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  • Monday, September 12, 2016 4:23 PM | Laura Wing (Administrator)

    The Colorado Stormwater Council (CSC) contracted to develop bus ads which focused on nutrient pollution and complement the Live Like You Love It (LLYLI) campaign led by Colorado WaterWise (CWW).  CSC is comprised of the majority of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit holders in Colorado.  CWW serves as the collaborative leader in the efficient use of urban water in Colorado.  The water messaging collaboration was the first of its kind in Colorado and will connect millions of Coloradans to their water.

    The ads were placed by:

    Regional Transportation District (RTD) 

    RTD’s geographic area covers 8 counties (40 municipalities in 6 counties plus 2 city/county jurisdictions): Boulder; Broomfield; Denver; Jefferson; Adams; Arapahoe; Douglas; Weld. 

    • o  Ads were placed in bus interiors (850 buses), transflux signs were placed on all light rail trains (172), the Free MallRide shuttles (36) and the Free MetroRide buses (13). 

    The 2015 ridership numbers (the latest data available) was:

    • ·     Average weekday boardings: 339,300 (system wide)
    • ·     Annual boardings: 103,377,797 (system wide)

    Grand Valley Transit (GVT)

    GVT’s geographic area covers the areas surrounding the City of Fruita, Town of Palisade and Downtown Grand Junction.

    • o  Ads were placed in bus interiors (27) buses. 

    The 2016 ridership numbers are:

    • ·     Average weekday boardings: 2,700 (system wide)
    • ·     Annual boardings: 831,435 (system wide)

  • Thursday, August 11, 2016 4:28 PM | Laura Wing (Administrator)


    Breaking Down Silos: Integrating Water into Land Use Planning

    Webinar Series
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm MT

    Learn More About

    • ·  How to coordinate multi-departmental efforts in long-range land use and water supply planning
    • ·  How to address challenges faced by municipalities that have numerous water providers that aren’t municipally operated
    • ·  What types of water conservation goals, objectives, strategies, and implementation techniques decision-makers may want to include in their comprehensive plans
    • ·  How to integrate water conservation techniques, such as land use patterns, landscape requirements, tap fees, and water conservation incentives into zoning
    • ·  How greater land use control does not necessarily mean the dilution of property rights or reduction of the overall density of the community; and
    • ·  Case Studies from various Colorado communities

    Speakers Include:  Kevin Reidy, State Water Conservation Technical Specialist; Don Elliott, FAICP, Clarion Associates; Drew Beckwith, Water Policy Manager, Western Resource Advocates; John Nolon, Land Use Law Center; Mac Cummins, Planning Manager, City of Westminster


    Register for one or all three webinars. For more information about the webinar or to register, please click here.

    This webinar series is targeted to Colorado local government planners and water providers.

  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 3:57 PM | Diana Denwood (Administrator)

    We need your help.

    Colorado WaterWise members Western Resource Advocates and Brendle Group are conducting research, sponsored by the Water Research Foundation, that aims to improve collaboration between the water and land use sectors. By better understanding the current state of collaboration, identifying barriers, and prioritizing appropriate solutions, the research team seeks to produce recommendations, tools, and case studies that can be effectively used by all stakeholders that work at the intersection of water resources and land use.

    In partnership with a similar research effort being conducted by the University of Arizona (funded by the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation), a survey is now underway to gather input form stakeholders engaged in the water and land use planning processes. The survey should take about 20-30 minutes to complete (you may save and continue at any time). All answers will be strictly confidential.

    We appreciate and value your opinions. If you have a role or stake in the management of local water supply, wastewater, or stormwater issues or services such as a utility professional, urban planner, consultant, stakeholder, or elected/appointed official, please take a few minutes to help advance the science of integrating water and land use planning – you may be a direct beneficiary of our teams’ findings! We want as many responses as possible in addition to yours, so please forward this posting and survey invitation to others within your organization. The survey will be open until August 5, 2016. On completion of the survey you will be entered into a prize drawing to win an iPad Mini.*

    Take the Survey

    The research team plans to publish complete results of our efforts in 2017.
  • Tuesday, July 19, 2016 10:00 AM | Diana Denwood (Administrator)

    Would you like the tools to offer Project WET educator workshops for water educators in your community? The Project WET curriculum is one of the most widely used K-12 water education tools in the country. This two-day workshop will give you the tools and training to host and facilitate your own Project WET workshops in your community for local teachers, environmental educators, watershed educators, water festival volunteers, youth organizations, and others.

    The first day will be spent becoming familiar with Project WET 2.0 curriculum activities and will include a field trip to a riparian park along the Crystal River. Day two will include training on how to conduct a workshop, access resources, and market your workshops.

    Participants will be required to prepare and facilitate one Project WET activity during the workshop.

    Register here.

  • Tuesday, July 12, 2016 1:00 PM | Diana Denwood (Administrator)
    Have you attended a Project WET facilitator workshop in the past? Have you previously facilitated educator Project WET workshops? We need you to keep excellent water education happening across Colorado! We would like to offer you a webinar to update you on the new exciting Project WET available resources as well as invite you to work with the Water Educator Network to order books for your upcoming educator workshops.

    This two hour webinar will introduce you to the new resources, share the system for ordering books, and offer tools for marketing your upcoming educator/teacher workshops.

    A copy of your previous facilitator workshop certificate is necessary (please scan and email to sarah@yourwatercolorado.org before registering). 

    Register here.

  • Tuesday, June 07, 2016 9:00 AM | Diana Denwood (Administrator)

    On June 7 and 8, CFWE is offering half-day bike tours. Pedal through the Bear Creek watershed, southwest of Denver, to discover how groups are reclaiming and protecting urban waterways. We'll see first-hand water quality improvement projects, recreation along the creek, long-term watershed planning and community education and stewardship. Registration is free but required. Find the draft itinerary, times and registration for both tour dates here

  • Friday, April 22, 2016 9:48 AM | Diana Denwood (Administrator)

    The Irrigation Association announced yesterday that it is launching a quarterly magazine in July. Irrigation Today will be a print publication which will be distributed to members and qualified nonmembers. Content will include sustainable water resources, smart technologies, extension agents, growers and commercial end users. 

    For more information, contact Communications Manager Maureen Acquino at maureenacquino@irrigation.org or 703-536-7080

  • Thursday, April 21, 2016 2:08 PM | Frank Kinder

    Colorado's premier green building event is next month! Water, energy, air, land and sustainability are part of LEED. Come learn the latest in products that contribute to health, profitability, and conservation April 21, 22 in Denver.  Collaborate and learn with industry leaders and ...

  • Friday, April 08, 2016 11:40 AM | Laura Wing (Administrator)






    Coming April 13 to Colorado Mesa University...

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    Documentary Film Screening, Reception and Discussion

    APRIL 13, 2016
    Reception 6:30pm
    Film Screening 7:30pm
    Discussion 8:30pm
    University Center, CMU (

    RSVP for this free event to get a complimentary beverage.

    Thanks to Palisade Brewing and Chevron for sponsoring this event!

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    Email: hholm@coloradomesa.edu Phone:970-248-1968

  • Monday, March 07, 2016 4:32 PM | Laura Wing (Administrator)

    A Landscape Irrigation Auditor class is being offered on March 22-23 in Westminster, CO. The class is taught by Brent Mecham of the Irrigation Association. An optional Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA) exam is offered on March 24. Hurry, registration for the exam ends on 3/10!

    Download the registration form to sign up today. 

    Thanks to the City of Westminster, DBC Irrigation Supply and the Irrigation Association for offering the CLIA class and exam.

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