Announcements Early 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 October 31, 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 6 – 8, 2020 in Granlibakken Tahoe, CA. View the call for proposals HERE.

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.

This 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 Colorado School of Public Health will receive at least $1 million to begin studying the health effects that toxic “forever chemicals” have had on 1,300 children and adults living in Security, Widefield and Fountain. Click HERE to read the full article.

The Business for Water Stewardship Bank supports growing business interest in projects that restore river flows and recharge ground water, and expands funding opportunities for dues-paying River Network member organizations and their restoration projects. Get 20% off a membership HERE.

EPA has published its July 2019 Fish and Shellfish Program Newsletter.

The August 2019 Drought Update, a summary of the drought information presented at the August 27, 2019 Water Availability Task Force Meeting will be posted on the CWCB website.  All of the presentations from the meeting can also be found on the CWCB website.

Colorado’s water utilities, seeking environmental street cred and pushed by citizens, are slashing energy use and carbon emissions. Click HERE to read Water Education Colorado’s full article.

First-ever mandatory water cutbacks will kick in next year along the Colorado River. Click HERE for AZCentral’s full article.

Mountain Studies Institute released a detailed article on their water sampling in the Weminuche Wilderness. Read the full article HERE.

Colorado Water Conservation Board will hold upcoming workgroup meetings about a potential water-demand management effort in public. To read the full Aspen Times article, click HERE.

Denver Water is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a rare exemption to the Safe Drinking Water Act over how best to keep lead out of its customers’ tap water. For Water Education Colorado’s full article, click HERE.

An engineer and a new plan is allowing Aurora to buy reclaimed mine water. Click HERE for the Colorado Sun’s full article.

Ruedi Reservoir and other Colorado waterways are facing an increased threat of infestation by invasive mussels that could interfere with the function of dams and irrigation systems and harm native fish, according to state and local authorities. For the full Post Independent article, click HERE.

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.