Boulder children’s water festival recap: ‘This is a great way to talk in very concrete ways about a natural resource that kids use every day’ — Sam Messier (Boulder Valley)

bouderchildrenswaterfestivalmay2012dailycamera.jpg

From the Boulder Daily Camera (Amy Bounds):

“We don’t really have a lot of good drinking water,” said Joey DeYoung, a fifth-grader at Boulder’s Crest View. “We can’t waste it.”

Participants include Boulder’s water and open space and departments, Boulder County Parks and Open Space, CU Science Discovery, Growing Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, CU’s Museum of Natural History, the U.S. Geological Survey and local musicians and artists. Sponsors are the city of Boulder, the Keep it Clean Partnership, Northern Water, CU’s Office of Community Relations and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Nearly 19,000 Boulder Valley students have attended since the festival’s inception in 1992. Participating students attend a series of four or five 25-minute-long classes taught by about 30 science educators…

Sam Messier, Boulder Valley’s science coordinator, said the program does a good job of aligning with the district’s curriculum and the new state standards, which emphasize natural resources in fifth grade.

“Water is certainly an important resource in Colorado,” she said. “This is a great way to talk in very concrete ways about a natural resource that kids use every day.”

More education coverage here and here.

Northern Water ups the Colorado-Big Thompson quota to 100%, lets hear it for storage

coloradobigthompsonprojecteastslopesystemncwcd.jpg

Here’s the release from the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District (Brian Werner):

A 100 percent quota for Colorado-Big Thompson Project water was approved today by the Northern Water Board of Directors. Their decision bolsters this year’s C-BT water supplies by 31,000 acre feet with a 10 percent increase from the quota set in April.

Despite paltry snowpack and dismal streamflow forecasts, recent abundant water years replenished C-BT reservoirs enough to give directors the option to increase the quota for a second time this year, demonstrating the value of reservoir storage.

Directors based their decision on the agricultural community’s needs for more water as they plan for the crop-growing season. The board concluded that this is the type of year when a 100 percent quota is needed, based on record-low snowpack readings and streamflow forecasts similar to the drought of 2002.

“The smaller agricultural producers need this water this year,” said Don Magnuson, director from Weld County. “We have an obligation to take care of the little guys.”

The C-BT quota sets the percentage of an acre foot that a C-BT allottee will receive during the current water year for every unit of C-BT water the allottee owns. The 100 percent quota means that each unit will yield one acre foot. This is the tenth time the water year’s total quota has reached 100 percent in the C-BT Project’s 55-year history of full water deliveries.

From the Associated Press via CBSDenver.com:

On Friday, the district’s board of directors approved a 100 percent quota so that project allottees can collect a full acre-foot of water for every unit of project water that they own…District directors say they decided to boost the quota from 90 percent in April because they’re concerned about farmers who will need more water after a dry, mild winter.

More Colorado-Big Thompson Project coverage here.