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

Field Trip

August 5, 2021

Join us in Salida, CO on Thursday, August 5th for an in-person field trip along the South Arkansas River!

Learn more and register here!

 

Peer Calls

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.

Presentations were heard from:

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Daniel Boyes and Emma Reesor, Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project
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View the notes and agenda.
View the video recording of the call.

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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View the notes and agenda.

View the video recording of the call.

Ask a Practitioner

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

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