Colorado Foundation for Water Education: 2011 President’s Awards Reception April 8

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Here’s the announcement from the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. From the website:

Each year the Foundation’s Board of Trustees solicits nominations from our members for our annual President’s Award. The award is bestowed on a Coloradoan who meets a predetermined set of criteria, including: a body of work in the field of water resources benefitting the Colorado public; reputation among peers; commitment to balanced and accurate information; geographical, gender, ethnic, and constituency diversity; among others.
Past recipients include John Fetcher (2007) and Ken and Ruth Wright (2008), and Dick Bratton (2009).The award is presented at an invitational annual reception held each spring in a location appropriate for the recipient…

CFWE’s annual reception promises to be a fun and entertaining event. Join us on Friday, April 8 at the NCAR Mesa Lab in Boulder. CFWE has the privilege to honor two professionals who exemplify what it means to be a water leader in Colorado. Congratulations to State Climatologist Nolan Doesken, receiving the President’s Award and Hannah Holm of Mesa County Water Association, receiving the Emerging Leader Award.

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More coverage from Sharon Sullivan writing for the Grand Junction Free Press. From the article:

Hannah Holm is coordinator of the Mesa County Water Association, an organization that offers an annual water course series to educate the public on water issues affecting the Western Slope. Holm will be given the Emerging Leader award at the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s annual meeting in Boulder April 8. Holm has been working with Mesa State College faculty and an advisory board comprised of industry, water providers, scientists, farmers and policymakers to establish a Water Center at the college to provide education and facilitate research on emerging water issues facing the region — from the Western Slope perspective. Field trips and a website of published water articles could also be offered at the center…

Water has been transferred from the Western Slope to the Front Range for the past 100 years. Additional transmountain diversions could be possible in the future to meet Eastern Slope demands for water, Holm said. “There’s controversy over how mush water is left in the Colorado River to develop,” Holm said. “There has already been a lot of impacts to the headwaters. There are some streams that just don’t flow anymore. Others are diminished.” Also, diversions take the best water, she said. “The pristine, high quality snow melt — it takes off a good chunk of that, reducing the ability to dilute salts and other materials,” that otherwise end up in the river, she said…

“The whole purpose of the Water Center is to help our region be as smart as it can be, because we’re going to have to be smart, and work together — whether our priorities are for environmental health, agriculture, or keeping our lawns green,” Holm said.

More Colorado Foundation for Water Education coverage here.

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