Water in the 21st Century is the theme of Denver’s first live VR art show — Feb. 6, 2017

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Say hello to WildWorldCreative.com. They’re VR art show is Thursday, February 6, 2017, Syntax Psychic Opera – 554 South Broadway – Denver CO. Click on the link to register and to view the multi-media. Here’s an excerpt:

Robert F Kennedy, Jr. calls our access to water “the biggest environmental and political challenge of our time.” Four hundred million people depend on it, yet there’s little conversation happening about it. The artists will be painting in VR to demonstrate how water will be one of the forces that will drive much of 21st century history.

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Ebbing Away: Latest land “subsidence” monitoring report finds lower ground levels and fissures in some regions of Arizona

Arizona Water News

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The problem of land subsidence in Arizona – the lowering in elevation of land-surface levels, largely the result of groundwater extraction – is a decidedly mixed bag, the Arizona Department of Water Resources is discovering.

Thanks to decreased groundwater pumping in the Phoenix and Tucson Active Management Areas, for example, subsidence rates in many areas of those AMAs have decreased between 25 and 90 percent compared to rates in the 1990s.

That is just one of the major findings of the department’s recent “Land Subsidence Monitoring Report No. 3,” released earlier this month.

And it’s the news from the happy side of the bag.

On the opposite side, land subsidence statewide is proving to be an increasingly serious challenge that is causing problems for infrastructure in some areas. And it is proving to be a headache even in certain parts of active-management areas.

Monitoring for subsidence

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The January 2017 “Headwaters Pulse” is hot off the presses from @CFWEWater

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Click here to read the newsletter. Here’s an excerpt:

Across the country, drinking water crises are making the news—from toxic algae to lead poisoning to a growing number of communities facing contamination from a class of manmade chemicals known as perfluorinated compounds or PFCs—raising concerns about whether the nation’s current drinking water regulations do enough to protect us.

While there are clear rules pertaining to 93 federally regulated drinking water contaminants, there are no national drinking water standards for algal cyanotoxins, PFCs, or a host of other potentially harmful unregulated contaminants of emerging concern.

Read this article and more in the recently-released issue of Headwaters magazine, where we explore the connection between public health and water, the regulations in place to keep us safe, and the question of whether those go far enough.

Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s New Executive Director, Jayla Poppleton! — Greg Hobbs

Sometimes you go
round and round,

search and search,
and come back

home!

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Greg Hobbs 1/11/2017

From email from Eric Hecox:

I am pleased to share the exciting news that the Colorado Foundation for Water Education has a new Executive Director, and we welcome our very own Jayla Poppleton into that leadership role.

Many of you know Jayla as the longtime editor of Headwaters magazine. As senior editor for Headwaters since 2009, Jayla’s vision, creativity, and dedication to excellence have made CFWE’s flagship publication an invaluable resource for Colorado’s water community. In addition to Headwaters, Jayla previously oversaw CFWE’s full suite of print and digital content. During her tenure with CFWE, Jayla has established a significant network in Colorado’s water community, building relationships with members and fostering partnerships and donor relationships. She has continued to play an increasingly valuable role in strategic organizational decisions for the Foundation.

Last year, Jayla completed the CFWE Water Leaders program, further developing her own leadership skills and also gaining insight into delivering that longstanding program at a superior level. Jayla brings the strong programmatic knowledge as well as the leadership and management qualities needed to uphold CFWE’s track record of delivering excellent programs that inform, engage and inspire Coloradans toward meaningful involvement with local and statewide water issues.

Jayla’s personal strengths combined with her passion for growing and equipping Colorado’s water stewards make her appointment as the new leader of CFWE a great opportunity for the Foundation and broader water community. Jayla brings a deep understanding and commitment to CFWE’s mission and has many thoughtful ideas for moving the Foundation forward strongly. I encourage you to reach out and meet Jayla if you haven’t already, and to share your thoughts about the future direction of CFWE. Jayla and the rest of the Foundation’s staff will be hosting an “open house” session at 9:00-9:30 am during the Wednesday workshops on Jan. 25 at Colorado Water Congress’ annual convention, which would be a great opportunity to stop by and say hello.

We are so excited to have Jayla in this role and look forward to working with her, in partnership with the water community, to usher in the next chapter of CFWE’s work to provide impactful water education in Colorado. Please join me in welcoming Jayla as CFWE’s new Executive Director!

53rd annual Colorado Farm Show January 24-26, 2017

Click here to go to the Colorado Farm Show website for more information and to register.

Here’s an introduction from Rona Johnson writing for The Fence Post:

The 53rd annual Colorado Farm Show is all about agricultural production, education and innovation and is designed to resonate with farmers, ranchers and consumers.

The theme, Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food, stems from the farm show organizers’ commitment to educating the consumer about agriculture, said spokesman Erich Ehrlich.

“And for Colorado, it’s right in their backyard,” he said. “The state’s heritage and history are rich in agriculture and we want to make sure people know and understand that agriculture is alive and well.”

Ehrlich also wants people in Colorado to understand that the benefits of the state’s agricultural industry are not limited to this area.

“A lot of people don’t realize that Colorado is one of the largest exporting states in the union,” Ehrlich said.

A topic of international interest is the changing climate. Dave Aguilera, a meteorologist with CBS4 Denver KCNC-TV, will kick off a panel that will address climate, atmospheric science, water and nitrogen fertilizer. Brad Udall, of the Colorado Water Institute will moderate the discussion among state climatologist Nolan Doesken, Scott Denning, professor in the Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science, John Stulp, special policy advisor to the governor on water and Raj Khosla, CSU College of Agriculture professor.

The farm show, which will be held Jan. 24-26 at Island Grove Park in Greeley, covers topics of interest to everyone, including the future of dairy development, markets for fruit and vegetable growers, processing hemp into value-added products, the current supply and demand situation for beef producers and drafting and enforcing leases for landowners and hunters.

Organizers of this year’s event are introducing a new program on Jan. 26 called Colorado Ag Education Day. Topics covered at this event are GMO, antibiotic use in livestock, the Colorado Farm to School Program, irrigation and drones.

“We are introducing this as a first-year event so we are excited about that, Ehrlich said.

Erhlich added that the event has more than 300 exhibitors and vendors. And all three days are free and open to the public.

For more information on the Colorado Farm Show, go to http://coloradofarmshow.com.

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Water Challenges for Young Western Farmers

Your Water Colorado Blog

When you hear the word “farmer,” what is the first thing that comes to mind? Most people have a preconceived notion of what farming looks like, as well as what is involved in the actual practice of farming. While the average age of an American farmer is 58, and farmers over the age of 65 outnumber farmers under 35 by a ratio of six-to-one, the next generation of farmers is emerging across the country. Their work is yielding joys and challenges previously not experienced, as young farmers face a future impacted by drought, climate change and increasing municipal demands on water supplies.

This recent crop of innovative young farmers is featured in the newly released short film Conservation Generation, presented by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), an organization that “represents, mobilizes, and engages young farmers to ensure their success.” The four young farmers featured in Conservation Generation are…

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Busy water author explains water “collaboration” in the Southwest

Arizona Water News

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And just who is the busiest water writer out there?

Not much argument that it’s John Fleck, longtime author of an authoritative blog on water in the Southwest ( http://www.inkstain.net/fleck/ ), former water reporter for the Albuquerque Journal, and author of an influential new book on water in the arid West, Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths about Water in the West.

None of those credentials, however, are evidence of Fleck’s breakneck schedule in recent months.

In August, Fleck was named director of the University of New Mexico’s Water Resources program. He already had served at UNM as a professor of Practice in Water Policy and Governance.

In December, Fleck served on a panel titled “communicating the drought” at the Colorado River Water Users Association meetings in Las Vegas.

Now, he’s in Tempe, where he spoke at an event organized by a trio of Arizona State…

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