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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.


WIP Steering Committee Meeting (Durango, CO)

09/27/2016 9:00 am

The WIP Steering Committee Meeting will begin at 9:00 am at the SWCD offices (841 E. 2nd Ave., Durango, CO; 970-247-1302).


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WIP Steering Committee Meeting (Durango, CO)

05/19/2016 9:00 am

The WIP Steering Committee Meeting will begin at 9:00 am at the SWCD offices (841 E. 2nd Ave., Durango, CO; 970-247-1302).


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WIP Steering Committee Meeting (Durango, CO)

01/21/2016 9:00 am

The WIP Steering Committee Meeting will begin at 9:00 am at the SWCD offices (841 E. 2nd Ave., Durango, CO; 970-247-1302).


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WIP Lending Library

The Water Information Program lending library now has more than 200 water-related books and movies available for checkout. Stop by the office at 841 East 2nd Avenue in Durango to find a book or DVD of interest to you. In addition, we welcome reviews at any time. If you are interested in providing a book or movie review for our quarterly newsletters, please email 1-2 paragraphs to denise@waterinfo.org. The winter 2015 newsletter book review is provided by Laura Spann, with the SWCD.

Book Review: Blue Revolution, by Cynthia Barnett, 2012

Journalist Cynthia Barnett’s treatise on today’s water crisis naturally begins with examples from California. Even national energy efficiency leaders like Sacramento squander precious gallons on lawns in a drought-stricken state. “Somehow, America’s green craze has missed the blue,” she says. Why? From industry to government policy to private homes, she portrays a culture of incentives that has encouraged Americans to use more and more water—and value it less and less. How can we avoid a national water crisis? Barnett’s answer is a “water ethic,” a “blue revolution.” When people are connected to their water sources, argues Barnett, they value and conserve more of it. They live within their means and become part of the solution.


October 30, 2015--Land use must consider water supply, speakers say (Durango Herald)

Land use choices and water use are connected. So how come water people and land use planners don't work together as water supply becomes more at risk and state population keeps growing? That was the focus of a water and land use forum on Oct. 23 at the La Plata County Administration Building.


The Great Divide Film Debut and Southwest Colorado Showings

The debut of the much anticipated film The Great Divide occurred on August in Denver. There were more than 600 people in attendance and all proceeds went toward the purchase of a DVD copy of the film for every public library in Colorado. Understatedly, the film, with its wonderful cinematography and original music, was well received not only at the premier but with multiple viewings across the state. In southwest Colorado a showing on September 9th in Cortez yielded more than 100 attendees, September 10th in Durango nearly 200, and September 12th in Pagosa Springs over 100.


Water 101 Seminar

The 9th Annual Water 101 Seminar was conducted in Bayfield this year and was another success. Including presenters there were over 60 in attendance.


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