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.

Environmental Flows Cohort Opportunity

Is your coalition interested in setting or meeting environmental flow recommendations on your river?

Would working alongside your peers in a cohort be helpful?

Learn more and indicate your interest here

We will accept indications of interest until Friday, February 10th, 2023

Upcoming Events

Environmental Flows Pre-Conference Workshop at Sustaining Colorado Watersheds

The Westin Resort & Spa (Avon, CO)

Monday, October 2, 2023, 1:00 – 5:00 pm


Register here



Peer Calls

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


River Network and Strategic by Nature shared considerations for stakeholder and community engagement processes focused on watershed planning. Through a guided presentation, small group discussions, and examples shared by SMP lead James Dilzell, Executive Director of Eagle River Watershed Council, participants explored and defined what equity, diversity, and inclusion mean for stakeholder and community engagement within the context of stream management planning.

Presentations included:


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


View the agenda and call notes.

View the video recording of the call.

Federal Funding for Implementation


Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Trout Unlimited, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Saint Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District (SVLHWCD), and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) presented information 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.

Presentations included:


Federal Funding Overview, Elle Benson, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership


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


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


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

Gunnison SMP/IWMP Field Trip & Wet Meadows Tour

8/2/2023 – 8/4/2023

Wet meadows tour: Yampa River Collaborative is visiting Gunnison to learn about wet meadows restoration work being led by Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District. The goal of these site visits is to generate ideas for how to implement similar projects in the Yampa River Basin.

Gunnison SMP/IWMP Field Trip: Participants explored the Gunnison Integrated Water Management Plan and tested out tools and approaches used in the planning process. Training was provided on assessing two indicators of river health (floodplain connectivity and aquatic biota), including wet meadows asssessment training and macroinvertebrate sampling. Participants participated in implementation site visits to learn about watershed system optimization.

West Plum Creek SMP/IWMP Field Trip


Participants explored the West Plum Creek Stream Management Plan and tested out tools and approaches used in the planning process. Training was provided on assessing two indicators of river health (aquatic biota and structural complexity), including macroinvertebrate sampling and aquatic habitat assessment training. Participants received training on facilitation techniques to apply in their SMP/IWMP. Participants also learned about the fishes of West Plum Creek.


View the agenda and field trip notes.

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