Free Webinar: Navigating extreme drought in a Rocky Mountain resort community

  • Friday, May 15, 2015
  • webinar

 


Free Webinar: Friday, May 15, 11AM MDT

Dear climate, water and drought watchers/managers/planners/etc.

I encourage you to attend this special webinar hosted by the Colorado Climate Center and the National Integrated Drought Information System.

Navigating drought in recreation and tourism based communities is tough -- and a lot different than in agricultural areas.    In my estimation, Eagle River Water and Sanitation walked this communications tightrope skillfully and sensitively and we all might learn something from their experiences.  Please join us May 15th at 11AM MDT.   If you can't make it, we'll archive it for later viewing.

Sincerely,
Nolan Doesken
Colorado State University

When it comes to the economy of most ski resorts and recreation-based communities, drought is a bad or even a banned word. Diane Johnson, Communications and Public Affairs Manager for Eagle River Water and Sanitation District (which serves the Colorado mountain resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek as well as surrounding communities), and Nolan Doesken, State Climatologist for Colorado, will recount the drought of 2012. Diane will describe how, after a winter with one of the lowest snowpacks on record, her utility successfully met community needs for water that summer - with minimal economic impact. Proactive public outreach and community collaboration addressed regional issues to support local economic drivers while carefully managing summer water supplies for homes, hotels, golf courses, businesses, landscaped areas, fire protection, and river recreation. Diane will recall the sequence of decisions made and the public information strategies -- including effective interpretation of climate data -- that made it work.

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