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  • Thursday, August 03, 2017 11:12 AM | Melissa Brasfield (Administrator)

    Schools are important urban water user and present great opportunities to engage children in learning about water. To hear how some of that happens, don’t miss this year’s Green Schools Summit on November 2nd and 3rd ! The Green Schools Summit is Colorado's only conference dedicated to convening green building industry professionals, school decision makers, educators and parents to further advance healthy, safe and sustainable schools statewide. The annual education and networking event, hosted by USGBC Colorado and organized in partnership with volunteers from the Green Schools Initiative, provides a unique opportunity to discuss how we can to create better learning environments for students. This year's Summit theme is "Making Green Schools Add Up" and programming will focus on resource efficiency in schools. Early bird pricing ends September 22nd . Register here:

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017 11:37 PM | Melissa Brasfield (Administrator)

    The City of Fort Collins is exploring a commercial facility water efficiency training. While we currently have a commercial audit program, our auditors have backgrounds in energy as opposed to water. We are hoping with some additional training we will become more proficient in identifying and creating water savings at commercial sites!

     The two to three day training would be provided by Michelle Maddaus from Maddaus Water Management in late fall. Michelle is an experienced P.E. who specializes in commercial water audit training and has performed various trainings for energy and water providers across the country.  The training would consist of up to three days of hands-on experience at commercial sites in Fort Collins, Colorado. The instruction time would be a combination of presentations and 3-5 interactive water customer site visits. Participants would receive auditor training of CII facilities, associated training materials, and field experience.

    We are interested in opening this opportunity up to others in the community, however due to limited space we want to gauge interest. We would appreciate if you could take a few minutes to fill out the form below or pass along to others who may be interested: COMMERICAL FACILITY WATER EFFIICINCY TRAINING FEEDBACK FORM.

    If you have any additional questions email Abbye Neel at

  • Friday, May 26, 2017 12:50 PM | Laura Wing (Administrator)

    Colorado Water – Live Like You Love It

    Wholesale Shopping Cart

    Colorado WaterWise has partnered with Zamar Screen Printing to offer low-cost bulk purchases of Live Like You Love It branded items for our members. Purchase t-shirts, stickers, totes, water bottles and much more for your events! All items can be co-branded with your organization's logo.

    Members, log in and click HERE to browse and order.

  • Tuesday, May 09, 2017 10:27 AM | Melissa Brasfield (Administrator)

    The South Platte Enhancement Board (SPEB) is accepting grant applications for projects and initiatives that protect or enhance natural resource and cultural/historical values along sections of the South Platte River and its North Fork. Grants can range up to $40,000 per project.

    Grant Applications are due by June 14th at 5:00pm.

    Additional Information can be found HERE and HERE

  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017 12:00 PM | Diana Denwood (Administrator)

    In this webinar we will be discussing the history of Colorado water rights and why the state isjust now allowing residents to harvest rain water. We’ll also discuss the what, where and how-to of installing a rain barrel on your site and how to properly integrate it into your landscape. Presented by Deryn Davidson and Jennifer Tucker, CSU Extension. 

    This webinar is FREE. Please register to recieve a link to the webinar. The webinar is presented by Colorado State University Extension and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. All webinars are recorded and available on the CSU Small Acreage Management website at

    Register here

  • Monday, October 24, 2016 2:30 PM | Diana Denwood (Administrator)

    November 4th from 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

    The Green Schools Summit is an annual education and networking event hosted by USGBC Colorado and organized by a dedicated group of volunteers from the Green Schools Initiative.

    It is Colorado's only conference dedicated to convening green building industry professionals, school decision makers, educators and parents. The event provides a truly unique opportunity for open and productive dialogue on how to create better learning environments for our kids.  

    Summit Theme: "Beyond the Walls"

    Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

    6901 Wadsworth Boulevard

    Arvada, CO 80003

    Register here.

  • Monday, September 19, 2016 8:00 AM | Diana Denwood (Administrator)

    Brought to you by Colorado Foundation for Water Education's Water Educator Network.

    The morning will be spent learning from experienced water festival coordinators some of the best practices and innovative methods for planning, logistics, executing, and evaluating the effectiveness of a water festival. Plenty of time will be structured for networking and sharing.

    Bring your innovative water festival activity or tool to share during the afternoon. Also, learn a few new stormwater activities from Earth Force and Denver Public Works’ KIC-NET program and how to implement the Colorado Geographic Alliance’s new 16’x20’ Colorado state map into your water festival. Continuing education credit certificates available for educators.

    Register by September 15 at Your Water Colorado

    This session will be held at the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District in Pueblo from 8:00 am-4:00 pm.

  • 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.

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