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Upcoming Events

August 31st - September 2nd - AWRA-CGWA 2020 Annual Symposium

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2020 AWRA-CGWA Annual Symposium Recap

Thinking Outside the Box - A Holistic Approach to Water Resources Planning

Monday, August 31st - Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020

Early Bird Registration Ends August 17th

Register Now

This year's symposium will be hosted online through Hopin, a virtual conferencing platform. Monday will be a virtual Happy Hour and tutorial on using Hopin. Tuesday and Wednesday will each feature two technical sessions, each with four speakers. Tuesday and Wednesday will also feature a brown bag virtual lunch with a keynote speaker. Recorded presentations will be made available to conference registrants if you are not able to attend all sessions. Please join us for as many sessions as you can!
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Board Member Spotlights

Board Member Spotlight for June

Krystle Ervin - Director at Large 

Job Title: Project Engineer

Organization:  Martin and Wood Water Consultants, Inc.

What is your job in 30 words or less? 
Working with water users and providers to ensure reliable water supply through water supply modeling, demand management planning, and providing expert witness services for the development and protection of water rights.

AWRA Member for # years:  4 years

Positions held in AWRA and years:  Director at Large, 2020 and Education Committee Chair 2019-2020, News and Outreach Committee Member 2018-2020

What is your hometown?   Pomona, California... more about Krystle on our blog 

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Lunch Talk Recaps

April Lunch Talk - An Introduction to stream mitigation and developing a mitigation currency for Colorado 

Photo Credit: EPA Section 8 Facebook Page

Speaker: Julia McCarthy

At the April Virtual Lunch Talk, Julia McCarthy, an Environmental Scientist with USEPA Region 8, introduced viewers to stream mitigation approaches across the country with a focus on the currency of these transactions such as the debits and credits. The talk also included background on Colorado's new approach to stream mitigation. Julia has worked in the Clean Water Act Section 404 regulatory program for the past 12 years. Her work currently includes Waters of the U.S. policy, 404 program implementation in Utah and Wyoming, and stream mitigation policy and tool development in Colorado and Wyoming. Julia has a MS in Ecology from Colorado State University, and a BS in Biology and a Certificate in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

Richard Herbert Memorial Scholarship Fund

This Lunch Talk featured a special raffle for the Scholardship Fund.  If you were unable to donate at that time please consider making a contribution today at this link.

The AWRA-Colorado Section has awarded 103 scholarships since 1991 totaling over $194,000 to college students in Colorado who pursue research in water resources. The scholarship fund is supported by member donations and, in most years, by the proceeds of the Section’s Annual Symposium.


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Renew Your Membership Today

If you have not already renewed your membership for the 2020 calendar year, be sure to do so soon! It provides you a great discount on the symposium and ensures that our team of volunteers can continue to provide Lunch Talks, AWRA scholarships, and other content that benefits our members during this unprecedented time. We need your continued support to have the resources necessary to continue this work.

Your membership is valid for a full calendar year and provides you with:

  • Access to our monthly Lunch Talks
  • A discounted registration fee to our annual symposium
  • Access to a wonderful network of water professionals in Colorado and beyond.
  • The opportunity to support the water community and access to additional events and networking throughout the year.  


You can renew your individual, corporate, institutional, or student membership at

If you have already renewed your membership this year, thank you!  If you would like to renew and are unable at this time please contact the membership committee chair and we are happy to work with you.

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Colorado Water History

Colorado-Big Thompson Project
Construction of the Colorado Big-Thompson Project. Northern Water (n.d.c).
In 1937, the state formalized such water conservancy districts, water conservation districts, and the Colorado Water Conservation Board in response to the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District proposal for an immense diversion project to take water from the headwaters of the Colorado River and bring 300,000 acre-feet of water annually to the Eastern Slope—the Colorado-Big Thompson (C-BT) Project. That same year, Congress approved Senate Document 80, authorizing construction to begin (Schulte, 2004). Construction lasted from 1938 to 1957, resulting in the largest trans-mountain diversion project in the state. The original aim for the project was to obtain more water for agricultural uses, but that water has slowly been purchased by and transferred to municipalities over the decades (Northern Water, n.d.a). Today, the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District administers the delivery of C-BT water to cities such as Fort Collins, Boulder, Greeley, Longmont, and Loveland. It provides supplemental water to 29 cities and towns, more than 100 ditch and reservoir companies, and 640,000 acres of irrigated farmland. The project consists of four hydroelectric power plants, 12 reservoirs, 35 miles of tunnels, 95 miles of canals, and 700 miles of transmission lines. Approximately 230,000 acre-feet of water are delivered annually through the C-BT system (Northern Water, n.d.a).

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