Water planning, other issues on tap for Feb. 7 meeting

Learn how rural, mountain communities across Colorado are dealing with water shortages, buy-and-drys, augmentation plans and other water-related issues at a special presentation by the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Ag Water Network and the Colorado Ag Water Alliance.

The presentation, sponsored by the San Isabel Land Protection Trust, will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Cliff Lanes/Rancher’s Roost community room, 25 Main Street in Westcliffe. It is free and open to the public.

 

Photo by Bill Gillette

Presenters Greg Peterson and Phil Brink will share information about stream management plans that have benefited rural and agricultural communities. They’ll also talk about negative consequences for communities where plans were done without local leadership.

A well-developed stream management plan uses biological, hydrological and other data to assess water flows or other physical conditions needed to support human and environmental values identified by the community. The Colorado Water Plan calls for 80 percent of locally prioritized rivers to be covered by stream management plans by 2030. 

The Colorado Ag Water Alliance and Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Ag Water Network are working to inform the agricultural community about these plans and to support agriculture-oriented groups that want to lead the planning effort.

For more information, contact Linda Poole at San Isabel Land Protection Trust, 719-783-3018.

 

              

 

 

Janet Smith

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