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

Peer Call

Topic TBD

Wednesday, April 5th, 10:00 am – 11:30 am



Peer Calls

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.

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.

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

Stream Management Plans 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, 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.

Stream Management Planning Workshop


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.  


Colorado Water Plan Update & CWCB Funding, Russ Sands and Anna Mauss, Colorado Water Conservation Board


Colorado River Health Assessment Framework, Chris Sturm and Steven Reeves, Colorado Water Conservation Board; Brad Johnson, Johnson Environmental Consulting; Seth Mason, Lotic Hydrological


Peer Problem Solving Activity, Stacy Beaugh, Strategic By Nature


View the agenda.

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