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June 2016 WIP Newsletter Now Available!

The June 2016 WIP newsletter is now available (including latest WIP cartoon)! Check it out for local, state, and regional news, as well as events and additional information.


***VIDEO & June 22-23rd Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop on the Animas River a Huge Success!***

The 5th Annual Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop was a huge success! It was conducted June 22-23, 2016, once again back on the Animas and Florida Rivers. The Water Information Program cosponsored the workshop with Fort Lewis College, Mountain Studies Institute, and San Juan Mountains Association. In addition, it was generously funded through a grant with the Southwestern Water Conservation District. The training session filled to capacity with 16 participants/teachers, as well as 6 facilitators, and numerous guest experts and speakers. 


Animas River Community Forum Public Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AnimasRiverCommunity in an effort to help the Animas River Community Forum (ARCF).


2016 Legislative Updates

Listed below are the legislative updates from the Colorado Water Congress State Affairs meetings. The Board of the Southwestern Water Conservation District provides this as a service to those interested in water related legislation during the current session.  We hope that you find the updates beneficial.
 
Bruce Whitehead
Executive Director


Forests-to-Faucets Story Maps Now Available!

Beginning in 2012, the Water Information Program (WIP), in conjunction with Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) and the San Jan Mountains Association (SJMA), plus financial support from the Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD), University of Colorado, and Trout Unlimited, conducted Forests-to-Faucets (F2F) teacher training workshops in the Dolores/San Juan River Basin of southwest Colorado. The goal of the workshops was to train teachers in the basin about the importance and interconnection of healthy watersheds to area water supplies. In 2012 the F2F workshop, which are two days of intensive field training, focused on the Animas River. We started at the top of the watershed in Silverton and by the end of the second day, worked our way down to the Durango water and wastewater treatment plants. The same concept was followed in 2013 on the San Juan River in Archuleta County, and 2014 on the Dolores River in Montezuma County. In 2015 the approach was changed to include a series of model, or demonstration lessons in area classrooms, and to develop web-based story maps to put the 2012 to 2014 field trainings and curriculum into a geographic context. A story map is a way of combining GIS mapping technology with photos and narrative text to create an informational story. We are pleased to announce that these story maps are now available and can be accessed though MSI’s website (www.mountainstudies.org/foreststofaucets/).


Presentations Now Available from the October 23rd Water and Land Use Planning Session (Durango, CO)

Many groups are calling for land-use planning to play a larger role in the Colorado Water Plan, emphasizing that growing cities should incorporate water conservation in their land planning decisions.


PLEASE SIGN ON-LINE PETITION!

The Animas River Stakeholders Group is trying to get citizen participation in advocating for Good Samaritan Legislation via a website Trout Unlimited has set up. Please sign the petition to finally get common-sense legislation to help clean up our rivers!


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