water rights owners who want to learn how to scope, budget and begin a stream management plan. At it, we will introduce you to multiple planning tools including a new overview manual on objectives, methodologies and budgets, Colorado Mesa University Water Center’s recently completed on-line tool to map flow-related data and challenges in the Colorado River Basin, and others.

This workshop is limited to 30 participants to facilitate quality interaction and a hands-on format. As such, we request that only one person from a given organization attend.

Sediment Transport in Stream Assessment and Design

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Dr. Peter Wilcock, Fluvial Geomorphologist, Professor and Department Head, Watershed Sciences, Utah State University

The Colorado Riparian Association is thrilled to offer Watershed Conference attendees the special opportunity of attending an abbreviated version of Dr. Wilcock’s week-long workshop on understanding and applying the principles of sediment transport to alluvial channel assessment and design. Dr. Wilcock combines principles of open channel flow and sediment transport with watershed-scale, hydrologic and sediment source analysis to place channel assessment and design in the appropriate context. Tools for estimating sediment supply at the watershed to reach level are applied in class exercises. Threshold and alluvial channel design methods are presented along with guidelines for assessing and incorporating uncertainty. Dr. Wilcock will introduce topics of estimating sediment supply, calculating sediment transport rates, and forecasting channel response to water and sediment supply. Dr. Wilcock will cover a large amount of material in this half-day compression of his ever popular week-long course. Familiarity with basic principles of river geomorphology and pre-reading before attending the workshop are helpful.
Topics to be introduced include:
•Assessment of sediment sources and sinks using historic data, remote sensing, and field observations
•Threshold and alluvial channel models with guidelines for assessment and design incorporating uncertainty
•Sediment transport calculations: challenges and methods, sediment rating curves, cumulative transport
•Field measurement of sediment transport and guidance for different sampling approaches
•Use of 1-d flow and transport models: using HEC-RAS for evaluation of flow competence and sediment transport capacity
•Class project incorporating gravel augmentation into channel design for dynamic fish habitat

Post Conference Field Session:

Join us for a trip down the Eagle River

8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

Expert talks on fluvial geomorphology and how a community came together to restore an old gravel mine. Bring your bike for an optional tour down the Eagle River bike path! More information to come.

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