Virtual Speaker Series - One World One Water Center

River Journey Speaker Series

Listen, discuss, and learn as we continue our series addressing issues of water conservation and river preservation to raise awareness among the community, water ecology experts, and decision makers.

August 2021 - One World One Water Center: Growing with the Changing World

The One World One Water Center has created unique educational, collaborative, and experiential opportunities since 2012. As OWOW approaches its ten-year anniversary, we're reflecting on all we've learned to reignite our core intentions and adapt them to the changing world we now all operate within. During this talk, we will discuss creating new avenues of accessible education, capitalizing on the tools a hybrid work-life creates, international and local relationships that influence the resources we create and share here in Colorado, and much more.

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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Nona Shipman, Associate Director

Before coming to the OWOW Center, Nona had worked on the statewide Colorado Water 2012 campaign with Water Education Colorado. Originally from Northern Virginia, Nona moved to Denver in 2011 as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and loved the experience so much she decided to stay in Colorado and pursue further water education opportunities. She has a BA in Communications from Lynchburg College, an MA in Biological Sciences from Miami University, Ohio, and welcomes the opportunity to incorporate her degrees with her passion for raising the awareness of precious environmental resources.

Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, Co-Director

A Denver native, Jennifer has worked on water issues locally, nationally, and internationally. She is the Director of Marketing and Social Responsibility at Denver Botanic Gardens, where she drives water-oriented programming, partnerships, and communications. Prior to coming to the Gardens in 2011, Jennifer worked for Rain Bird, where she spearheaded the company's Intelligent Use of Water initiatives. Jennifer is a board member of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, has served on the board of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA), and was the co-organizer for the 2011 International Water Forum at the United Nations. Jennifer has an MBA from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business, an MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor's degree in Journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

Hope Bartlett, University Relations & Sustainability Specialist

Hope is an MSU Denver College of Business Alumna and has five years' experience working at the university. As a Colorado native, she has always cared about the environment and has a passion for spreading the knowledge of how water conservation is rooted through all sustainability issues and solutions.  Before coming to the OWOW Center, she worked with the Auraria Sustainable Campus Program as the Education and Outreach Coordinator where she implemented programs such as the Green Offices Program and created new educational experiences for students on campus.

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Colorado Water Infrastructure

Virtual Speaker Series - Managing Aquatic Resources

River Journey Speaker Series

Listen, discuss, and learn as we continue our series addressing issues of water conservation and river preservation to raise awareness among the community, water ecology experts, and decision makers.

July 2021 - Managing Aquatic Resources

Grand County Learning By Doing is a unique partnership between Colorado's east and west slope water stakeholders. Learn about their goal to maintain, restore, and enhance the aquatic environment in the Fraser, Williams Fork, and Colorado River basins and their tributaries in Grand County.

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Rachel Badger is a Senior Environmental Planner and Project Manager at Denver Water whose over 25 years of experience includes project and program management as well as technical support, coordination and oversight, and preparation of state, local, and federal planning and permitting documents. She has a breadth of experience in managing complex and multidisciplinary National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance documentation including Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), and has provided strategic advice directly to partners, clients, and project teams through various regulatory paths. Ms. Badger collaborates with her team of environmental, soil, watershed scientists; planners; and biologists in the Environmental Planning Section of the Water Resources Strategy department at Denver Water. She offers a breadth of expertise in strategy for complex planning and permitting projects, and skill in coordinating public outreach, agency consultation, and stakeholder engagement.

Anna Drexler-Dreis, Coordinator with Learning By Doing, has lived and work in Grand County for over a decade. She graduated from CSU with a B.S. in Watershed Management and completed her master's in Integrative Land Management at Western State Colorado University. During her time in Grand County she has worked for the nonprofit Colorado Headwaters Land Trust and now owns a consulting business. Through her consulting she is Coordinator for Grand County Learning by Doing and the Upper Colorado River Wild & Scenic Stakeholder Group, both of which are examples of East Slope-West Slope Colorado water partnerships, and helps to manage Grand County’s Open Lands, Rivers, and Trails Fund. In her free time she can be found gardening, biking, skiing, and rafting with her husband and 1-year old.

Edward Moyer is County Manager of Grand County, Colorado. In addition to managing all non-elected County departments and day-to-day operations, he is responsible for all county water matters, including implementation and administration of all Colorado River Cooperative Agreement and Windy Gap Firming Project agreements involving Grand County. Ed serves as Grand County’s representative to the Learning By Doing Management Committee, Grand County Mutual Ditch & Reservoir Company, and the Colorado River Basin Roundtable; he also serves as Grand County’s Senate Document 80 Representative. Prior to County Manager, Ed served as Grand County’s Assistant County Manager for 9 years and worked for 17 years in local government planning, private sector development and consulting. Ed grew up on the west slope, has lived in Grand County for 24 years and is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. He enjoys archery hunting, fly fishing, and floating down the river with his family.

Jessica Alexander has worked as an Environmental Scientist for Denver Water since 2015. An ecologist by training, Jess is passionate about wetlands and river ecosystems. Jess currently oversees Denver Water’s river restoration and noxious weed management efforts on the East and West Slope. She also manages Denver Water’s environmental mitigation and enhancement projects in compliance with Clean Water Act/Section 404, NEPA, Endangered Species Act, and FERC hydropower project permits. Jess has been highly involved in Grand County’s Learning By Doing Cooperative Effort, where she represents Denver Water on the Technical Committee and Monitoring Subcommittee. Jess holds a Master’s degree in Biology from California State University, Sacramento. Jess is proud to call Colorado home, and in her spare time enjoys gardening, hiking, and skiing.

 

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Colorado River Global Warming

Virtual Speaker Series: The Effects of Stream Temperature on River Health

River Journey Speaker Series

Listen, discuss, and learn as we continue our series addressing issues of water conservation and river preservation to raise awareness among the community, water ecology experts, and decision makers.

June 2021: The Effects of Stream Temperature on River Health
Grand County Water Information Network Executive Director, Mary Price, presents historic stream temperature data for the Fraser and Colorado River.

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Mary Price is the Executive Director for Grand County Water Information Network in Grand Lake, CO. Mary has served as Lead Field Technician for GCWIN since 2017. Water quality and environmental education have been an integral part of Mary’s life from a young age. Growing up on an aquaculture farm in Florida, Mary formed a passion for water and all the living species that depend on its bounty. Mary graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL. Having the opportunity to lead this organization has been a dream realized. Mary is looking forward to leading GCWIN into the future while inspiring others to protect our precious water resources. When Mary is not on the job, she can be found enjoying Colorado’s outdoors with hiking, biking, and snowboarding.

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Virtual Speaker Series: East Troublesome Fire Aftermath

River Journey Speaker Series

Listen, discuss, and learn as we continue our series addressing issues of water conservation and river preservation to raise awareness among the community, water ecology experts, and decision makers.

May 2021: East Troublesome Fire Aftermath

Professional engineer, Esther Vincent, will review what happened in the fall of 2020, discuss the impact of this historical event, how we have collaboratively organized our post-wildfire watershed recovery response, policy issues we have encountered, and lessons learned to date.

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Esther Vincent is a registered professional engineer in Colorado and has been with Northern Water since 1999. Vincent has experience with water quality, watershed management, water supply planning, environmental permitting, regulations, and water conservation. She oversees Northern Water’s water quality, water efficiency and flow monitoring programs, environmental compliance, and environmental data management systems. She has served on the boards of the Grand County Water Information Network, the Big Thompson Watershed Forum, and the Colorado WaterWise Council, and is an alumna of the WEco Water Leaders program.

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Earth Day

INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY

Celebrate Earth Day and create awareness surrounding protecting and preserving our environment. Join us on Instagram for a chance to win a $25 credit and 4 tickets to explore Headwaters River Journey, PLUS prizes from Colorado Headwaters Land Trust and Colorado Trout Unlimited!

Rules to Enter:
Follow each of the Instagram accounts below. Like our post, then tag your friends in the comments to increase awareness of how important it is to protect our environment! Each comment equals 1 entry. One winner will be selected on April 22 and announced during our River Journey Speaker Series. Attend Virtually at 3:30pm MST

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ABOUT WORLD WATER DAY

Beginning in 1970, Earth Day is an annual event to support environmental protection. The holiday has grown worldwide with the purpose to promote clean living and a healthy, sustainable environment for people and wildlife alike. We invite you to join the celebration of Earth Day as a conscious reminder of how fragile our planet is and how important it is to protect it.


Virtual Speaker Series: Denver Water

Join us for a River Journey Speaker Series on Earth Day! 

Listen, discuss, and learn as we continue our series addressing issues of water conservation and river preservation to raise awareness among the community, water ecology experts, and decision makers.

Denver Water: Challenges and Collaboration in 21st Century Water Resource Management

Learn how Denver Water is managing its water supply under increasing restraints. Stacy Chesney and Jason Finehout with Denver Water will tell us how they are facing these challenges, the water conservation projects they are currently working on, and how they are collaborating with other water providers and key stakeholders throughout the state to meet resource challenges.

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For 13 years, Stacy Chesney has been with Denver Water, the water utility serving 1.5 million people in Denver and the surrounding suburbs. As the Director of Public Affairs, she leads the communications, marketing, government, and community outreach strategies for the organization and oversees Denver Water’s news site, TAP (denverwater.org/TAP).

Jason Finehout has held the position of Water Shortage Preparedness Coordinator for six years at Denver Water. Previously, Jason spent 10 years in emergency management at the federal, state, and local levels. Jason has completed the Master Exercise Practitioner Program through FEMA and has taught over 200 classes, exercises, drills, and workshops.

 


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World Water Day

INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY

Post to your Instagram telling us how you play your part in water conservation for a chance to win. The post with the most likes by World Water Day, March 22, 2021, will win 4 tickets to explore Headwaters River Journey and $50 retail credit!

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*Set your profile to public so we can see it
*Follow us and @AdventureHydrology
*Tag @HWRiverJourney
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ABOUT WORLD WATER DAY

How is water important to your home, your family, your livelihood, your wellbeing, your local environment? By discussing and celebrating all the different ways water benefits our lives, we can value water properly and safeguard it effectively for everyone. Tell us your stories, thoughts, and feelings about water on social media with hashtag #WorldWaterDay.

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Colorado River Water Conservation

Virtual Speaker Series: Impacts on the Colorado River

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Speaker Series: Listen, discuss, and learn as we continue our series addressing issues of water conservation and river preservation to raise awareness among the community, water ecology experts, and decision makers.

Impacts on the Colorado River

Speakers: Matt Rice, Director of the Colorado River Basin Program at American Rivers, and Paul Bruchez, Rancher Owner, Reeder Creek Ranch in Kremmling, will discuss the most pressing issues we face in the Colorado River Basin and how the State of Colorado and Grand County, in particular, are advancing solutions for the environment and agriculture.

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Matt Rice directs American Rivers’ multidisciplinary programs in the Colorado River Basin, a region that spans seven states from Wyoming to California. His team drives innovative policy, program, and project solutions to conserve water in the urban, agricultural, and energy sectors to ensure that the rivers and streams in the region are healthy for local and regional economies, sustainable agriculture, and world-class recreation. Previously, Matt has worked as a fly fishing guide in Montana, Colorado, Kentucky, and South Carolina. He also spent 4 years in Zambia working with rural farmers to integrate fish farming and irrigated agriculture into their farming systems. Matt completed his masters in Environmental Policy from the University of Denver. His research was focused on global water resources. He received his undergraduate degree from Montana State University in 2000. When not at work, he can be found with his three boys and a fly rod on a river somewhere in Colorado.

Paul Bruchez is 5th generation of the Bruchez family to farm and ranch in Colorado. He currently operates the family ranch near Kremmling with his brother and father. Paul and his family raise cattle and irrigate with water from the Colorado River, the Williams Fork River and Reeder Creek. After graduating from the University of Denver in 2003, he started a fly-fishing business to help diversify income. Working in agriculture and being a fishing guide has given Paul a unique perspective on water resources. Paul is currently spearheading a 12-mile restoration of the Colorado River with 12 landowners collaborating to sustain agriculture and the environmental health of the river. After participating with the Colorado Basin Implementation Plan, he was selected to be the voting Agriculture Representative to the Colorado Basin Roundtable in the spring of 2015. He serves as a Governor appointee to the InterBasin Compact Committee, is on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Water Trust, serves on the Grand County Open Lands, Rivers and Trails Advisory Committee, and recently was honored with Water Education Colorado’s Emerging Leader award.