Since the Water Information Program (WIP) began 25 years ago the number of organizations who have recognized the program’s value and are now partners and has more than doubled in the last four years from 15 to 30. While not all participants contribute to the same financial extent, each is important to keep the WIP viable and able to provide the important water education benefits on behalf of each of the participants throughout the Dolores/San Juan River Basin. Participating entities contribute to the WIP based on their unique resources ranging from a $500 to $5000 dollars. In turn, the Southwestern Water Conservation District provides a dollar-for-dollar match.
The Water Information Program is a public information program sponsored by a variety of organizations that include agricultural, electric/energy, environmental, and water sectors in the nine-county Dolores/San Juan River Basin of Southwestern Colorado.
The WIP operates with each participating entity having a seat on the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee meets 3-4 times per year and provides Program oversight and direction. Each member has an opportunity to share information about their organization, upcoming projects or challenges, partnering opportunities, networking and possible stories for the WIP newsletter. The meetings are a great way for members to know what is going on with other organizations and in the community. Each partner also has a page on the WIP website, an opportunity to participate/present at the annual Children’s Water Festival and have the organizations name on the WIP brochures.
Coloradans need to be informed on water issues and equipped to make smart decisions that guide our state to a sustainable water future. By providing coordinated, well-funded, and impactful education, outreach, and public engagement programs, members of our community become engaged in well-informed community discourse and decision making regarding balanced water solutions, and are empowered to take thoughtful action regarding critical water challenges facing the state and their communities.
To our knowledge this program is, and has always been, unique in Colorado and possibly the West—please help to ensure that it remains an exemplary example of outstanding water education collaboration. Without your vital contributions, we would be unable to provide this valuable community service and important educational programs in southwest Colorado.
Elaine Chick, WIP manager, is available anytime to provide an overview of the program, answer questions, meet one-on-one, as well as attend your organizations board meetings.
For more information or to become a contributing partner, please contact Elaine Chick at [email protected], or contact the office at 970-247-1302.