Conferences & Events Early October

OCTOBER 2nd, 2019: History, Culture and Poetry of Colorado Water | 7:00 p.m. Alamosa, CO. The community is invited to explore Colorado’s rich water heritage in an evening with Greg Hobbs, former Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. The event is free and open to the public. The Adams State University Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center is hosting the presentation as part of its new Water Education Initiative. They aim to bring relevant and useful information to Adams State’s students and faculty and the local community about critical issues related to water in the San Luis Valley, its past and current management, and community-based approaches to sustainable water use for the future. For more information read the press release HERE.

OCTOBER 4th-6th, 2019: Backpacking & Transplanting. Join NMHU Students and volunteers on a 20 mile hike to transplant willows in riparian zones in the Porvenir Creek Trailhead. Please bring your own phone and items you will need to camp. For more information and to sign up, contact Richard Pratt via phone at 435.669.4052 or email at

OCTOBER 5th, 2019: 50/50 On The Water Film Tour at Headwaters Center. Join them in inspiring, empowering, and celebrating women in the sport of fly fishing through a family-friendly night of film and fellowship. You’ll leave the event energized by the 90+ minutes of storytelling. All ages welcome | Ticket required | Cash bar available. Popcorn and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. Come and be inspired to get out on the water! For more information click HERE.

OCTOBER 5th, 2019: 2019 Purgatoire River Fall Cleanup Day. Learn about your river, walk the River Walk trail, and help make the river clean in healthy in Trinidad, CO. All ages are welcome, free lunch will be provided, and educational speakers will be present! For more information and to RSVP click HERE.

OCTOBER 8th, 2019: Stakeholder Convening. This is an opportunity for partners and friends to get together and network, learn, and co-create collaborative projects. This gathering hosted by the University of Denver will focus on: Offering an Equity in Action training, setting a precedent for future meetings and workshop offerings for the purpose of building shared understanding and capacity around Metro DNA's Equity Principles & Commitments. Celebrating progress and working on the Regional Conservation Assessment, a collaborative project that will form the ecological backbone of the Regional Vision for People + Nature. For full agenda and RSPV click HERE.

OCTOBER 8th - 10th, 2019: 2019 Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference "The Human Element" at the Westin Riverfront Resort, Avon, CO. The 2019 conference will explore the influence of The Human Element on water and watersheds in Colorado and the West. Our growing human presence and resulting impacts on watersheds is undeniable. At the same time, our human experiences and social/emotional connections to watersheds are integral components to be considered in the work to preserve, protect and restore our watersheds. Together we will delve into our impacts and connections. We will look for ways our influence can be fostered and mitigated to avoid loving our home to death. For more information visit our SCW CONFERENCE webpage.

OCTOBER 10th, 2019: Poudre Pub Talks: Paying the River Back. For this Pub Talk at Odell Brewing, Kate Ryan from the Colorado Water Trust will be discussing how Poudre water users are collaborating to improve stream flow from Fort Collins to Greeley through the Cache la Poudre River In-stream Flow Augmentation Plan. This on-going project stems from a group of Cache la Poudre River water users in conjunction with the Poudre Runs Through It working group, various state agencies, and the Colorado Water Trust. These organizations are investigating strategies to build a market for adding water to the Cache la Poudre River to sustain flows and improve habitat. For more information and to RSVP click HERE.

OCTOBER 17th, 2019: Energy as a Locally Desirable Land Use. 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 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 30th- NOVEMBER 2nd, 2019: 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: SWCD'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.