Conferences and Events Early April

 A Cutthroat Trout swims against a waterfall at the Glenwood Springs Hatchery. Division of Wildlife. Tyler Baskfield, Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Date taken: 5/19/2006.

A Cutthroat Trout swims against a waterfall at the Glenwood Springs Hatchery. Division of Wildlife. Tyler Baskfield, Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Date taken: 5/19/2006.

COLORADO RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION (CDPHE) Facility Classification Stakeholder Meetings: CDPHE is hosting stakeholder meetings to discuss drafts developed from work group meetings proposed to update the facility classification sections of Regulation 100 - Water and Wastewater Facility Operator Certification Requirements. This could affect your facility classification in the future. You are encouraged to stay informed. The listed meetings are all outreach meetings with the same content. While you are welcome to attend more than one, the content will be the same. Meeting questions and discussion will vary depending on participants. 

  • April 4th, 2018 in Weld County --- 10:00 - 11:30 am, Weld County SW Service Center, 4209 County Rd. 24 1/2, Longmont, CO 80504

  • April 11th, 2018 in Sterling--- 11:00 - 12:30 pm City of Sterling Public Library (Community Room) 420 N 5th St., Sterling, CO 80751

  • April 18th, 2018 Web/conference call only --- 1:00 - 2:30 pm. Details will be updated at least one week before meeting date.

  • April 25th, 2018 in La Junta --- 9:30 - 11:00 a, Otero Junior College Student Center (Ballroom), 2101 San Juan, La Junta, CO 81050

  • April 25th, 2018 in Alamosa --- 2:00 - 3:30 p, Alamosa County Building (EOC, 2nd floor), 8900 Independence Way, Alamosa CO 81101

  • May 3rd, 2018 in Montrose --- 9:30 - 11:00 a, Montrose County Fairgrounds, (Pioneer room, accessed through Friendship Hall), 1001 N. Second St., Montrose, CO 81401

  • May 3rd, 2018 in Steamboat Springs --- 2:30 - 4:00 pm, Routt County offices (commissioners conference room), 522 Lincoln Ave, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

APRIL 6th, 2018: Southwest Water Conservation District presents the Annual Water Seminar. Experts will discuss: wildfire impacts to water supplies, the state’s response to emergencies such as the 2013 front range flooding, the western slope’s risk in the context of Colorado River obligations and drought, as well as avoiding devastating infrastructure failure, among other related topics. The full program will be posted shortly. Click HERE for more information and to register.

APRIL 10th, 2018: Join the Center for Watershed Protection's 2018 National Conference to learn fresh ideas about watershed and stormwater funding and management. Today’s water quality experts not only have to overcome pollution, but also a world of uncertain federal funding and regulatory oversight. To restore our waterways, identifying innovative financing strategies and management solutions is more important than ever before. This conference will help practitioners, regulators, water and sewer authorities and stormwater managers overcome common hurdles — from staff shortages and a lack of financial support to addressing multiple pollutant sources in mixed land use watersheds. Register online or attend at one of their in-person hub locations. Spots are limited. Find more information and register HERE.

APRIL 11th-12th, 2018: 24th Annual Arkansas River Basin Water Forum Program CONNECTIONS, CHALLENGES, CHOICES and CHANGES in La Junta, CO. Each year the Forum Board of Directors recruits a new host community within the Basin to help plan the Forum. This tradition ensures that the Forum broadens relationships throughout the Arkansas Basin, which is spatially the largest river basin in Colorado covering 27% of the State’s area (28,268 sq. mi.). This year this dynamic forum covers topics that include: Tackling Water Quality Problems while Keeping Agriculture Productive in the Lower Arkansas River Valley and Fire and Flooding - Not If, But When. Click HERE for links to the agenda, sponsors, and registration. 

COLORADO RURAL WATER ASSOCIATION (CDPHE) Nutrients - additional incentive program meetings. Regulation changes and their voluntary incentive program. They will discuss changes to nutrient management, including the development of nutrient water quality standards within the framework of the Clean Water Program’s 10-year roadmap and the plan to continue making progress through the voluntary incentive program for early nutrient reductions. The final presentation given in Denver will be available on the nutrient website.  Here are the scheduled meetings:

Durango meeting
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 (9 - 11 a.m.)
San Juan Basin Public Health
Columbine Conference Room (located downstairs in SJBPH building)
281 Sawyer Dr Ste. 300
Durango, CO 81303
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Montrose meeting
Thursday, April 12th, 2018 (9 - 11 a.m.)
Delta Montrose Electric Association
11925 6300 Rd
Montrose, CO 81401
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Greeley meeting
Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 (10 a.m. - noon)
University of Northern Colorado
University Center
2101 10th Ave
Greeley, CO 80631
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Denver meeting
Friday, April 27th, 2018 (1 - 3 p.m.)
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
C1E meeting room
4300 South Cherry Creek Drive
Denver, CO 80246
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APRIL 11th-12th, 2018: 24th Annual Arkansas River Basin Water Forum Program CONNECTIONS, CHALLENGES, CHOICES and CHANGES in a Junta, CO. Each year the Forum Board of Directors recruits a new host community within the Basin to help plan the Forum. This tradition ensures that the Forum broadens relationships throughout the Arkansas Basin, which is spatially the largest river basin in Colorado covering 27% of the State’s area (28,268 sq. mi.). This year this dynamic forum covers topics that include: Tackling Water Quality Problems while Keeping Agriculture Productive in the Lower Arkansas River Valley and Fire and Flooding - Not If, But When. Click HERE for links to the agenda, sponsors, and registration. 

APRIL 18th, 2018: The Center for Watershed Protection is hosting the 2018 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference, which is designed for water management from all sectors, practitioners, regulators, and water and sewer authorities, and will present case studies and best practices as well as address cross cutting issues and emerging trends. This will take place online and at remote hub locations. Questions can be answered by emailing: center@cwp.org, or calling 410-461-8323. For more on the Center for Watershed Protection, click HERE.

APRIL 21st, 2018: Fryingpan River Cleanup! Help clean up one of the most beautiful stretches of river in the country! Volunteers of all ages welcome! Join them for a free breakfast before cleaning up a 1-mile section of the river. Prizes for: Best of Trash, Most Toxic, Most Useful, Most Unusual Trash, and Best Photo. Learn more and register HERE.

APRIL 21st, 2018: High School GLC Spring RiverSweep. Calling all high school students! Come on down to downtown Denver on Earth Day weekend and join hundreds of other volunteers and we get our parks ready for spring by removing trash from our parks! Food will be provided, and you'll earn service hours for your time with us. Register HERE.

APRIL 26th-27th, 2018: The inaugural Water in the West Symposium, hosted by Colorado State University (CSU), will bring more than 400 leaders in water research, agriculture, policy, conservation, and education to Denver. CSU and other partners have invested in creating a state-of-the-art Water Resources Center (WRC) to be housed at the National Western Center (WRC). The WRC will offer a collaborative space for partners from agriculture, utilities, academics, and recreational water stakeholders in a state-of-the-art facility. The WRC will focus on policy, innovation, education, and research, and will be capable of hosting multi-disciplinary programs and water conferences, as well as attracting students of all ages. The Symposium will focus on engaging experts and leaders in thoughtful conversations and creating impact through the WRC. Find full details and a link to register HERE

APRIL 29th-May 1st, 2018: The 2nd Annual Next Generation Water Summit at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy St, Santa Fe, NM. The Summit focuses on water conservation and water reuse in the arid Southwest. It brings together builders, designers, architects and water professionals to share best practices and brainstorm new ones through charrettes. In 2018, their featured keynote speaker will be Jonathan Overpeck. Overpeck’s visionary work has been at the forefront of the heated climate change public debates and identifying the risks to managing water resources, providing valuable insights into past climate variability and change in the Southwest. He will present on the Climate Change forecasted impact to the Colorado River flows. There are over 40 unique sessions planned with speakers from AZ, CA, CO, NM, TX. On the morning of May 1, they will hold two charrettes, where they will have multiple stakeholders dive into a challenging topic. These charrettes will have very limited seating, so sign up today! Learn more and register HERE.

MAY 2nd-4th, 2018: San Juan Mining and Reclamation Conference - Planning for Resiliency will be held in Creede, Colorado. The format of this conference encourages discussions of how the mining and reclamation community can plan for potential disasters and invites bold and frank conversations about topics that have challenged you, may be considered taboo, or can be uncomfortable to share. Topic examples include, but are not limited to: Longevity of mines; Lifetime of watershed groups; Risk assessment, tolerance, and mitigation; Effectively communicating risk; Fiduciary responsibility and abandoned mines (Good Samaritan Law); Scenario planning; Adaptive management; Environmental justice; New regulations and their impact; Planning for natural disasters and severe weather events; Changes in relationships, partners and stakeholders. Call 970-325-3010 for more information.

May 9th, 2018: From 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., land conservation leaders from across Colorado will convene for a half-day Conservation Futures Project summit in Breckenridge. Summit participants will:

  • Discuss lessons learned from last year's CCLT board assessment of organizational health and direction
  • Review research on a range of statewide organizations whose models are considered to be national exemplars in serving their constituents and advancing common conservation goals
  • Participate in core purpose and goal-setting exercises designed to set the vision for a redesigned statewide land conservation coalition
  • Provide critical guidance to the Conservation Futures Project steering committee as it seeks to shepherd the CFP process

Read more about the Conservation Futures Project summit HERE.

MAY 9th-11th, 2018: Advancing Colorado by Investing in the Outdoors Workshop. The Partners in the Outdoors Conference brings together organizations, agencies, schools, businesses and communities engaged in the future of Colorado's conservation and outdoor recreational opportunities. Together, we can improve the quality of life for all Coloradans by promoting awareness and respect for natural resources, sustainable growth of businesses, and responsible hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. Learn more HERE.

MAY 29th-June 1st, 2018: The Society of Wetland Scientists’ 2018 Annual Meeting will be held at the Hilton Denver City Center in Denver, Colorado. This unique meeting is themed “Wetland Science: Integrating Research, Practice, and Policy – An Exchange of Expertise.” Reserve your spot to network and build professional connections with the highest level of wetland professionals at the 2018 Annual Meeting. Simply complete and return the Exhibitor Agreement to reserve your booth today! Agreements must be received by April 30, 2018. Click HERE for more information.

JUNE 7th-8th, 2018: Join GWC Summer Water Conference, "What Lies Beneath? Reasons to Care About Groundwater in the Southwest." at the University of Colorado School of Law. Read specific details HERE, and access registration links HERE.

JUNE 20th - 21st, 2018: Pawnee Butte Seed Company 2018 Grass Tour. Working with the Colorado Section - Society of Range Management, West Greeley Conservation District, and Jordan Angus, together they have a great tour planned for you. Starting Wednesday afternoon: enjoy a tour of Emmett Jordan's Ranch in Briggsdale. Jordan received the 2017 Colorado Section SRM Excellence in Rangeland Conservation award. Following the tour there will be a BBQ at the beautiful West Greeley Conservation Districts Houston Gardens. Thursday join them for a day all about water. Visit different locations in Northern Colorado and see the different ways water is used in Weld County and its different forms. If you would like to join them please email becca@pawneebuttesseed.com to register!  

SEPTEMBER 10th-12th2018:  2018 Colorado Open Space Alliance (COSA) conference. Do you have open space, natural resource management, or conservation expertise that you’d like to share?  They are seeking presentations for the conference, which is themed “Ripple by Ripple, Water is the Driving Force in Nature.”   The deadline to submit your proposal is Friday, April 20th 2018. Preference will be given to proposals that focus on the following open space topics:

  • Watershed Management – Land and water conservation projects; adaptive management; integrated watershed management through environmental and socio-economic interactions
  • Human impacts on water – Agriculture (use and diversion), Energy (dams, levees, oil & gas), Population Growth (consumption), Recreation
  • Restoration Projects – Fish and wildlife management; habitat enhancement through floodplain restoration; streambank and outfall/diversion restoration projects
  • Natural threats – drought, flooding, climate, habitat loss

All proposals are due by close of business on Friday, April 20th 2018. For more information click HERE.

OCTOBER 9th - 11th, 2018: SAVE THE DATE - 13th Annual Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference. The Color of Water: Exploring the Spectrum, Westin Riverfront Resort, Avon, CO. Don't miss the premier watershed conference in Colorado. Expanding cooperation and collaboration throughout Colorado in natural resource conservation, protection and enhancement by informing participants about new issues and innovative projects and through invaluable networking. Stay tuned at SCW Conference 2018.

OCTOBER 24th-25th, 2018: 29th Annual South Platte Forum at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, CO. The conference will feature an exciting lineup of speakers and topics, and a great opportunity to network. This year the South Platte Forum is accepting speaker applications! If you have a topic that you would like to present at the conference, please submit an application for the Committee to review by May 1st, 2018. Find the list of speakers and their bios HERE, and all general and pertinent information and links HERE. This year the South Platte Forum is accepting speaker applications! If you have a topic that you would like to present at the conference, please submit an application for the Committee to review by May 1st, 2018. Apply HERE!

NOVEMBER 7th-8th, 2018: 8th Annual Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum will be held at CMU University Center in Grand Junction, CO. For more, click HERE.

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