Water Information Program
The Water Information Program (WIP) provides essential opportunities for water education to the community. WIP serves as an unbiased forum to discuss water in southwestern Colorado.
- Annual Children’s Water Festival: Conducted the first Wednesday in May each year, WIP coordinates this day-long educational event reaching approximately 750 fifth grade students. Nearly 100 volunteers make this fun event such an annual success, and more volunteers are always needed!
- Annual Water 101 Seminar: Held at a different location in southwest Colorado each year, WIP has been fortunate enough to have Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs as the keynote speaker since we started offering this program. This workshop qualifies for continuing education credits for realtors, lawyers, water utility perso
nnel, and teachers.
- Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop: This is an intensive two-day in-the-field training on local watersheds that qualifies for continuing education credit for teachers.
- Website: In addition to current events and news, there is a plethora of useful water-related information at waterinfo.org.
- Newsletter: This quarterly distribution covers a wide variety of water-related topics including current events, water law, water conservation and quality.
- Brochures: Come by the office to pick up brochures on a wide variety of water-related topics, including rainwater harvesting, ditches and diversions, and water conservation.
- Lending Library: Now with more than 200 water-related books and movies available for checkout.
- Water Display: This regularly updated display is used at numerous events throughout the Basin and year, such as the SWCD Annual Water Seminar, local libraries, etc.
- Speaker Series: Talks on a variety of topics are given by request throughout the basin to local groups such as Rotary, Life-Long Learning Series, Fort Lewis College students, and children’s programs.
Operating under the auspices of SWCD, WIP was established in 1994 by several water-related organization and entities. SWCD provides matching funds to all contributions made by local entities. Thank you to the following organizations for their collaboration and commitment to WIP’s success:
- Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District
- Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority
- Dolores Water Conservancy District
- Empire Electric Association
- Florida Water Conservancy District
- Harris Water Engineering
- High Desert Conservation District
- La Plata Archuleta Water District
- La Plata Electric Association
- La Plata Water Conservancy District
- La Plata West Water Authority
- Lake Durango Water Authority
- Mancos Conservation District
- Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company
- Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District
- Pine River Irrigation District
- San Juan Water Conservancy District
- SGM – Bikis Water Consultants
- Southwestern Water Conservation District
- The Nature Conservancy
- Trout Unlimited
- Town of Silverton
- Town of Telluride
For more information on any of these programs or services, visit the website, call Program Manager Elaine Chick at 970-247-1302 or feel free to stop by at 841 East 2nd Avenue in Durango. Also, follow the Water Information Program on Facebook and Twitter!