Conferences and Events Early May

 A winter scene of James M John State Wildlife Area. Division of Wildlife. Bill Velarde, Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Photo taken: 12/15/2007.

A winter scene of James M John State Wildlife Area. Division of Wildlife. Bill Velarde, Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Photo taken: 12/15/2007.

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. Click HERE to learn more.

STATE OF THE RIVER MEETINGS are public meetings held across the Colorado Western Slope to educate and inform on water issues. Experts discuss the amount of water expected to flow into the local reservoirs from snow melt and forecast how conditions may affect the rise and fall of reservoir levels and the amounts and timing of water to be released to the rivers over the upcoming season. 

Next State of the River Meetings: 

May 2 – Summit County State of the River 
5:30 p.m. refreshments & social time; 6:00 p.m. program; Silverthorne Pavilion 400 Blue River Parkway Silverthorne, CO

May 8 – Mesa County State of the River, 6:00 p.m. refreshments & program; Colorado Mesa University Meyer Ballroom, University Center, 1255 N. 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO

May 9 – Eagle River Valley State of the River, 5:15 p.m. lite dinner & social time; 6:00 p.m. program; Colorado Mountain College, 150 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards, CO

May 15 – Middle Colorado State of the River, 5:30 p.m. refreshments & social time, 6:00 p.m. program; Ute Events Center, 132 E. 4th Street, Rifle, CO

May 16 – Ouray County State of the River,  Ouray County Fairgrounds and 4H Event Center,  22739 US-550, Ridgway, CO – time to be determined

May 21 – State of the Gunnison River Basin, 6:00 refreshments & social time, 6:30 program, Holiday Inn, 1391 S. Townsend, Montrose, CO

May 31 – State of the Roaring Fork River Basin, place & time to be determined 

Click HERE to access more information on the State of the River Meetings listed above.

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. 

  • 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

MAY 8th, 2018: Mesa County State of the River Seminar & Dinner, a complimentary chili dinner, and learn about this year's snowpack and reservoir operations, current Colorado River Basin issues, and potential impacts of the dry year in the Grand Valley. This event is free is you RSVP HERE.

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. 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.

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 in please email becca@pawneebuttesseed.com to register!  

AUGUST 6th, 2018: Reclaimed Water - Regulation 84 Hearing Hosted by Colorado Water Quality Control Division. A public hearing is being held to review proposed regulatory changes to Reclaimed Water Control Regulation 84. For more details about other WQCC Rule-making Proceeding, click HERE.

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.”  Read more about this 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

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.