CSU Extension and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Host Free Water Education Webinar Series

Colorado’s unique situation as a headwaters state provides the backdrop for diverse issues and concerns related to a most precious resource: water.

Colorado State University Extension, in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, is hosting a Water Education Webinar Series to help landowners understand these contentious issues and provide ideas and recommendations to help ensure water security. The four-part, online series will highlight water conservation practices that don’t compromise crop production or livestock health.

The water situation in Colorado is rapidly changing, and understanding how to adaptively manage this finite resource will ensure this water is available for everyone’s use in the future.

In these free online webinars, offered from noon to 1 p.m., participants will learn:
• the Colorado Doctrine and tips to ensure the protection of your water rights, July 27;
• Colorado climate and drought trends now and in the future, Aug. 2;
• water administration, urban versus agricultural use, water quality implications, Aug. 15; and
• waterwise landscape solutions and recommended plant materials for use, Aug. 23.

Although these webinars are especially designed for small acreage landowners, anyone who owns or manages rural land will learn useful tips on how to manage water resources.

Presenters include Nolan Doesken, CSU state climatologist; Denis Reich, CSU Extension water specialist for the Western Region; Robert Cox, horticulture Extension agent; and Aaron Clay, former water referee for the Colorado Water Court.

The webinars are broadcast live and participants can interact with and ask experts questions during the presentation. To sign up for any and all of the webinars, visit www.ext.colostate.edu/sam/. The session also will be recorded and viewable through this web link after the webinar.

For more information, contact John Rizza at (970) 243-5068, ext. 128.