Announcements for Late September

Hanging Lake taken during the height of spring runoff season.

Hanging Lake taken during the height of spring runoff season.

A status report on the Cucharas Collaborative Storage Study will be the topic at the next public meeting set for September 22nd, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the Walsenburg, Colorado library. This public meeting is a venue for discussion regarding the study approach, findings, and information considered as part of the study. If you want to be included on the general distribution list for information related to this study, please forward that request to Carol Dunn at


On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) will hold a public Administrative Action Hearing beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the CDPHE Florence Sabin Conference Room at 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246-1530. This hearing is to consider approval of the Water Quality Control Division’s proposed FY 2017 Intended Use Plans for the Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (WPCRF) and the Drinking Water Revolving Fund (DWRF). The proposed intended use plans for FY 2017 funding are available on the commission’s website at: Questions regarding the Intended Use Plans and/or the Project Eligibility lists should be directed to Erick Worker by email at or by phone at (303) 692-3594; or Brad Monson by email at or by phone at (303) 692-2286.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board, Department of Natural Resources next Water Availability Task Force meeting will be held on Friday, September 16, 2016 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am at the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Headquarters, 6060 Broadway, Denver in the Red Fox Room. An agenda will be posted at the CWCB website. 

Mark your calendar for the 2017 National Watershed & Stormwater Conference on Tuesday, April 4, 2017. The conference is designed to allow both in-person discussion at multiple locations and online attendance.  Participants can learn about local and national stormwater and watershed issues while networking at their preferred attendance location. Major conference topics include: IDDE, Public Education, National Certification, Monitoring, and Stream Restoration. Learn about exciting research, case studies, innovative technology, and special regional considerations from experts around the country. Registration will open soon. Stay tuned for more information on registration and sponsorship! For more information visit

The Colorado Wildland Fire Conference is accepting presentation proposals. The conference will be held April 19 – 21, 2017 at the Pueblo Convention Center in Pueblo, CO. This conference will provide an atmosphere for professionals and landowners to have solutions-oriented discussions about creating communities in Colorado that are adapted to wildfire. This year’s conference will expand on the Fire Adapted Communities concept, providing the framework for moving from awareness to action, messaging to mitigation, and words to work. This is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise about reducing communities’ vulnerability to wildfire. The conference planning committee is looking for presentations that focus on innovative research influencing policy changes; case studies of overcoming barriers to planning and implementation; and success stories of on the ground actions to create Fire Adapted Communities. Submit your presentation proposals online HEREPresentation proposals are due Friday, November 18, 2016 by 11:59 p.m.

National, farmer-led movement for soil health receives $4 million boost. A revolutionary effort to support on-farm conservation has added a new partner representing major agricultural companies, food companies and environmental groups. The new collaboration will accelerate the Soil Health Partnership's leadership in helping farmers adopt practices that protect natural resources while potentially increasing profits. At the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, industry-leading companies and environmental organizations announced the launch of the Midwest Row Crop Collaborative. Its goal is to support, enhance and accelerate the use of environmentally preferable agricultural practices. Read more HERE.