Peer Calls

Understanding How Watershed, Forest, and Other Planning Initiatives Come Together

4/25/2024

Through a guided presentation, small group discussions, and examples shared by watershed planning leads, River Network and Strategic by Nature highlight examples of communities across Colorado who are integrating watershed, forest, and other planning efforts to achieve desired outcomes for their communities.

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Planning Types and Considerations, Andrea Harbin Monahan, CWCB

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Upper Poudre Resiliency Plan and Poudre River Health Assessment, Hally Strevey, Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed

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Upper Arkansas Watershed Partnership, Brian Murphy, River Network

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Watershed Planning 101 Webinar

2/15/2024

This webinar introduces watershed planning and the basic elements to consider as you get started with watershed planning in your community. Participants will learn from two examples of watershed planning processes presented by Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District and Southwest Decision Resources. This webinar is presented by River Network and Colorado Water Conservation Board.

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Watershed Planning 101, Brian Murphy and Chelsea Silva, River Network, and Andrea Harbin Monahan, Colorado Water Conservation Board

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Altar Valley Watershed Plan (Arizona), Julia Guglielmo, Southwest Decision Resources

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Upper Gunnison Basin Watershed Management Plan (Colorado), Cheryl Cwelich, Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District

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Who Is and Who Could Be at the Table for Your Planning Process

4/05/2023

River Network and Strategic by Nature shared considerations for stakeholder and community engagement processes focused on watershed planning. Participants explored and defined what equity, diversity, and inclusion mean for stakeholder and community engagement within the context of stream management planning.

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Who Is and Who Could Be at the Table for Your Planning Process, Stacy Beaugh, Strategic By Nature, and Chelsea Silva, River Network

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Federal Funding for Implementation

1/19/2023

Presentations about current federal funding opportunities that can support implementation of Stream Management Plans and Integrated Watershed Management Plans. Trout Unlimited and SVLHWCD shared their experiences navigating NRCS grant funding programs and CWCB will provide information on their new capacity building grants.

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Federal Funding Overview, Elle Benson, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

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PL-566 Funding and a Sponsor Experience, Blongshia “B” Cha, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service; Scott Griebling, Saint Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District

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CWCB Federal Technical Assistance Grants & Team, Anna Mauss, Colorado Water Conservation Board

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SMPs and Forest Health

4/14/2022

Participants joined River Network, Colorado Water Conservation Board, Mountain Studies Institute, and the Boulder Watershed Collective in a conversation about integrating forest health into Stream Management Plans. Together we thought through why it’s important for SMPs to include an element of forest health, how to incorporate forest health into SMPs, and the benefits of doing so.
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Chris Sturm, Colorado Water Conservation Board
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Mandy Eskelson, Mountain Studies Institute

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2022 Updates & R2Cross Training

2/3/2022

Participants learned about Colorado Water Plan updates and new SMP support tool development from CWCB, and about the accomplishments of SMPs over the past five years from River Network. Participants also heard from Seth Mason, Lotic Hydrological, about how to use the R2Cross methodology to help set flow targets. You can watch Seth’s presentation from our fall workshop about flow targets here.

Presentations were heard from:

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Russ Sands, Colorado Water Conservation Board
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Nicole Seltzer, River Network

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Seth Mason, Lotic Hydrological

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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.

Presentations were heard from:

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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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Planning in a Pandemic Peer Call

6/18/20

Participants learned about modified approaches for stakeholder engagement and monitoring/assessment work in light of COVID-19 restrictions, and best practices for online meetings. Presentations were heard from:

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Mikhaela Mullins, River Network

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Ryan Golten, Consensus Building Institute

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Jessie Olson, Left Hand Watershed Center

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Mike Remke, Mountain Studies Institute

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