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by Terry Scanga and Chelsey Nutter, Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District

In 2017, the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District developed a comprehensive education plan to help us expand our outreach and education efforts. We, as your local water district, want to better engage the public through well-informed discourse regarding local water management and to offer educational programming and resources in the Upper Arkansas Basin.

The Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District has served your communities for over 40 years, and we would like the opportunity to share with you what we have learned. We believe that education is the key to building successful projects for the future to effectively and efficiently manage our most precious resource – water.

In the last year, following the development of our education plan, the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District has built various education programs to assist in the education on water-related topics in the community. We now offer, here in this publication and in others around the region, a monthly water education column. It is here that we talk about new projects, essential funding sources and potential solutions to our water challenges.

We’ve also created educational literature available at our office for pick-up and hosted water education events throughout the area, including documentaries and our annual Water Fest, a family-friendly water education event, in Buena Vista and Salida.

Most recently, we have launched a new educational website full of information. We provide many resources on the site, including a water resource data section where visitors may view information related to stream discharge, reservoir contents, water temperature and weather conditions. We also have a comprehensive listing of links and resources, a blog where we will continue to feature news related to local water issues and information regarding water administration and storage projects.

View our new Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District website.

In 2019, the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District will continue to build upon our water education programs and opportunities. An understanding of water history, law and administration are essential to developing solutions to our future water challenges.

We strive to provide the groundwork for this type of water education, in turn building a more informed community. If you have any questions or if there is something you’d like to learn more about, please contact Chelsey at 719-539-5425 and let us know. We’d enjoy hearing from you.