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?
We will accept indications of interest until Friday, February 10th, 2023
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.
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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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:
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.
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, five years of accomplishments, and how to get started. You’ll also hear from the Mancos, South Boulder Creek, and Saint Vrain and Left Hand SMP leads about the methods and outcomes of their Stream Management Plans.
During this workshop, held prior to the 2022 Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference in Avon, CO, participants learned about the updated Colorado Water Plan, including Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) grant opportunities and the proposed Colorado River Health Assessment Framework (CORHAF). In addition, participants had the chance to problem solve common challenges related to stream and integrated watershed management planning with experts and their peers.