Conferences and Events Early November

Sand Lake Pier. The Fishing Is Fun program, working with the City of Salida, supported a new, safer trail along Mesa Lane, taking anglers walking or biking to Sand Lake out of harm's way. The trail also connects with the Salida Trail System, improving and expanding access to Sand Lake from the city. Division of Wildlife. Photo taken 11/26/2004.

Sand Lake Pier. The Fishing Is Fun program, working with the City of Salida, supported a new, safer trail along Mesa Lane, taking anglers walking or biking to Sand Lake out of harm's way. The trail also connects with the Salida Trail System, improving and expanding access to Sand Lake from the city. Division of Wildlife. Photo taken 11/26/2004.

SPREE Holiday Camps 2017-2018

SPREE will be hosting several day camps during the 2017- 2018 academic calendar on days that Denver Public Schools are closed.These unique and educational programs are for children who are in kindergarten (must be at least 6 years old) through 5th grade. All holiday camps will be held at Johnson Habitat Park, 610 S. Jason St. Denver CO, 80223; from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm. Cost for this program is $50/child/day.

November 3, 2017: Geology Rocks!
What is the rock cycle? What types of rocks are found in Colorado? Become a geologist with SPREE and find out!

November 20-21, 2017: Time Travelers
Hop into your time machine and join SPREE to learn all about the Native Americans and Pioneers who lived along the South Platte River. 

January 15, 2018: Something Fishy!
oin SPREE as we learn about the fish in the South Platte River and the many amazing adaptations they have.

February 2, 2018: Raptors of the River
Investigate the birds of prey that live along the South Platte River.

To view specific dates/themes and to register, please visit the SPREE website!

NOVEMBER 1st, 2017: Save the Date - Cherry Creek Watershed Annual Conference presented by the Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners, the Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority (CCBWQA), & the Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority (SEMSWA). Join them as they celebrate active stewardship in the Cherry Creek watershed! The focus for the conference is providing an update on ‘what’s happening’ in the basin. This year they are going to highlight watershed monitoring to illustrate how dynamic technical advances, successful regional planning, and stewardship engagement can benefit from raising awareness through data collection & analysis. Monitoring takes various forms and can be instrumental in supporting the positive environmental actions we see in our watershed today. For more information visit

NOVEMBER 1st, 2017: Join the Big Thompson Watershed Forum for its 15th Biennial Watershed Conference. They will welcome 14 speakers who will present on topics ranging from abandoned mines in the Big Thompson Watershed, to status updates on Highway 34 construction. The deadline to register is October 17th. This year's conference will feature the following five sessions: From Source to Treatment: Public Perception of Water Quality, Abandoned Mines: A Watershed at Risk?, Highway 34: Protecting a River Ecosystem, Ripple Effects of the 2016 Fish Kill Event and Wildfires and Watersheds: Lessons Learned. Go to their website to register for this conference. 

NOVEMBER 1st-2nd, 2017: The 2017 Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum in Grand Junction, CO will showcase stories that illuminate the challenges and complexities involved in trying to understand Upper Colorado River Basin water issues and manage water in new ways. Topics include: Snow Science, Bridging Science & Decision Making, Vulnerabilities to Climate Change, Vegetation Interactions with Water Supply, Multi-benefit Infrastructure Upgrades, Community Connections to Riverfront, State of the Colorado River (interstate panel), Drought Contingency Planning across the Basin, Innovations in Agricultural Water Use, Recreation & Water Policy, Meeting Diverse Needs on Shared Streams Registration is free for CMU faculty, staff and students, as well as K-12 teachers. Note: Rates increase by $50 after October 15! Find the draft of the program HERE. For more information and to register, click HERE.

NOVEMBER 2nd, 2017: The next CREEC (The Consortium for Research and Education on Emerging Contaminants) meeting will be on Thursday, November 2 starting at 2 pm at the National Water Quality Laboratory on the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood, CO. Speakers will include: Bill Battaglin giving a presentation titled "How do anthropogenic bioactive chemicals in the Illinois Waterway impact the Big-headed carp population migration front, or are ABCs a migration deterrent?" and Ed Furlong giving a presentation titled "Contaminants of Emerging Concern in the United States: Landfill leachate and stormwater runoff as environmental inputs." Please RSVP to Bill ( if you plan on attending.

NOVEMBER 6th-9th, 2017: After 26 years, Colorado welcomes North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) back to the headwaters state. Colorado is home to thousands of both natural alpine lakes and reservoirs. We are proud of our mountains and appreciate the importance of our lakes and reservoirs. In Colorado, water is used for fishing, drinking, farming, rafting, camping, mining, ranching, boating, brewing, and much more. These uses are supported with a statewide annual average rainfall of just 17 inches. The lakes and reservoirs throughout the West and the Rockies provide the resources to meet these diverse needs. Finding balance in how we manage them is important. Finding Balance is the key to managing our lakes, watersheds, and even day-to-day relationships with people. Come to NALMS 2017 in Colorado to hear fascinating lake talks, see the mountains, and network. Click HERE to register.

NOVEMBER 9th, 2017: Join host Down River Equipment Company for RIVER RUNNING HISTORY, presented by Sara Porterfield. We'll trace river running's history in the Colorado River Basin and how it spread from the American West to rivers around the world. We'll also screen Inside the Indus, a film about the November 2016 attempt to run the Indus River's notorious Rondu Gorge. For more information, click HERE. Register HERE.

NOVEMBER 14th, 2017: Join the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed for a panel discussion on Wildfires in the West from 5:30-7pm at Avogadro's Number in Fort Collins. Hear from experts about how wildfire patterns are changing and what we can do to address the issues. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5pm. Panel speakers include Michael Kodas, award winning photo-journalist & writer, and author of "Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame;" Dr. Tony Cheng, Professor and Director of the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University; and Bryan Karchut, Fire and Aviation Staff Officer for the Arapaho Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grasslands. More information found HERE.

NOVEMBER 15th, 2017: Notification of Public Meeting: Denver Water’s Draft Proposal for Adding New Uses to Reclaimed Water Control Regulation 84. Fourth Stakeholder Meeting: Denver Water’s Draft Proposal for Adding New Uses to Reclaimed Water Control Regulation 84.

Where:      Laboratory Services Division,
                  Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Address:   8100 Lowry Blvd. 
                  Denver, CO 80230
Room:       Laboratory Services Training Room
When:       November 15, 2017 (12:30 - 3:30 p.m.)
Call-in:      1-857-216-6700  (passcode 543213)
Weblink:   Adobe Connect Please enable Adobe Flash in your browser settings. We encourage you to use the online audio/visual option so you can follow along with the presentation.
RSVP:        Please RSVP HERE if you are planning to attend in person, by phone or via the web.

NOVEMBER 15th, 2017: Center for Watershed Protection webcasts will feature 4 of the nation's leading stream restoration experts who will address a series of questions about the state of the art of stream restoration and where they see its future direction. The webcast will follow a similar format to the recently published Watershed Science Bulletin article "Ask the Experts: Perspectives on the primary drivers of stream restoration, design approaches and techniques and restoration potential." For more information and to register, click HERE.

NOVEMBER 29th- 30th, 2017: Attend the Southern Rockies Seed Network 2017 Conference, Ecotypes: Science, Practice, & Policy at The Fort Collins Innosphere, 320 East Vine Drive, Fort Collins CO. More information to come. More information is found HERE.

NOVEMBER 30th, 2017: COLORADO GROUNDWATER ISSUES Denver, CO. A 1-day conference for state legislators, local government officials, water managers, regulators, environmental organizations, agriculture, industry and water utility end users and their scientific, engineering and legal advisors. Presentations Include: Ogallalawater.Org: Cross State Collaboration to Optimize Water Use, Sustaining Rural Communities; The Legal Landscape in Colorado as it Relates to Managing the Declining Ogallala Aquifer; Managing Risk at LNAPL Sites - Downstream Petroleum Product Contamination in Colorado; Why New ASR Rules are Needed and the Challenges in Developing the New Rules; Groundwater Management Modeling for Recharge Projects in Colorado. As in the conferences of previous years, there is an invited panel of State legislators participating in the program to discuss Colorado’s water policy priorities. The program has become established as a great annual information-exchange and networking opportunity for water-users, providers, managers, scientists, engineers, attorneys, regulators and city, county and state elected representatives. A "must attend" program for all professionals involved with Colorado's groundwater and Water Resources Management. If your business is dependent on an assured water supply - then you need to attend! More information and registration found HERE.

DECEMBER 5, 2017: The Colorado Ag Water Alliance Summit will be in Loveland at The Ranch – Larimer County Fairgrounds – and brings together agricultural leaders from across the state, water professionals, elected officials, and decision makers to discuss agricultural water issues.  With this event comes the desire to continue the discussion of pertinent water issues, but also want to make this event an opportunity to tell the story of “Water and Agriculture” for people unfamiliar with the role of agriculture in Colorado. More information can be found HERE, or to directly register, click HERE.

MARCH 2nd - 3rd, 2017: 2018 Advancing Environmental Education Conference, "emPowered by Nature", Auraria Campus,Denver, CO. Colorado’s Advancing Environmental Education Conference is annually hosted by the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE), a statewide leader in environmental education since 1989. CAEE facilitates communication, coordination, resource sharing and professional development to advance environmental education among over 850 members across the state among various sectors.  Information about the Conference Event.

APRIL 18, 2018: The Center for Watershed Protection is hosting the 2018 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference, which is designed for water management from all sectors, practitioners, regulators, and water and sewer authorities, and will present case studies and best practices as well as address cross cutting issues and emerging trends. This will take place online and at remote hub locations. Registration begins soon. Questions can be answered by emailing:, or calling 410-461-8323. For more on the Center for Watershed Protection, click HERE.