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

Yampa River Field Trip

July 7-8, 2022
Hayden/Steamboat Springs, Colorado

SMP Peer Call (Topic TBA)

August 18, 2022

Peer Calls

SMPs and Forest Health


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:

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

2022 Updates & R2Cross Training


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:

Russ Sands, Colorado Water Conservation Board

Nicole Seltzer, River Network

Seth Mason, Lotic Hydrological
View the notes and agenda.
View the video recording of the call.

Ask a Practitioner

Data Management and Tools


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


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

Flow Targets Workshop (Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference)

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.
Flow Targets & Flow Restoration Opportunities, Mickey O’Hara, Colorado Water Trust
View the agenda and notes.

View the video recording.

SMP 101


Are you interested in learning if a Stream Management Plan is a good fit for your community? Join River Network and the Colorado Water Conservation Board to learn the basics of SMPs, including their history, steps in the planning process, and some details on assessment approaches. You’ll also hear from the San Miguel, Middle Colorado, and South Boulder Creek SMP leads about the methods and outcomes of their Stream Management Plans.

View the slides

Colorado SMP Library