Water Information Program

21st Annual Children’s Water Festival May 4th!

The Annual Children’s Water Festival is sponsored by the Southwestern Water Conservation District and coordinated by the Water Information Program. The festival event began more than 20 years ago and is conducted the first Wednesday in May at Fort Lewis College (FLC). The 2016 festival date is May 4th. The goal of the water festival is to educate fifth grade students about local and regional water issues and the environment in an effort to help them understand the importance of this natural resource and how they can help to protect water supplies.


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 [email protected]. The spring 2016 newsletter movie review is provided by Laura Spann, with the SWCD:


20th Annual Children’s Water Festival: Community Volunteers Needed--May 6th!

The 20th Annual Children’s Water Festival is being held Wednesday May 6, 2015 at Fort Lewis College. To help make this event the success that it is, guides—about 30, are needed to lead more than 700 regional fifth-grade students and their classes to various water-related stations on campus. In exchange for this valuable and FUN service a continental breakfast will be provided, a Water Festival t-shirt, gourmet lunch, as well as a keepsake water bottle and tote. In addition, if you are a student, the festival qualifies for seven (7) hours of community service. Guides will need to meet at 7:30 am sharp at the FLC Student Union Ballroom and will likely be finished sometime between 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. If you or your organization can help, please contact Denise Rue-Pastin with the Water Information Program at (970) 247-1302, (970) 946-9024, or [email protected] by April 21st. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration of this important community service need and opportunity.


Water Reports and Studies

There was a plethora of huge and pressing global water reports and studies in the news over the last quarter of 2014.

Encounters with the Archdruid, book review by Laura Spann, SWCD

Encounters with the Archdruid (1971) takes a different angle at the traditional biography. Rather than simply writing a select memoir or the life story of fervent conservationist David Brower, author John McPhee observes his interactions with three men from disparate walks of life.


WIP Steering Committee Meeting (Durango, CO)

02/03/2015 11:30 am

The Water Information Program Steering Committee will meet at the Southwestern Water Conservation District's office (841 E. 2nd Ave.). For more information call (970) 247-1302.


Annual Children’s Water Festival

The 19th Annual Children’s Water Festival was successfully conducted on May 7, 2014 at Fort Lewis College. This was the largest festival to-date, with more than 900 fifth graders attending from 44 classes in the Dolores/San Juan River Basin. Classes came from Aztec, Bayfield, Cortez, Dolores, Dove Creek, Ignacio, Mancos, Pagosa Springs, and Silverton. More than 100 volunteers, in the form of student guides as well as presenters, made the festival possible. Most of the presenters represented area natural resources and water-related agencies. Thank you volunteers and the Southwestern Water Conservation District--the annual sponsor of the festival for an educational, fun, and successful day and event!


Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop

Complete with a pair of bald eagles closely flying overhead, the 3rd Annual Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop was successfully conducted June 26th and 27th in the Cortez/Dolores area. The workshop was partially funded with a grant from the SWCD. The Water Information Program cosponsored the event with Mountain Studies Institute and the San Juan Mountains Association. The workshop was well received by all participants, as one comment illustrates: “I have been to a lot of workshops, so I am really particular about the ones I choose to attend. Forests-to-Faucets was excellent. Well done.” The goal of the two day intensive, in-the-field workshop is to provide tools and resources for teachers to help them educate their students about various water issues and topics. The workshop qualified for one continuing education credit for educators from Adams State University, as well as 11 contact hours. Thank you everyone who participated and helped!


May 26, 2014--San Juan Mountains Association serving up fun this summer (Durango Herald)

This will be SJMA’s third year offering the Forests to Faucets: My Water Comes from the San Juan Mountains teacher workshop, taking place June 26-27. This workshop is a partnership with Mountain Studies Institute in Silverton and the Water Information Program in Durango.


June 26-27th Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop

Last year the Water Information Program (WIP) cosponsored with the Mountain Studies Institute and the San Juan Mountains Association a pilot Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop in the Durango/Silverton area. It was very successful and well received.


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