What: Open Tent Meeting When: Wednesday, August 22 from 9:00am to 11:30am Where: Vail at the Hotel Talisa Cost: Free!
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. The need is urgent. The longer we remain in the status quo, the greater the risk.
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:
Colorado Ag Water Alliance
Colorado Water Congress
Colorado Timber Industry Association
The Nature Conservancy
Why: we believe it is important to accelerate the pace and expand the scale of forest management and restoration. if created, the new alliance would work to:
Increase federal, state, local, and private funding sources for forest watershed management
Craft policy and legislative reforms to promote improvements for forest restoration activities
Advance monitoring and research to improve the state of scientific knowledge about forest health.
Many entities are either directly working in the forest on watershed/wildfire issues or advocating for the same. Our intent is to add leverage to these entities and not to compete with them. We plan to collaboratively work with existing entities including:
Coalitions and Collaboratives, Inc.
Colorado Forest Health Advisory Council
Colorado State Forest Service
Colorado Watershed Assembly
Forests to Faucets
U.S. Forest Service
Watershed Wildfire Protection Group
How: We are at the conceptual stage and have not yet finalized a mission statement or work plan. We believe a small core group representing a diverse range of interests will be nimble, efficient and effective. We seek your input as to how we might act to reinforce your mission. A facilitated listening session will be held in August. Your involvement is critical as we 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 CWC Summer Conference
The Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference and Membership Meeting takes place annually, in August, for two and a half days at a Colorado resort location.
The 2018 summer conference will be in Vail at the Hotel Talisa, starting Wednesday August 22 thru Friday August 24. Registration is open.
Hotel reservations for the Hotel Talisa can be made by calling 800-420-2424 or online by clicking on this link: Colorado Water Congress Rooms. Please refer to the CWC 2018 Summer Conference to get the CWC rate.
Water Transfer Rule, Waters of the U.S., and the Maui Case Webinar
The Kansas Water Congress and the Colorado Water Congress will host their first ever joint webinar!
Join us on for an interactive webinar, and learn the latest on the Water Transfer Rule, the Waters of the U.S., and the Maui Case. Our speakers will discuss the ins and outs of these issues, and then compare and contrast the impact they would have on Colorado and Kansas. How will the latest changes affect us? How is each state handling these changes? What more can be done?
WHEN: Thursday, July 12 at 12pm MT SPEAKERS:
David Brenn, Kansas Water Congress
Doug Kemper, Colorado Water Congress
Peter Nichols, Berg, Hill, Greenleaf, Ruscitti
Mark Pifher, Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District
Tracy Streeter, Kansas Water Office
HOW TO JOIN: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/296242857 Or Telephone: US: +1 929 436 2866 or +1 669 900 6833 Meeting ID: 296 242 857
Anderson Farm Tour
On July 19th, Anderson Farms near Erie will host a half-day tour of their farm starting at 9am. This FREE tour will highlight the irrigation methods used for a variety of crops, showcasing both traditional and new irrigation techniques.
Click on the link below for more information and to register for the tour.