Announcements Late October

Riparian Restoration Conference Call for Abstracts and Symposia | Abstracts due October 31, 2019. RiversEdge West invites you to share your work or session proposals with the riparian restoration community at the 18th Annual Riparian Restoration Conference (RRC)—one of the leading riparian restoration conferences in the West—to be held February 4-6, 2020 in Grand Junction, CO. View the call for abstracts flyer HERE.

Call for Session Proposals for After the Flames Conference & Workshop | Proposals due December 31st, 2019. Coalitions & Collaboratives, Inc. invites you to submit session proposals featuring actionable best practices for communities and agencies impacted by wildfire. The 2020 After the Flames will feature two tracks for 1) technical subject matter experts and 2) practicable solutions for community leaders. April 6th – 8th, 2020 in Granlibakken Tahoe, CA. View the call for proposals HERE.

The Dolores River Restoration Partnership released their 2018 Annual Report. The DRRP is a public-private collaboration of local, state, and federal agencies, universities, not-for-profit organizations, landowners, foundations, and citizen volunteers that share a common set of goals and principles for restoring the riparian habitat of the Dolores River.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board recently released the Analysis and Technical Update to the Colorado Water Plan (Technical Update), which includes state of the art approaches to analyzing state water needs and includes impacts from climate change. The C-9 Summit provided a forum for sharing Technical Update findings and highlighting key goals for the upcoming Basin Implementation Plans.

The Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District recently celebrated the opening of the James Broderick Hydropower Plant at the Pueblo Dam, which was completed in May. The Plant will use water from the Pueblo Reservoir to create energy for the City of Fountain and Fort Carson. Water flows used in the hydro-generation will be returned to the Arkansas River without any flow reduction, creating a long-term, renewable energy solution.

Colorado Water Trust is accepting photo entries for their 2019 photo contest. Click HERE to learn more and enter! Deadline to enter is October 31st, 2019.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions 7 and 8 announced the launch of the “See a Bloom, Give It Room” High School Video Challenge. The competition, supported by EPA’s Office of Research and Development, is calling for videos from high school students (grades 9-12) that promote public awareness of harmful algal blooms through creative filmmaking. Submissions are due January 3rd, 2019. For more information and how to submit click HERE.

A survey is being administered as part of a graduate capstone project within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. The results of this survey will be used to inform the development of new volunteer monitoring opportunities with the Big Thompson Watershed Coalition (BTWC), a nonprofit with the mission "to protect and restore the ecological health of the Big Thompson watershed for the use and enjoyment of our community today and for future generations. Click HERE to participate in the survey.

The September 2019 Drought Update, a summary of the drought information presented at the September 25th, 2019 Flood & Water Availability Task Force Meeting has been posted on the CWCB website.  All of the presentations from the meeting can also be found on the CWCB website.

Colorado River District named the special district of the year in September 2019. Read the full PDF HERE.

On September 9th, Governor Polis released his consistency review for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Uncompahgre Field Office (UFO) Resource Management Plan (RMP). The review firmly describes that the UFO RMP does not consider impacts to critical water resources, air quality, and methane emissions within the planning area that are important to Gov. Polis and the state of Colorado. Click HERE to read the full article and review.

Center for Health & Environmental Justice is exploring the possibility of working on a national campaign around water contamination. Several bills related to clean water have been introduced last year. These relate to testing school pipes, testing and repairing pipes within HUD housing, and testing and repairing older pipes in cities and towns that need new infrastructures. They are monitoring water related legislation that will be reintroduced this year. Please LET THEM KNOW whether or not there is a water related issue in your community, even if you are not working on it at this time.

Funding Opportunities Late October

Colorado Watershed Assembly announces a Request for Applications for the Colorado Healthy Rivers (HRF) Fund Grant Program. This fund grants money to on-the-ground projects that contribute to cleaner water, healthier wildlife habitat, improved recreation and vibrant local economies throughout our state. The HRF program targets two categories of grants: project grants and planning grants. Interested parties can find grant guidance information, the grant online submission form and learn more about the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund Grant Program by visiting the Colorado Watershed Assembly website HERE. The deadline to submit applications is November 8th, 2019. The Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund grant program was established jointly by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Water Quality Control Commission, in cooperation with the Colorado Watershed Assembly. For more information and for the full press release click HERE. Please visit the HRF webpage to apply!

The Innovative Finance for National Forests program is a new partnership that provides grants to engage private investment capital to support the health of the National Forest System and meet the mission of the USDA Forest Service. It is funded by and administered by the USDA Forest Service (USFS) National Partnership Office (NPO), the National Forest Foundation (NFF), and U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment). October 21st, 2019 is the Preproposal Deadline. Full information is available HERE.

The Colorado State Forest Service is now accepting applications for the Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation (FRWRM) grant program. Two types of applications exist for Fuels and Forest Health projects or Capacity Building projects. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the local CSFS field offices for assistance. The application deadline to local CSFS field offices is Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019. Find more information and apply HERE.

The 2020 Nonpoint Source Funding Cycle. This process begins with the development of a concept or idea focused on water quality problems or protection opportunities associated with nonpoint sources of pollution. This concept will be developed into a full proposal later in the process. For those project sponsors interested in receiving feedback on an NPS project idea, the NPS Program requests submittal of a concept paper. This is not a mandatory step in the funding process but we strongly suggest that you take advantage of this opportunity because it will help you develop a proposal that is better aligned with the Nonpoint Source Program's priorities and eligibility requirements to secure NPS funds. The concept paper submittal deadline is October 25th, 2019 and feedback on the ideas shared through concept papers will be provided on October 30th, 2019 during a telephone conference in the morning or afternoon (more details to follow). For guidance in developing your concept paper, please go HERE. Once you have developed the project concept paper, please submit it to:

The Bureau of Reclamation has released an Applied Science Grant funding opportunity for non-federal entities to cost-share on projects to develop hydrologic information and water management tools and improve modeling and forecasting capabilities. Applications are due on October 30th, 2019. For full information click HERE.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board offers Colorado Watershed Restoration Grants. Organizations interested in developing watershed/stream restoration and flood mitigation studies and projects can apply. Submit applications by November 1st, 2019. Find details HERE.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board Water Supply Reserve Fund (WSRF) Program provides grants and loans to assist Colorado water users in addressing their critical water supply issues and interests. Basin Account: Funds water activities from a basin roundtable. The CWCB evaluates applications for the Basin Account to ensure the Threshold Criteria are met. Due December 31st, 2019.

The Gates Family Foundation's Natural Resource initiative will partner strategically with groups to support land conservation, water resource protection and management, increased land trust capacity, citizen stewardship and ecosystem services demonstration opportunities. Please note that Gates initiative grant funding is not an opportunity for ongoing operating or program support, nor does the Foundation accept unsolicited proposals for funding in these areas. Deadline is December 31st, 2019. For more information to apply click HERE.

ESRI Nonprofit Organizations Program. The Environmental Systems Research Institute provides many resources and avenues for non-profit organizations interested in developing GIS capacity but who lack the funds to pay retail costs. Deadline to apply is December 31st, 2019. For more information click HERE.

2020 Nonpoint Source Funding Concept Paper. Every year the Water Quality Control Division, Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program sends out a request for applications for NPS funding. Prior to requesting applications, the NPS Program, in collaboration with its NPS Alliance partners, provides an opportunity for project sponsors to solicit feedback about NPS project concepts. The purpose of the feedback is to help project sponsors clearly define and develop their nonpoint source water quality problem or protection opportunity and receive technical advice about their project idea in advance of the application process. Click HERE for more information.

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) offers new opportunities for the NRCS, conservation partners, and agricultural producers to work together to harness innovation, expand the conservation mission, and demonstrate the value and efficacy of voluntary, private lands conservation. The next RCPP funding announcement is under development and will be posted later in 2019. More details about this fund can be found HERE.

Alliance for Community Trees Open Request for Projects. The Arbor Day Foundation is actively seeking proposals to fund planting projects around the country. Funding is limited to $15,000 per project, and budget information is required in the application. Applications should also focus on the issues the planting project will address, such as: urban heat island effect, natural disaster restoration, low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, water quality, air pollution, etc. No deadline, but earlier is better. More information on this funding opportunity can be found HERE.

Get Your 2019 Project Funded. Are you planning, designing, or implementing on-the-ground restoration projects that will restore river flows and/or recharge ground water? Would you like the opportunity to share your projects with businesses who may be interested in providing support for your projects? If the answer is “Yes!” be sure to check out the Business for Water Stewardship Project Bank, a new opportunity for paid members of River Network to use a national platform to attract funding.

US Department of Agriculture Rural Development Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program. This program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. Full details, including requirements and registration, can be found HERE. 

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Water Quality Planning Design and Engineering Grants. These grants provide money to small communities to help cover costs associated with the State Revolving Fund pre-application requirements. Grants require a 20 percent match from the applicant. Planning grant applicants must complete the prequalification form and attend a pre-application meeting. Design and engineering grant applicants will be considered by project needs assessment submissions by approved disadvantaged communities. For more information CLICK HERE.

Colorado's Water Plan Grant Opportunities: The purpose of the Water Plan Grant funding is to make progress on the critical actions identified in the Colorado’s Water Plan (CWP) and its Measurable Objectives. All applications will be assessed based on funds available for a particular CWP Measurable Objective category. The Board will select projects, programs and activities to fund from applications that have the best opportunity to make progress on the CWP’s Measurable Objectives or critical actions. The CWCB staff reserves the right to negotiate with successful applicants to modify the scope and budget of their project to better meet the CWP objectives in light of fund availability. CWCB staff will evaluate applications and recommend projects to the CWCB Board for final approval at its regularly scheduled Board meetings. Learn more HERE.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board Water Supply Reserve Fund (WSRF) Program provides grants and loans to assist Colorado water users in addressing their critical water supply issues and interests. The funds help eligible entities complete water activities, which may include competitive grants for: Technical assistance regarding permitting, feasibility studies and environmental compliance; Studies or analysis of structural, nonstructural consumptive and nonconsumptive water needs, projects or activities; and structural and nonstructural water projects or activities. For more information click HERE.

What type of Water Supply Reserve Fund Grants are available?

Basin Account: Funds water activities from a basin roundtable. The CWCB evaluates applications for the Basin Account to ensure the Threshold Criteria are met.

Statewide Account: Funds water activities from a basin roundtable on a competitive basis. The CWCB evaluates applications for the Statewide Account to ensure each application meets the Threshold Criteria in addition to being evaluated using the Evaluation Criteria.

Colorado Water Conservation Board Water Efficiency Grant Program. The Water Efficiency Grant Program provides financial assistance to communities, water providers, and eligible agencies for water conservation-related activities and projects. Eligible entities, as well as state and local governments and agencies, can receive funding to develop water conservation and drought plans, implement water conservation goals outlined in a water conservation plan and educate the public about water conservation.
Types of Water Efficiency Grants available - Click on programs below for more information about each and how to apply:

The Environmental Protection Agency Water Finance Clearinghouse has access to hundreds of water funding opportunities that can be found HERE.

Job Announcements Late October

Arapahoe County Government is currently looking to fill the position of Open Spaces Grants and Acquisitions Program Manager. Manages the Arapahoe County Open Spaces Grants and Acquisitions Program which includes supervision and direction of staff, acquiring land and conservation easements, and variety of complex professional duties related to outgoing grants and shareback to intergovernmental partners for Countywide open space, parks, and trails projects. Click HERE for more information. Application closes on October 18th, 2019.

Larimer County Natural Resources is pleased to announce a job opening for a Community Relations and Public Information Supervisor. Manages and provides the strategic direction for the Department marketing, public engagement, outreach and community relations programs as well as management of the volunteer and education programs. Performs professional and technical public outreach services related to all aspects of the Department. Serves as the media contact for the department and represents the department as spokesperson when appropriate. The closing date is October 21st, 2019. Click HERE for more information.

The Jefferson County Open Space (JCOS) Natural Resources team is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for a full-time Natural Resources Specialist to support our innovative invasive species management program. The ideal candidate will have prior invasive species management experience, a Qualified Supervisor pesticide applicator’s license, strong plant identification skills, a willingness to work as part of a team and to engage the public, and interest in supporting other types of vegetation management projects (e.g., forest management, habitat restoration, vegetation inventory/monitoring) as needed. Click HERE for the full announcement. The position closes on October 27th.

Colorado State University Extension Director/Agent job opening in Gilpin County, Colorado. The individual in this position represents both Gilpin County and Colorado State University throughout the community, builds relationships and support for Extension programming, and develops and delivers high quality programming that aligns with county and stakeholder interests. A completed master’s degree is required for this position. One degree must have been conferred in natural resources, horticulture, forestry, environmental sciences, agriculture, or a closely related field. Click HERE for more information. Apply before October 29th, 2019.

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) is excited to post a new career opportunity for a Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator! This position is responsible for engaging with the public to promote VOC's outdoor stewardship opportunities. This includes managing volunteer project rosters, assisting volunteers with questions via phone and email, and conducting data entry and ensuring data integrity. This is a position with the opportunity to learn about nonprofit volunteer engagement and management in a well-established charitable organization. Click HERE for more information. All applications are due by midnight on November 10th.

The Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) seeks to hire a full-time, salaried Program Manager to help coordinate RMFI’s trail and restoration projects and programs in Southern Colorado and the Pikes Peak Region. This position is one of two PM positions at RMFI; this position is responsible for overseeing a robust project docket while also managing and supervising a team of seasonal field staff (the other PM oversees a suite of projects while also managing the operations and logistics of the field-based programs and projects). For more information and how to apply click HERE.

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy is excited to share the following opportunity-Cartographer Technician. The Cartographer Technician will be a full-time, temporary employee. The selected candidate will serve for 6-months. Housing options are available. The position will be paid $25/hour. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to For more details click HERE.

Larimer County is pleased to announce a full time ranger job opening. This person plays a key role in providing customer service and natural resource management services to the citizens of Larimer County. This position is open until filled. Click HERE for more information.

Aurora Water is looking to hire a GIS Intern. Aurora Water is responsible for the operation and maintenance of drinking water, sewer and storm drainage systems, treatment and non-potable reclaimed wastewater for irrigation, and water conservation, acquisition and development. Primary responsibilities will include: Compile information for data requests, reports, summaries, etc, assist with updating utility extension agreement records and documentation, execute Map Requests, assist with field data collection, create new GIS data from plans, field information, research, or other various sources. No Closing Date. For more information contact Doug Rulison at and visit HERE.

ICON Engineering is one of Denver’s most reputable planning, design, and project management civil engineering firms. They are seeking an entry level water resource engineer. Among a few other tasks, this job will assist in the planning, design, and production of engineering documents for a variety of projects to include stormwater management, stream restoration, flood mitigation, drainage, parks and trails. For a detailed description and how to apply click HERE.

Farnsworth Group, Inc. is seeking a Professional Land Surveyor in Colorado Springs, CO. Qualified candidates will conduct and perform Boundary and Topographical Surveys, Construction Layouts, Subdivision Plats, Right of Way Plans and ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys. This position will include a combination of office and field work if needed and may require some travel. Please apply HERE.

Eagle River Watershed Council seeks a Development & Communications Coordinator in Gypsum, CO, to work collaboratively with staff and board to raise funds and community awareness for our mission-driven programs. This is a newly created position for our growing nonprofit. The ideal candidate will be able to persuasively communicate ERWC’s impact to a wide variety of audiences using various resources, including our website, social media, printed materials, grants, donor letters, ads, and more. The coordinator will guide, develop and implement a communications and fundraising strategy. The coordinator will report directly to the Executive Director and will work closely with the rest of the team. For more information click HERE.

Highlands Ranch Metro District is currently accepting applications for a Lead Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. The employee performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled tasks, which result in the efficient and effective operation of water and wastewater treatment facilities and systems. Supervises the operations staff to ensure compliance with State and Federal Regulations. Interfaces with other departments and sections to assure coordination of activities. Find out more details HERE.

Highlands Ranch Metro District is currently accepting applications for a Forestry Technician I position. Principal duties include; pruning large and small trees using rope and saddle/aerial lift truck; tree planting; integrated pest management; tree removal; hazard tree evaluations; maintaining tree inventories; supervision of temporary staff; snow removal; flexibility to assist other Park and Open Space crews as needed. Applicants must have the ability to work in a strong team environment. For more information and how to apply click HERE.

Highlands Ranch Metro District is currently accepting applications for an Irrigation Park Technician I, who will perform a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled tasks in the maintenance and operations of buildings, grounds, parks, open space, and forestry. Technician I is expected to have basic working knowledge, or exhibit appropriate development, of essential duties and responsibilities within six months of job attainment. Potential exists to work 4 day, 10 hour shifts. Find out more information HERE.

Leonard Rice Engineers, Inc. is currently seeking applicants for a Senior-Level Water Resources Engineer, specializing in Water Rights. The successful candidate will be responsible for completing tasks including water resources data collection, water use demand forecasting and planning, water rights analysis, and river basin modeling. For more information and how to apply click HERE.

Leonard Rice Engineers, Inc. is also seeking applicants for a Water Resources Permitting Senior Project Manager. If you thrive on understanding and implementing complex water-related projects, applying watershed science, navigating environmental regulations, and developing dynamic partnerships, this is the position for you! The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in watershed science, engineering, natural resources, or a similar field of study. A Bachelor’s degree is required. Highly-qualified candidates will have 10-15 or more years of experience. For more information, click HERE.

Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) is seeking an Executive Director. CUSP is a non-profit organization dedicated to the health of the Upper South Platte Watershed. The selected candidate will work with our current Executive Director for several years, to ultimately transition into Executive Director position. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Dedicated and passionate candidates are encouraged to apply HERE.

Conferences & Events Late October

OCTOBER 17th, 2019: Energy as a Locally Desirable Land Use. Wolf Law Building in Boulder, CO. 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Please join the 12th Annual Schultz Lecture in Energy featuring Professor Hannah Wiseman, Florida State University College of Law. For more information and registration, click HERE.

OCTOBER 19th, 2019: 6th Annual Alpine Bank River Clean Up with Middle Colorado Watershed Council. 9:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m. Show up at 9:30 a.m. at Silt Island Park in Silt to register. Spend the morning with the community cleaning up the Colorado River banks and performing erosion control by planting willows, and then have free lunch and (hopefully) win a raffle item! No pre-registration is required, just show up with some sunscreen, water bottle, and plate/utensils; gloves, trash bags, and willows will be provided. Click HERE for more details.

OCTOBER 21st, 2019: San Miguel Watershed Forum hosted by the San Miguel Watershed Coalition. 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Lone Cone Library in Norwood, CO.

OCTOBER 23rd & 24th, 2019: The 30th Annual South Platte Forum. The annual conference will be full of expert speakers, relevant exhibitions, and informative topics, all set in The Westin - Westminster. There will also be an off-site networking event for attendees on Wednesday, the 24th. To claim your spot, head HERE.

OCTOBER 26th, 2019: For the Love of the Forest Event Series. Big Thompson Watershed Coalition is hosting two tours of our Round Mountain Forest Health Demonstration Site and also two community planning and wildfire preparedness workshops in November and December. All of the events are meant to engage community members and interested parties on the topics of forest management, wildfire risk reduction, and how we can work together to build more forest and community resilience. For more information click HERE.

OCTOBER 29th, 2019: RiversEdge Lunch. Enjoy lunch from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. served by RiversEdge West staff and board members while you learn more about why and how RiversEdge West works to restore riverside habitat in the West. The cost is free and is open to the public. RSVP HERE.

OCTOBER 30th - NOVEMBER 2nd, 2019: OEN National Summit 2019. The theme this year is Allyship & a More Inclusive Outdoors. In addition to Full Summit tickets, Outdoors Empowered Network (OEN) is offering a limited number of one day tickets for sessions on Friday, November 1, inviting the Colorado outdoor recreation and education community to share and learn how we can -together- get more young people outdoors in culturally relevant ways, both near and far from home. For more information and to purchase one-day tickets click HERE.

OCTOBER 30th, 2019 from 8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.: 11th Annual Water Conservation Symposium hosted by Colorado WaterWise at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The event will cover water, climate, drought, and planning for the future. Session topics include will include; Water Budget panel, Land use program overview, Water management plan enforcement, ALCC’s sustainable landscape management initiative and more! Early bird registration ends September 21st. For more information and registration, click HERE.

NOVEMBER 1st, 2019: Southwestern Water Conservation District’s Annual Water Seminar. This year's event will be kicked off by SWCD’s new executive director, Frank Kugel, and include speakers such as KKTV meteorologist Brian Bledsoe, Colorado Water Conservation Board Director Becky Mitchell, and Colorado River District General Manager Andy Mueller. Watch your inbox for updates on speakers and the draft program. To RSVP click HERE.

NOVEMBER 6th, 2019: Cherry Creek Watershed 21st Annual Conference | Parker, CO. Presented by the Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners, the Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority (CCBWQA), & the Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority (SEMSWA). Celebrate active stewardship in the Cherry Creek watershed! This years topics include: a "Bubble Plume" model for the reservoir, Reuter-Hess reservoir update, Piney Creek stream reclamation efforts; 17-Mile Barn update, Denver Water's "One Water" collaboration with MHFD, the NRCS's Farm Bill Environmental Quality Initiative, and Celebrating Audubon. Early Bird registration ends October 25th. Register HERE.

NOVEMBER 10th, 2019: Wildlands Restoration Volunteers Dinner in Fort Collins. Gather to celebrate the community you have helped us build, and WRV's 20th birthday! Join us to dine with fellow land stewards, take a look back at the past twenty years, and enjoy the annual Awards ceremony! All are welcome, new and old friends alike. Please note that there will be a separate Appreciation Dinner in the Fort Collins area on November 16th. You may attend either (or both!) events to celebrate with our staff, volunteers, donors, and partners. For more information to the Fort Collins event click HERE. For more information to the Boulder event click HERE.

NOVEMBER 14th, 2019: RiversEdge Gives Day. This is RiversEdge West's fundraiser and kick-off the giving season with a wine tasting, food, and prize giveaways. Plus, receive 15% off wine purchases. The event is from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. For more information and to volunteer, click HERE.

DECEMBER 19th, 2019: Soil Revolution Conferences. This event is hosted by Boulder County Parks & Open Space, CSU Extension, the City of Boulder, USDA-NRCS, and the Boulder Valley and Longmont Conservation districts. Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are available. Topics will cover on-the-ground solutions from producers spanning a variety of climate and soil conditions across the county. For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

Trainings & Workshops Late October

Herman Gulch. Photo by Brianna Federico. Photo taken: 7/11/2019

Herman Gulch. Photo by Brianna Federico. Photo taken: 7/11/2019

OCTOBER 20th, 2019: Rain Barrel Workshop. From 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm join Headwaters Institute for a fun afternoon learning all about rainwater harvesting and how to install a rain barrel at your home. Afterward, enjoy the scenery (and beer, if over 21) at Odell Brewing Company while giving the rain barrel your own flair by decorating it before you take it home. Children can attend for free with a family member registered for the workshop. Registration includes: A rain barrel, hose bib, bulkhead, beer (if over 21) and everything you need to know to install the rain barrel! Contact Jessica Thrasher at if you have any questions. Register HERE.

OCTOBER 23rd, 2019: Monitoring for Stream Restoration and Green Infrastructure Practices Webcast by the Center for Watershed Protection. 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. After a practice is installed, monitoring of the practice is necessary to assess their effectiveness and evaluate their pollutant removal efficiencies. Specific numeric goals in TMDL's and other regulations mean that documenting real-world performance has taken on an important role in the daily functions of the stormwater and watershed professional. This webcast will look how some communities have responded to the increased need to document BMP performance and present case studies of monitoring design and results. Click HERE to register now! To see all the webcasts in the 2019 series, click HERE.

OCTOBER 25th, 2019: Incorporating Land Use Practices in Water Efficiency Plans Webinar 10:00 am- 11:00 am. This webinar will focus on opportunities, requirements and new guidance for incorporating land use practices into Water Efficiency Plans. Click HERE for more information and registration.

OCTOBER 28th, 2019: Water Law in a Nutshell. This seminar will cover all aspects of the law related to water rights and ditch rights as applied in Colorado. Subject matter includes the appropriation, perfection, use, limitations, attributes, abandonment and enforcement of various types of water rights. Additional subject matter will include special rules for groundwater, public rights in appropriated water, interstate compacts and more. Don’t miss this rare and unique opportunity with Aaron Clay in Durango! From his 26 years as a water referee at the Colorado Water Court, Clay brings his wealth of knowledge that earned him a reputation as one of the top experts in water law to this eight hour “Water in a Nutshell” course. Registration is $125. For more information, click HERE.

OCTOBER 24th-25th, 2019: Qualified MS4 Stormwater Compliance Professional (MS4-SCP) in Denver. Topics covered in this training include: review of MS4 permit requirements, best management practices (BMPs) for MS4s, compliance with six minimum control measures, identifying common illicit discharges to the MS4, construction inspection techniques for MS4 inspectors, green infrastructure and LID techniques, and stormwater permit compliance assistance. Click HERE for more information.

OCTOBER 30th, 2019: Groundwater springs: how to predict flows using geology maps with Chloé Fandel, PhD Candidate, University of Arizona. One-quarter of the world population relies on drinking water from karst aquifers which are vulnerable to contamination and difficult to manage. Chloe works on modeling karst aquifers to predict their response to human impacts. Free & open to the public. No registration necessary. Learn more HERE.

NOVEMBER 12th, 2019: Land Use in Water Efficiency Plans in Grand Junction, CO. 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Are you a water provider, a consultant, or someone in a position to write, guide, or approve Water Efficiency Plans? Water Education Colorado and the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy invite you to join us for a workshop. This free workshop will focus on opportunities, requirements, and new guidance for incorporating land use practices into Water Efficiency Plans. This workshop will be available at different locations throughout the state, each with a different speaker from a municipality and a special district. Register today – the workshop is FREE, but space is limited to 30 participants. Register HERE.  

Online Courses Available Through Colorado Rural Water Association. Industry studies have shown employee-training budgets for most water and wastewater utilities are tighter than ever. Web-based operator certification and license renewal training provides employers and their employees the flexibility of taking training courses at their own pace without the hassle and cost of attending live classes. Check them out HERE.