Where is our Water Flowing? Water Conservation in Colorado

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Where is our Water Flowing? Water Conservation in Colorado w/ Jayla Poppleton (Water Education Colorado) & Kate Ryan (Colorado Water Trust)

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Water is life. We hear that a lot, but have you stopped to think about, where DOES our water come from? In the State of Colorado, our main water supply comes from the western slopes (aka snow pack) and has a long, complex history. Unfortunately, as climate change accelerates and water demands for Colorado increase, we are in the beginning stages of water scarcity and potential water shortages. So what can we do? A lot! On February 16, join us along with our nonprofit partners for a webinar featuring panelists Jayla Poppleton with Water Education Colorado and Kate Ryan with Colorado Water Trust to learn about the history of water in Colorado, where we are today and what we need to do now for the future. At the end of the presentation, we’ll also ask attendees to join in making a water commitment for 2022! So grab a big glass of H2O and come be a part of this extremely important conversation on water conservation.

About Our Presenters:

Kate Ryan

Kate joined the Water Trust in 2019, with over a decade of experience practicing Colorado Water law. Her past clients included farmers, ranchers, municipalities, landowners, the CWCB and the Water Trust itself. Before going to Berkeley Law she obtained a master’s degree in geography at the University of Colorado and worked as an associate scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center. During her free time Kate loves cattle drives, skiing big mountains and exploring with her kids.

Jayla Poppleton

Jayla Poppleton is the Executive Director at Water Education Colorado, the state’s leading organization for informing and engaging Coloradans on water. Prior to becoming E.D. in 2017, Jayla oversaw Water Education Colorado’s publications and other digital content programs. For 9 years she was the editor for Headwaters magazine, Water Education Colorado's flagship publication. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in technical journalism with a specialization in natural resources management from Colorado State University. She is also a 2016 graduate of WEco’s own Water Leaders Program. She lives in Denver with her husband and three sons, and enjoys traveling and recreating in Colorado’s great outdoors—especially in, on or around water.

About our Partners:

Colorado Water Trust

Colorado Water Trust's mission is to restore flow to rivers in need. We are a home-grown, statewide 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Since 2001, we've restored 16.8 billion gallons of water to 588 miles of rivers and streams across the state. We work collaboratively with our partners so that our projects benefit both the people we work with and our rivers.

Water Education Colorado

Water Education Colorado is a 501c3 nonprofit providing policy-neutral news and informational resources, engaging learning experiences, and empowering leadership programs. Since 2002, we have been working statewide to ensure Coloradans are knowledgeable about key water issues and equipped to make smart decisions for a sustainable water future.

About Women in Sustainability:

Women in Sustainability (WIS) is a women-led nonprofit dedicated to facilitating community action to fight the climate crisis and social injustices. WIS intentionally creates a safe space for like-minded and diverse individuals to create purposeful and transformational connections in the environmental movement. WIS believes that inclusive collaboration, education and advocacy are the keys to creating meaningful change that benefits ALL for a better future.

We encourage our members to challenge the status quo and each other's views, however, we focus on this with civil discourse and positivity. WIS has a no tolerance policy and any individual that makes negative or ill-will comments towards others attendees will be immediately asked to leave the event. Please engage in conversation that "challenges ideas, not the person."


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