Peer Calls

Designing Demonstration Projects for Maximum Impact

6/17/21

Pilot and demonstration projects are often implemented to test or showcase an idea’s potential for success. In SMPs, they can be used to try out a new or innovative project idea to garner enthusiasm or community support for the SMPs. Participants discussed approaches to pilot and demonstration projects resulting from the Rio Grande, Conejos, Saguache Creek SMPs, and how their leadership has used that momentum to build additional projects.

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Daniel Boyes and Emma Reesor, Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project
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Lessons from Community Planning

4/15/21

Participants discussed the approaches that the Yampa and Big Thompson teams took to engage their community in their SMP/IWMPs, including the use of data visualization software like Tableau and Maptionnaire and how these tools were used to gather and display community input.

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Will Davis, Big Thompson Watershed Coalition

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Nicole Seltzer, River Network

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Identify, Prioritize, and Evaluate Potential Actions

12/10/20

Participants discussed approaches to identifying and prioritizing potential actions to support the objectives stated in their SMP. Topics included effectively designing the discussion process, evaluating potential project impact, and tips for ensuring success. Presentations were heard from:

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Seth Mason, Lotic Hydrological

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Sonja Chavez, Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District

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