Meet Your Watershed

An Open-Air Series of Conversations about the Upper Uncompahgre Watershed

Everyone, 8 years old to 108 years old, is invited to attend one or more of the series events. You don’t have to come to every event but you are welcome to! The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership has scheduled three to five water-related professionals to discuss their organizations’ roles in the watershed, especially in the Ouray County area. Join us outdoors for fresh air and conversation to help you better understand the Upper Uncompahgre River Watershed.

Location: Dennis Weaver Park, Ridgway, Colorado (unless bad weather; more information about bad weather location – also in Ridgway – will be sent to all registrants)

Schedule: Wednesdays, 5-6pm, April 28, May 26, June 23, July 28 and plus one Saturday field trip

Registration: Free. Register at https://www.uncompahgrewatershed.org/meet-your-watershed/.

Funded by a Non-Point Source Mini Grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

1st Session: Water quality monitoring and remediation, Wed., April 28

SWEAP** Critical Water Concept: The quality and quantity of water, and the timing of its availability, are all directly impacted by human actions and natural events.

Guest speakers: Arlen Huggins of the Colorado River Watch Program, Jeff Litteral of Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining & Safety, Tanner Banks of Trout Unlimited, and a representative from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

2nd Session: Water infrastructure and managed water use, Wed., May 26

SWEAP Critical Water Concept: Water cycles naturally through Colorado’s watersheds, often intercepted and manipulated through an extensive infrastructure system built by people.

The quality and quantity of water, and the timing of its availability, are all directly impacted by human actions and natural events.

Guest speakers: Benjamin Wilson of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer, Ryan Christiansen of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Kestrel Kunz of American Whitewater, and one more speaker

3rd Session: Drinking Water & Wastewater, Wed., June 23

SWEAP Critical Water Concept: Water is essential for life, our economy, and a key component of healthy ecosystems.

Guest speakers: Mike Berry of Tri-County Water Conservancy District, Joe Coleman of Ouray City Public Works, Chris Bolane of Ridgway Town Public Works, and a representative from Dallas Creek Water Co. or Ouray County government

4th Session: Water Scarcity, Wed., July 28

SWEAP Critical Water Concept: Water is a scarce resource, limited and variable. Water is a public resource governed by water law.

Guest speakers: Marti Whitmore of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable and Colorado River District, Katie Birch of Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Ken Leib of the U.S. Geological Survey, and representatives from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

5th Session: The Future of Water, Wed., Aug. 25*

More details and guest speakers coming soon.

 

* The Agricultural Efficiency Field Trips have been postponed until the fall. Stay tuned for more details.

**SWEAP is Colorado’s Statewide Water Education Action Plan, a common agenda for water education’s role in achieving sustainable water for Colorado by 2050. Find out more at: https://www.watereducationcolorado.org/sweap/.

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