Community and Learning

SMP/IWMP leaders and practitioners from around the State continue to collaborate to share their knowledge and build support systems for each other as they work through their planning processes. Below you will find links to recorded peer-calls and presentations/notes from peer-learning workshops. All upcoming peer-learning events are also listed, along with registration information.

Upcoming Events

Pre-Conference Stream Management Planning Workshop

October 10, 2022 (1:00 – 5:00 pm)
Avon, Colorado

Register here

 

SMP 101 Virtual Workshop

October 20, 2022 (12:00 – 1:15 pm)
Zoom

Register here

 

Peer Calls

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.
Presentations were heard from:

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Chris Sturm, Colorado Water Conservation Board
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Mandy Eskelson, Mountain Studies Institute
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View the notes and agenda.
View the video recording of the call.

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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View the notes and agenda.
View the video recording of the call.

Ask a Practitioner

Data Management and Tools

8/15/21

Hannah Holm, Director of the Hutchins Water Center at Colorado Mesa University, and Seth Mason, Principal Hydrologist at Lotic Hydrological, discuss their approaches and experience with managing the vast amounts of data that typically result from a river health assessment. They cover two aspects of data within the SMP process:

Understanding the data management and synthesis needs for an SMP, and how and when to create a plan (see the Assess Conditions phase of the SMP process).
Understanding where to source data for an SMP and tools that are available to give you a head start, such as the Colorado River Basin Data Dashboards.

Using Recreation Surveys to Understand Community Preferences

8/26/20

Holly Loff, Eagle River Watershed Council and Laurie Rink, Middle Colorado Watershed Council discuss their customized approaches to understanding their community’s preferences on river flows, uses, and access. More information on the American Whitewater flow preference survey and other approaches for understanding river-based recreation can be found here.

Peer Workshops

Yampa River SMP Peer Learning Field Trip

7/7/2022

During this workshop, participants conversed with local and regional experts, got their hands dirty, and tested out a variety of assessment methods and techniques to help them with their own SMP/IWMP processes. 

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Yampa River Basin Overview, Jenny Frithsen, Friends of the Yampa, and Nicole Seltzer, River Network

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Mock Diversion Assessment & Alternative Approaches (bonus: Yampa Diversion Infrastructure Assessment Field Sheet), Brian Murphy, River Network, and Ashley Ficke, GEI Consultants

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Fluvial Hazard Mapping and Project Design Implications, Katie Jagt, Watershed Science and Design, and Jennifer Wellman, The Nature Conservancy

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Flow Assessment Methods Training, Katie Birch, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Jay Skinner, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (retired)

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Flow Targets Workshop (Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference)

10/4/2021
During this workshop, participants learned the basics of how to set and evaluate environmental and recreational flow targets, how to set the process up for success and best practices and common challenges for bringing stakeholders together to align on setting targets.
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Flow Targets & Flow Restoration Opportunities, Mickey O’Hara, Colorado Water Trust
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View the video recording.

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