The purpose of this event is to explore major watershed challenges and opportunities over the next 20 years, as seen by the various sectors who benefit from a healthy watershed, and assess whether there is interest in investing in a collaborative watershed management plan or effort for the Thompson River drainage area.
The Source Water Protection Workshop will explore opportunities for Watershed Coalitions and partners to prevent contamination of sources of drinking water supply within their watersheds together and within their respective missions. Come join your peers and partners to learn about common activities that may contaminate drinking water sources, source water protection planning to address them, and develop an action plan to fit your own watershed.
During this workshop you will:
- Learn about potential contaminant sources,
- Hear from topic experts on water quality impacts from septic systems, mining operations, and wildfire, and how you can work with local and state agencies to mitigate impacts,
- Identify partner agencies and protective management strategies that can be implemented, and
- Begin to develop a source water protection action plan to fit your own watershed.
Resources on Wildfire Impacts
Water Research Foundation
Expert Symposiums: Wildfire Symposium 2013
Wildfire Impacts on Water Supplies and Potential for Mitigation: Workshop Report – 4529 (2013)
University of Arizona
Managing for Future Risks of Fire, Post-fire Flooding and Extreme Precipitation: workshop report
Oropeza, J.; & Heath, J., 2013. Five Year Summary Report (2008–2012) Upper Cache la Poudre River Collaborative Water Quality Monitoring Program. City of Fort Collins Utilities, City of Greeley, Tri-Districts.
Arkansas Basin Roundtable Implementation Plan
The SWAP workshop is FREE, but registration is required!
Longmont Utility Services Building, 1251 S. Bowen Street, Longmont, CO
CWA COLLABORATIVE WORKSHOP: Let’s WRAP – Fountain Creek! With the Colorado Data Sharing Network and Colorado State University eRAMS Team
Learn about water quality data sharing systems that can help you navigate upcoming Reg 85 Requirements and manage your water resource data more effectively to get better results in your watershed management decisions. The Colorado Data Sharing Network has been providing service to water organizations for over 15 years. Colorado State University has been working with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to develop the Watershed Rapid Assessment Program and other tools to bring together disparate watershed data sources and provide the ability to do analytics on that data on one cloud based platform.
This is a hands on workshop so please bring your own laptop. If you don’t have one available, please contact Theresa Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org – there will be a limited number of laptops available.
Colorado Springs East Library
5550 North Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80918
RESERVE YOUR SEAT!
The Arkansas River is the economic lifeblood of many Coloradans. As one of the largest river basins in the state, it is quite the “workhorse” as far as rivers and the many competing interests are concerned. Its flows provide water for a broad diversity of agriculture, municipalities, recreationists, wildlife and industry uses. However, decades of utilizing the state’s most important resource have taken a toll on “The Ark”. Changes in water rights, non-point source and point source pollution have had cumulative effects on water quality and further impact the uses of Arkansas River water. Concentrations of selenium and nutrients have become more prevalent and the economic impact from these pollutants may affect producers’ bottom lines.
In 2012 the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission adopted Regulation 85 to address nutrient pollutant levels in rivers and lakes throughout the state, including the Arkansas. Regulation 85 requests implementation of voluntary best management practices to reduce non-point sources of nutrients before 2022 at which point there will be an evaluation of progress made and the potential need to adopt control regulations for agricultural practices. Fortunately, there are Federal and State resources available to assist agricultural producers in meeting water quality goals. Your local NRCS/conservation district office can help guide you with a plan and availability of technical and financial assistance.
This workshop will be held at the Otero Junior College Student Center, La Junta, CO
Tickets. are FREE but RSVP is required. A complimentary lunch will be served during the workshop.
Please RSVP by February 17th.