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CFWE News Tour participants enjoy breakfast at High Country Orchards in Palisade while Grand Mesa rancher Carlyle Currier shares about the Grand Valley’s agricultural heritage.

Thank you to the following tour sponsors: Colorado Water Conservation Board Grand County Kleinfelder Tricia Nichols

The Colorado River Basin Tour

Basalt Water Conservancy District

More than 100 lawmakers, educators, water professionals and citizens spent a few exciting days touring the Colorado River Basin from June 13-15. This year’s annual CFWE River Basin Tour spread awareness about transbasin diversions, cooperative river management, the health of headwaters streams, environmental concerns, agricultural water issues and more. A few highlights included: • Moose viewing in the headwaters at Rocky Mountain National Park • Soaking in the sun at the confluence of the Blue and Colorado rivers • An exclusive tour of Shoshone Hydroelectric Plant • Wine tasting and dining at a working orchard in Palisade • Tagging endangered fish at the Grand Valley Project Diversion Dam

Southwestern Water Conservation District Williams Energy Board of Water Works of Pueblo Colorado River District CDM Guaranty Bank and Trust Company Tri-State

Tour participants were joined by the state Legislature’s Water Resources Review Committee as well as a diverse group of teachers through a “Forests to Faucets” workshop. Thank you to all of the tour speakers, attendees and sponsors for delivering a fun and fast-paced educational program!

City of Grand Junction GBSM

CFWE’s Announces its 2012 Water Leaders Class CFWE is thrilled to announce the 2012 class of Water Leaders. Starting in July, 15 mid-level water resource professionals will embark upon a process of leadership development, self-assessment and team building. This was a competitive year, and we did not have room for the many deserving individuals that applied. Thank you to all applicants, and congratulations to the following emerging leaders: Matt Brown, AECOM David Colvin, Leonard Rice Engineers Alice Conovitz, Integral Consulting Patricia DeChristopher, Moses, Wittemyer, Harrison & Woodruff Mat deGraaf, Pagosa Area Water & Sanitation District Nicole Garrimone, Garfield & Hecht Diane Johnson, Eagle River Water & Sanitation District Greg Johnson, Colorado Water Conservation Board Ken Kehmeier, Colorado Division of Wildlife Scott Lorenz, Arkansas Groundwater Users Association Kristin Maharg, Colorado Foundation for Water Education Erin Minks, United States Senator Mark Udall Courtney Peppler, AMEC Seth Turner, CDM, Inc. Patrick Wells, Colorado Springs Utilities Thanks to Brown & Caldwell, Tessara Water, the Byers Group and Leonard Rice Engineers for their support of the program through scholarship funds.


Promoting Understanding of Water Issues for Decision Makers During Spring 2011, CFWE delivered balanced and accurate information to more than 500 Colorado decision makers. Visit to find out more about the following programs: • An annual Legislative Lunch that taught a quarter of the state Legislature about Colorado water issues through an interactive quiz show • The first Statewide Roundtable Summit, which drew more than 300 attendees plus Governor Hickenlooper to discuss the strategies for meeting Colorado’s future water demands • The Climate and Colorado’s Water Future Workshop, which gave 50 educators and climate specialists an exclusive tour of the National Ice Core Laboratory • A Metro Roundtable Reception that attracted 200 elected officials and water professionals to learn about the tradeoffs in meeting the region’s future water supply needs

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Headwaters Summer 2011: The Mighty Colorado  

As the Colorado River flows through its seven-state, canyon carving traverse, it is tapped and retapped-- supporting acres of irrigated agri...

Headwaters Summer 2011: The Mighty Colorado  

As the Colorado River flows through its seven-state, canyon carving traverse, it is tapped and retapped-- supporting acres of irrigated agri...

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