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/).

Check them out and we hope that they will be useful to educators who are either interested in taking their students on field trips, or they can be used as ‘virtual’ field trips. In 2016 we will be offering the F2F teacher training again on the Animas River, but with more of a hardrock mining focus. SAVE-THE-DATE for this tentatively scheduled June 22-23rd workshop that qualifies for continuing education credits, as well as contact hours. Additional information and details will be forthcoming as the time draws nearer.