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March Newsletter

Meet Elaine Chick, Water Info Program Manager!

Elaine Chick has been contracted to manage the Water Info Program beginning this February. 
Celebrated in the industry for creativity and innovation, Elaine brings over two decades worth of event & production, brand marketing and meeting management expertise producing major events, awards shows, and live television.  Elaine is a problem solver, providing solutions to clients and guests that exceed expectations and deliver the highest service in the industry.  She has applied her talent and knowledge to special events for many high profile Fortune 500 companies, international sporting and entertainment organizations, touring shows, World Leader Summits, awards shows, International Expositions and non-profit sector agencies in Canada, the US and around the world, resulting in being recognized with 5 National and International Awards combined.

A snapshot of Elaine’s experience has ranged from Assistant Producer Attractions ‐ Expo 86 to concert promoter/ tour manager with Universal Concerts Canada; Site Production Manager for 22 remote venues for the Asia Pacific Economic Conference hosting 18 World Leaders in 97; Producer & Meeting Planner for many Fortune 500 companies, multiple sporting events and Program Manager with the Cultural Olympiad for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Watch the 2016 Willow Planting!

Get Your Feet Wet for River Health!

The Animas Watershed Partnership held two Willow Planting Days during the Spring of 2016 on the Florida River (click above to watch the video). About 15 volunteers from Trout Unlimited, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, La Plata Conservation District, and individuals came out to help restore native shrubs to the riverbanks. Volunteers cut willows onsite then used rebar, mallets, and a hydraulic "waterjet" stinger to plant the cuttings. The "waterjet" stinger was loaned by the La Plata Conservation District and uses water pressure to poke holes into the ground with little to no manual force.

AWPs upcoming Willow Planting opportunities are April 8th, 22nd, 29th, and May 6th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Each volunteer will have the opportunity to cut willows, use rebar and mallets, and use the stinger to plant willows on a stretch of the lower Florida River. Lunch will be provided thanks to City Market Durango! No experience is needed and onsite training will be provided on site. The event will be outside next to the river, so be prepared for all weather, terrain, and getting your feet wet! Come join us for a fun filled day of work for river health! Contact Rachel Hoffman at by March 24th if you're interested! 


Statewide Water Supply Initiative Update is Now Underway

It's time to update the technical data and analysis used at the state level for water planning, a document called the "Statewide Water Supply Initiative" or SWSI. Here's an update from the Colorado Water Conservation  Board:

"In February 2017, the CWCB Project Management Team, Consultant Team, and Technical Advisory Groups will start developing the methodologies, which will build upon previous efforts and expand to include scenario planning, climate change, conservation impacts, and agricultural and nonconsumptive gaps. Once the refined methodologies are finalized, data collection, analysis, and documentation will take place throughout the remainder of the year. The updated SWSI analysis is scheduled to be finalized by December 2017."

The Great Divide: Trailer

Film Review: The Great Divide (2015)
Released the same year as Colorado’s Water Plan was finalized and delivered to Governor Hickenlooper, The Great Divide capitalized on statewide attention to educate the public on its most precious resource. Starting with Ancient Puebloan cultures of southwestern Colorado, the documentary tells water’s story in our state with striking photography. Using a range of interviews with policy leaders, Havey Productions provides an excellent introduction to the debates surrounding its use. Watch the film trailer here or by clicking the image above. (The full documentary is available  from the WIP lending library.)

The WIP lending library has more than 200 water-related books and movies available for checkout. Stop by to find a book or DVD of interest to you. Want to write a review? We'll share it in the newsletter!

Upcoming Events

Registration Now Open:
Water Fluency Course
May-July 2017
Glenwood Springs & Grand Junction
Informational webinar March 8

March 1
Winter Forum
Animas Watershed Partnership
Durango Public Library

March 1-3
Snow School for Water Managers
Center for Snow & Avalanche
Silverton, CO

March 16-18
Four States Ag Expo
Cortez, CO

March 20
Animas River Community Forum
San Juan Public Land Center

April 7
Registration now open!

SWCD Annual Water Seminar

April 11
Climate-Smart Conservation Workshop
Durango Community Center

April 12
Southwest Basin Roundtable Meeting
Durango Recreation Center

May 17-18
CWCB Board Meeting
SW Basin (Pagosa Springs)

May 25-26
San Juan Mining & Reclamation Conference
Ouray, CO

June 13-14
Southwest Basin Tour
Colorado Foundation for Water Education

June 20-22
Animas & San Juan Watersheds Conference
Farmington, NM

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Thank you to all of WIP's partner entities for their support for water education!

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Durango, CO 81301

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