Colorado Water 2012: The Custer County Library District is planning a special water display from May 15 – 25


From The Wet Mountain Tribune:

From May 15 through May 25, the West Custer County Library District will be hosting a water display and film to commemorate the 75th anniversary of legislation regarding management of Colorado’s water resources. Partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Custer Conservation District, and the CSU Extension office, the Library is participating in Governor Hickenlooper’s “Year of Water” project.

Library director Marty Frick explains that “Colorado Water 2012” is the governor’s idea for celebrating the creation of water organizations from the three-quarter century old legislation. In a state almost entirely defined as desert or semi desert, water is precious—perhaps one of the most controversial assets the state has. Hickenlooper partnered with the Supreme Court, Colorado Art Institute and libraries across the state to create the travelling eight-foot long triptych accompanied with the film, “The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?”

In addition to statewide information about water and The West, the display will have local information provided by NRCS, the Conservation District, and the CSU Extension office.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 16, Custer Conservation District Manager Carol Franta and CSU Extension Agent Robin Young will present the River Trailer Education Program at the Custer County Schools. The River Trailer travels to schools and events to teach children and adults about watersheds, the water cycle, water conservation, and stream bank restoration. It’s a very effective hands-on tool, popular with young and old alike.

A free showing of “The American Southwest: Are We Running Dry?” is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, at 5 p.m. in the community room adjacent to the library, 209 Main St. in Westcliffe. The 80 minute movie will inform viewers about water reuse, consequences of urban growth, water policy and solutions such as desalination, rainwater harvesting and green construction.

Stop by the library to see the water display during regular library hours, Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Call 783-9138 for more information.

More Colorado Water 2012 coverage here.

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