Conferences and Events Late May

 Bighorn sheep are released into Gore Canyon west of Kremmling in mid-January 2009. Division of Wildlife. Richard Seeley. Photo taken: 1/15/2009.

Bighorn sheep are released into Gore Canyon west of Kremmling in mid-January 2009. Division of Wildlife. Richard Seeley. Photo taken: 1/15/2009.

MAY 17th, 2018: Join Manabi Salsa Band and an incredible dance crowd at Avogadro's Number in Fort Collins to help grow the Southern Rockies Seed Network. Enjoy great food, local beer, and soulful salsa sounds while helping improve the diversity and resilience of natural habitats in  the Southern Rockies. Through the strategic engagement of public and private partners, volunteer activities, and pooling resources in the region, they are forging long-term solutions that provide lasting impacts for plants and wildlife from the peaks to the prairies, and all the spaces in between that we call home. Please bring a check or cash for the paddle raiser and opportunity drawing tickets, and help them reach their goal of raising $10,000 for the night. 100% of proceeds will sustain their minimal staffing, support volunteer events, keep their lights on, and expand their ability to develop quality native plants. Read more HERE.

May 17th, 2018: Water, Wildfire and Wellness- Field notes from the ashes of recent Western megafires. In recent years, every Western state has experienced an increase in the average number of large wildfires each year. Anthropogenic climate change is estimated to be responsible for about half of all areas burned by wildfire in recent decades. What are the emerging impacts of wildfires like these on community health? How can we as leaders better prepare for and mitigate these impacts? Find out how to join this webinar by clicking this link.

MAY 17th, 2018: Ruedi Reservoir Tour: Storing West Slope Water. Curious to know more about Ruedi Reservoir and its significance in the Roaring Fork Watershed? This is your chance! Join Mark Fuller from Ruedi Water and Power Authority to learn about transbasin water diversions and how Ruedi Reservoir operates, by visiting the reservoir. We’ll also gain a unique perspective of the dam and its construction from the Rocky Fork area. Learn more and register HERE.

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 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.

MAY 24th or 25th, 2018: Join WEco, Poudre Heritage Alliance, and the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed to explore the Poudre River. Colorado's waterways provide ecosystem benefits, habitat for fish and wildlife, and water for recreation, agriculture, industry and personal use. Register here for the May 24 date, or click here to register for the May 25 tour.

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.

MAY 31st, 2018: Join Roaring Fork Audubon and Roaring Fork Conservancy for a brisk morning of birding at the Maroon Creek Wetlands. A ranger from City of Aspen Parks & Open Space will explain how this constructed wetland benefits people and wildlife, by being a temporary home to dozens of migratory birds during the early summer. Find more details HERE

MAY 31st, 2018: Friends of the Yampa presents, Yampa Water Festival. Come hear speakers explaining the importance of the Yampa River, participate in river activities, and enjoy engaging with the greater community in this fun event! Find more information HERE

JUNE 5th or 6th, 2018: Join the Barr Milton Watershed Association, WEco, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District and the Colorado Stormwater Council for a fun day learning about the history of the Sand Creek Waterway and efforts to restore it. Register here for the June 5 date, or click here to register for the June 6 date. 

JUNE 5th or 6th, 2018: 2018 Denver Urban Water Cycle Tour. This roughly 9-mile route will begin at Bluff Lake Nature Center. We'll then travel along Sand Creek, head downhill and west, diverting a short distance up Westerly creek before continuing along Sand Creek to Metro Wastewater.  Register today - space is limited. Both the June 5 (morning) and June 6 (afternoon) bike tours are exactly the same. To see the tour agenda and find where to register, click here.

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

JUNE 11th-12th, 2018: Join Water Education Colorado for their two-day RIO GRANDE BASIN TOUR! Tour topics will include the Rio Grande Basin Implementation Plan progress and priorities, forest health, reservoir rehabilitation and timed releases, remote telemetry, compact compliance, ag practices, well rules and regulations, and much much more. Learn more and register HERE.

JUNE 12th, 2018: Lunch 'n Learn: Regional Model Landscape and Irrigation Ordinance. What is a Regional Model Landscape and Irrigation Ordinance? Why do we need one? How can it benefit you? Linda and Rick will discuss the steps taken through a partnership with South Metro Water Supply Authority as they determined the need and created the ordinance. They’ll cover the key requirements and why they make sense for any municipality to adopt. As well as other great tips and tools for attendees. Learn more and register HERE

JUNE 14th, 2018: Lunch 'n Learn: Open Source Resources. Open Water Foundation is leading the effort to collaboratively develop, enhance, and maintain open source water resource software tools, to the benefit of government, universities, consultants, nonprofits, and the public. Join us for a brown bag Lunch 'n Learn with Steve Malers to learn about innovative ways to use technology to solve complex water issues and empower users with software tools for data analysis and visualization.Learn more and register HERE.

JUNE 14th, 2018: Join the RMSAWWA Conservation Committee for their next meeting in Summit County. There will be a tour of Dillon reservoir prior to the meeting. Discussion topics to include connecting planning and water use demand, new development rules and regulations, and tap fees to incentivize water efficiency. Read more and register 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 HERECALL FOR ABSTRACTS will expire June 30th. Click HERE for details for abstracts