2019 Pre & Post Conference Workshops

You do not need to be registered for the conference to attend these FREE pre-conference workshops.


Lifecycle Planning for Watershed Groups

Tuesday, October 8th

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Hosted by

Colorado Watershed Assembly

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Every stage of an organization’s lifecycle has its own set of challenges. Solutions that may have worked for one stage may not work in another stage. Your watershed organization should plan accordingly. At each stage, your organization will rely on financial sources to help overcome the challenges you will likely face. Join us for this conversation with three watershed groups in the different stages of their life cycle; launch, growth and dissolution.

Designing Water Education Actions for Statewide Impact: Implementing the Statewide Water Education Action Plan (SWEAP)

Tuesday, October 8th

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Hosted by

Water Education Colorado

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How do we align local water education activities to shared statewide outcomes and strategies for maximum collective impact? How can we measure our collective success at reaching regional and statewide outcomes? Water Education Colorado recently worked with leaders in water education from around the state, with input from the Water Educator Network, to develop a Statewide Water Education Action Plan (SWEAP) as called for in the Colorado Water Plan. This year’s Water Educator Network conversation during the pre-conference workshop will help kick-off the beginning of SWEAP implementation. It will build off of Water Education Colorado’s 2018 SCW pre-conference workshop on Building Relationships into Program Design and Evaluation that was held in partnership with ThinkWater. Anyone interested in water education is welcome to attend, whether you are a member of the Water Educator Network or not.

Restoring to Stage 0: evaluating site potential and developing alternatives for full floodplain reconnection

Tuesday, October 8th

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Hosted by

Colorado Riparian Association

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Workshop led by

Dr. Colin Thorne, Chair of Geography, University of Nottingham

Dr. Janine Castro, Geomorphologist, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Dr. Sue Niezgoda, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Gonzaga University

Mark Beardsley, Ecologist, EcoMetrics

Full floodplain reconnection, termed "Stage 0" in the Stream Evolution Model (Cluer and Thorne 2014), has been recognized as an ecologically superior restoration goal for many alluvial valleys with incised channels. This course will cover the most up-to-date theory and practice of floodplain reconnection throughout the life cycle of a project, including the supporting science, planning where and under what conditions

Stage 0 is a relevant goal that supports species recovery, methods of design and construction, including examples ranging from nudging depositional processes to wholesale resetting of valleys. Examples will represent diverse ecoregions, will place Stage 0 within a risk vs. performance context to established restoration practice, will address permitting concerns and emerging post-construction appraisal and monitoring methods. Both active (i.e. valley floor reset) and passive (i.e. beaver dam analogs) will be discussed.

Post Conference Workshop:

The Role of Large Wood in River Restoration

Thursday, October 10th

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Hosted by

Colorado Riparian Association

Workshop led by Inter-Fluve designers, FlyWater riverine constructors, and American Whitewater recreational experts

This half-day workshop focuses on the use of large wood for river restoration, encompassing geomorphic considerations, structure design, construction methods, risk, and recreational perspectives. Large wood provides critical structural and functional roles in the shaping rivers and streams. Specifically, wood can have a profound impact on the biophysical functionality of a stream by driving channel changes that create and maintain habitat, and it can be a key cog in building resiliency in our floodplains.

The size and abundance of wood in modern rivers throughout forested regions in North America’s temperate zone-including the Front Range - is minimal in comparison to pre-disturbance conditions. In response, re-introduction of large wood through restoration practices has become a common treatment. This workshop will be presented by restoration practitioners that, collectively, have designed and installed hundreds of wood structures across the country, including many that were implemented as part of Colorado’s Front Range flood recovery effort.

Designers from Inter-Fluve will discuss geomorphic considerations and standards of practice related to structure design. Builders from FlyWater will discuss structure construction, while a representative from American Whitewater will talk about recreational considerations. The workshop will end with a discussion on risk.

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