January Stakeholder Meeting - Snow Course Demonstration
A snow course is a permanent site where manual measurements of snow depth and snow water equivalent are taken by trained observers. Data collected at these sites provide important information related to forecasting water supplies among other indicators. On Friday, January 31st, the Council will be hosting a demonstration to show how snow courses are set up, sampled, and evaluated. Details of the meeting are forthcoming, but we are hoping to conduct the demonstration in the vicinity of Rifle. Look for a special invitation to this event sometime in January.
Officially a Nonprofit
The Council filed as a Colorado nonprofit entity on December 17th while the new Board of Directors held its first meeting the following day! Board Directors and Officers were elected as follows:
Other parties interested in serving on the Board are encouraged to inquire. The composition of the Board is intended to reflect the geographic and sector diversity of the watershed, including residents, landowners, agricultural users, recreational users, industrial users, governments/agencies (federal, state, and local), water treatment/suppliers, etc.
- George Wear, Chair and President
- Donna Gray, Vice President
- Angie Fowler, Secretary
- Hannah Klausman, Treasurer
- Morgan Hill, Director
- Nicole Garrimone-Campagne, Director
- Patrick McCarty, Director
Grant Funding from Garfield County
At its October 2013 meeting, the Garfield Board of County Commissioners approved the Council's request for funding to assist with 2014 activities. This generous grant in the amount of $25,000 was awarded as match for supplemental funding raised from other local and regional stakeholders. Ever dollar raised will be matched by the County up to $25,000. Please consider a donation to the Council to help support our important work into the new year!
The Colorado Basin Roundtable meets monthly at the Glenwood Springs Recreation Center. December's meeting will be held on Monday, December 30, from 12:30 to 4:30. Come participate in forming the Colorado River basin's contribution to the State Water Plan.
Check out the new website at www.midcowatershed.org
. This will be the new "go to" site for information on who we are and what we're doing. New features include a monthly calendar of events and meetings, as well as archives of past meeting minutes with copies of informational presentations and handouts.
Let us know if you have watershed-relevant meetings you would like posted to the site ---- or if you have pictures to share. We welcome new content!
Upcoming Meetings/Events of Interest
The Bookcliff, Mount Sopris & South Side Conservation Districts have a number of planned events coming up. For more information see www.bookcliffcd.org, www.mountsopriscd.org, or www.southsidecd.org.
- Annual Ag Day – January 29 at the New Castle Community Center
- Private Pesticide Applicators License – February 5 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center
- Small Acreage Workshop – February 22 at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. RSVPs are required on these workshops!
- Conservation Tree Sales – Continue through the winter – applications available at our website.