Glenwood Springs RiverFEST 2018
Aug
4
9:00 AM09:00

Glenwood Springs RiverFEST 2018

The Middle Colorado Watershed Council is once again sponsoring the 2018 Glenwood Springs RiverFEST! Not only will we be there enforce and have an informational booth after lunch, but we'll also be having a super clean up team once again.

To join the Middle Colorado Watershed Council clean up team, organizing under one banner for watershed health for all, visit RiverFEST's eventbrite page, and click  'register' (free), click 'team'. Type in 'Middle Colorado Watershed Council' for the team name, and then type in 'mcwc' for the team password, then finish off your registration as normal.

 

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Aug
7
6:00 PM18:00

MCWC Interpretive Center Public Input Meeting

For nearly ten years, the Middle Colorado Watershed Council has worked to increase the appreciation of the natural resource that our region relies upon. The Colorado River is the backbone of lifestyle and economy where we do our work, from the head of Glenwood Canyon to DeBeque. The river, and others feeding into it, fuels our local agricultural and recreational businesses, and it provides riparian habitat for a diverse array of wildlife.

In the spring of 2017, the MCWC moved into the office and visitor information space at Lions Park in Rifle at the I-70 rest stop, courtesy of the City of Rifle. Half of that space constitutes our office, and the other half has remained empty since the regional brochures and information were removed years ago. At once, we began to secure funding for turning that empty space into a Colorado River Interpretive Center, and now we have the initial funds to begin designing and planning that space to be a place of learning and education of the Colorado River in Rifle.

We’ve contacted a dozen of interpretive centers and museums across the West to understand how they began their work. We have contracted Wild Rose Education, a leader in watershed education and educator training, to work with us as an Interpretive Planner, facilitating two public input meetings to determine what themes and topics will be included in this relatively small space. The first meeting will be to collect your input and the second meeting will be an opportunity for Wild Rose Education to report back with the Draft Interpretive Plan, requesting further input. Following this phase, an Interpretive Designer will be contracted to visually design and create the material, at which point the desk will be staffed with a part-time docent and the doors will open to the community, school groups, folks coming in for a brief reprieve of the highway, and anyone else who comes on over.

We’re writing to you to ask for your help in this initial content-determining phase. Please join us at both of our public input meetings to share your thoughts on what you want to experience when you visit a river-centric interpretive center, so that we can put it into ours. We need your input to ensure that this community and regional resource is well-used and long-lived, and we need input from all aspects of our diverse community to make this happen.

Our public input meeting will be at 6:00PM on Tuesday, August 7th and the follow up meeting will be at 6:00PM on Wednesday, August 29th. Both meetings will be at the Rifle Public Library’s Community Room, and a light supper will be provided.

Thank you for joining in with a community that wants to share its appreciation of rivers. Please email jon@midcowatershed.org if you have any questions.

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Aug
29
6:00 PM18:00

MCWC Interpretive Center Public Input Meeting

For nearly ten years, the Middle Colorado Watershed Council has worked to increase the appreciation of the natural resource that our region relies upon. The Colorado River is the backbone of lifestyle and economy where we do our work, from the head of Glenwood Canyon to DeBeque. The river, and others feeding into it, fuels our local agricultural and recreational businesses, and it provides riparian habitat for a diverse array of wildlife.

In the spring of 2017, the MCWC moved into the office and visitor information space at Lions Park in Rifle at the I-70 rest stop, courtesy of the City of Rifle. Half of that space constitutes our office, and the other half has remained empty since the regional brochures and information were removed years ago. At once, we began to secure funding for turning that empty space into a Colorado River Interpretive Center, and now we have the initial funds to begin designing and planning that space to be a place of learning and education of the Colorado River in Rifle.

We’ve contacted a dozen of interpretive centers and museums across the West to understand how they began their work. We have contracted Wild Rose Education, a leader in watershed education and educator training, to work with us as an Interpretive Planner, facilitating two public input meetings to determine what themes and topics will be included in this relatively small space. The first meeting will be to collect your input and the second meeting will be an opportunity for Wild Rose Education to report back with the Draft Interpretive Plan, requesting further input. Following this phase, an Interpretive Designer will be contracted to visually design and create the material, at which point the desk will be staffed with a part-time docent and the doors will open to the community, school groups, folks coming in for a brief reprieve of the highway, and anyone else who comes on over.

We’re writing to you to ask for your help in this initial content-determining phase. Please join us at both of our public input meetings to share your thoughts on what you want to experience when you visit a river-centric interpretive center, so that we can put it into ours. We need your input to ensure that this community and regional resource is well-used and long-lived, and we need input from all aspects of our diverse community to make this happen.

Our public input meeting will be at 6:00PM on Tuesday, August 7th and the follow up meeting will be at 6:00PM on Wednesday, August 29th. Both meetings will be at the Rifle Public Library’s Community Room, and a light supper will be provided.

Thank you for joining in with a community that wants to share its appreciation of rivers. Please email jon@midcowatershed.org if you have any questions.

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MCWC's Watershed by Bike
Sep
15
12:00 PM12:00

MCWC's Watershed by Bike

Save the date for MCWC's second annual Watershed by Bike. A shuttle and bikes will be provided from Glenwood Springs to Bair Ranch, and then we'll bike down the Glenwood Canyon Recreation Trail stopping three times along the way to hear from water experts on a variety of subjects affecting the Colorado River and your water.

More Information will be posted and registration will open in early August.

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2018 Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference
Oct
9
to Oct 11

2018 Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference

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"This highly popular event expands cooperation and collaboration throughout our state for natural resource conservation, protection, and enhancement by informing citizen groups, agencies, consultants, and legislators about current issues and through networking opportunities.

In 2018, our conference will focus on The Color of Water: Exploring the Spectrum. Our theme this year intends to tap into the creativity of our community and investigate how diverse watershed interests interact. Water touches us all from forests to farms. We’ve branched out this year to delve into water for environment, agriculture, recreation, mining, energy, forest health, city water, rural water, source water, recycled and reuse water."

 

http://www.coloradowater.org/scw-conference-2018

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Middle Colorado Communities Cross-Visit Watershed Event
Jun
21
10:00 AM10:00

Middle Colorado Communities Cross-Visit Watershed Event

Join the Middle Colorado Watershed Council on a Cross-Watershed Network Event. On June 21st, we will hop on a bus and tour riverfront site projects along the Colorado River from Glenwood Springs to De Beque with local officials, river restoration professionals, and you! Registration is open on a first-come, first-serve basis and it does have a maximum number capped. Throughout the day, we'll visit potential restoration sites, fostering visions for projects throughout the watershed. In between stops, leaders of local and regional organizations will speak on a variety of topics that are important in our water world. Registration is $15, which provides lunch and transportation in between field sites.

To register, and for the full description of information regarding where to meet and the agenda for the event: https://tamariskcoalition.z2systems.com/np/clients/tamariskcoalition/event.jsp?event=616&

 

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Middle Colorado State of the River Annual Meeting
May
15
5:30 PM17:30

Middle Colorado State of the River Annual Meeting

The Middle Colorado Watershed Council and the Colorado River Water Conservation District are hosting the Middle Colorado State of the River, a free annual public informational meeting. Come and learn about the state of your river and ongoing projects and initiatives to increase its health and the awareness of its importance at this public informational event. Hosted at the Ute Theater in Rifle, it is free to attend, with refreshments served at 5:30PM and the presentations starting at 6PM, running until 8PM. If you cannot make it out to the Ute, the event will be live-streamed on our Facebook page!

 

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Free Movie Screening - The Great Divide
May
8
6:30 PM18:30

Free Movie Screening - The Great Divide

The Middle Colorado Watershed Council is hosting a free screening of the movie The Great Divide. Join us at 6:30PM at the Rifle Public Library on Tuesday, May 8th!

While the library closes at 6:00PM, doors will be open for the event from 6:00PM to 6:30PM. However, it is completely fine if you cannot make it to the film on time; a phone number will be posted on the front door of the library for you to call so that we can come down and let you in!

Tens of millions of people, billions of dollars of agricultural production, and an enormous amount of economic activity across a vast swath of America from California to the Mississippi River are all dependent on rivers born in the mountains of Colorado.  In a time of mounting demand and limited supply, the need for all citizens to better understand and participate in decisions affecting this critical resource is paramount.
The Great Divide, a feature length documentary film from the Emmy award winning team of Havey Productions, in association with Colorado Humanities, illustrates the timeless influence of water in both connecting and dividing an arid state and region. From Ancient Puebloan cultures and the gold rush origins of Colorado water law to agriculture, dams, diversions and conservation; the film reveals today’s critical need to cross “the great divide,” replacing conflict with cooperation.
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