Announcements Late August

On Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018 there will be an Open Tent Meeting (facilitated listening session) from 9:00 am to 11:30 am in Vail at the Hotel Talisa. The invitation is to all Colorado entities working on watershed protection, forest health, and wildfire issues. Forest wildfires pose a continuing threat to Colorado's environment, economy, and water supply. The time has come to take a very serious look at current forest management practices and work to expand programs for watershed protection/forest health. Five entities with considerable advocacy experience are exploring the creation of an alliance to increase the level of advocacy for watershed protection and forest health. They are: Club 20, Colorado Ag Water Alliance, Colorado Water Congress, Colorado Timber Industry Association and The Nature Conservancy. They are at the conceptual stage and have not yet finalized a mission statement or work plan and seek your input as to how they might act to reinforce your mission. Your involvement is critical as they develop a detailed work plan for presentation by mid-October. If created, the alliance would not act as an umbrella group representing, controlling, or coordinating the work of local watershed entities. Further details will be announced soon. If you need immediate information, please contact Doug Kemper at

The next Water Availability Task Force meeting will be on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 from 9:30a-11:15am at the Colorado Parks & Wildlife Headquarters, 6060 Broadway, Denver in the Osprey Room. An agenda will be posted at the CWCB website. In the event you are unable to attend the meeting in person, please email Ben Wade at for call in & web conference information by COB on August 21.

Metropolitan State University of Denver is offering a new Water Studies Online Certificate, mainly in response to the reality of declining water resources. From lifelong learners who want to know more about water preservation to those working in green and sustainable professions, this unique certificate provides introductory level training and skills relevant to a wide range of fields in the nonprofit, corporate, and public sectors, including water industries, conservation, agriculture, construction, engineering, and law. For more information, click HERECourses open September 4th. 

LAST CALL: Submit your abstracts to the Colorado WaterWise Annual Symposium! For the second year in a row, we will have a Pecha Kucha session - the art of short presentations. If you are interested in doing a 5 minute presentation to highlight a project, research or your wild ideas related to water efficiency in the Pecha Kucha style please complete this form. If you are chosen as a Pecha Kucha presenter, you will receive half off your registration. Submission deadline is September 8th! Draft Agenda for the Symposium is available here.  Check back here for updates.

The Arkansas Basin Roundtable has a vacancy for a voting member:  At-Large Environmental Representative. Candidates must be nominated by an organization rather than by self-nomination.  Please send a letter with name, contact information, and a brief description of your nominee that includes their qualifications and why you think they would be a good fit for this position.  A longer letter is acceptable, but please include a one-paragraph description that can be used prior to the voting process. Nominations will be accepted through September 15th, and the new representative will be selected at the October roundtable meeting. More details can be found at

MEETING NOTICE: Colorado Water Quality Forum 10-year water quality roadmap Workgroup involvement opportunity. The mission of the workgroup is to achieve solutions to Colorado water quality issues through communication and understanding, balancing use, and protection of the resource. Water Quality Members and Participants: The 10-year water quality roadmap is their plan to develop or revise water quality standards from 2017 to 2027. They'll hold quarterly workgroup meetings to discuss progress and encourage participation. Learn more about all the topics involved on the roadmap webpage, ROAD WEBPAGE.

  • Meeting 1: Completed
  • Meeting two: Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018 (1-4 p.m.)
  • Meeting three: Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 (1-4 p.m.)
  • Meeting four: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 (1-4 p.m.)

Anyone can participate! If you would like to receive future emails about the workgroup, use this online sign-up form to join the mailing list so they can stay in touch.