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How is forest and water health managed and why is it important? Week 1/Day 1: Prior Knowledge Question. Denver Metro Water Festival 2014. Healthy Forests Definition Presentation. Forest Health and the Mountain Pine Beetle Resources. Why Healthy Forests Matter. Pine Beetle Study Materials. Forest Health/Forest Fire Exploration. Global Forest Change in the Classroom. Western Water Threatened by Wildfire. Colorado Wildfire Risk Map. Colorado Wildfires Threaten Water Supplies -- National Geographic News. This story is part of a special National Geographic News series on global water issues. Last week, aerial views of Rampart Reservoir, a critical water-storage facility for Colorado Springs, Colorado, showed spot fires billowing tentacles of smoke over the lake’s forested shores.

"It smelled like a big smelly cigar," said Andy Funchess, a water systems field operations manager for the Colorado Springs water utility. Funchess spends his workdays monitoring and maintaining the city’s 25 reservoirs and hundreds of miles of pipeline and canals. As strong winds helped the Waldo Canyon Fire puncture black holes into the evergreen landscape around the reservoir, Funchess gave up on trying to predict the fire’s erratic behavior and was evacuated. The Waldo Canyon Fire, which started 11 days ago and has swept over nearly 18,000 acres, is now 70 percent contained. (See the Denver Post’s real-time fire map.)

“We’ve seen the lingering effects of forest fires in our watersheds,” Chesney said. Water Supply Study. Water: A Zero Sum Game. How Watershed works—Help | ArcGIS for Desktop. Colorado SNOTEL Watershed Time Series Snowpack Graphs | NRCS Colorado. NRCS National Water and Climate Center | Mapper 2.0. Conservation Study Resources for Culminating Activity. Colorado Water Conservation Board. Municipal and Industrial (M&I) Colorado’s population is expected to nearly double to between 8.6 and 10 million people by 2050, with the majority residing in the Arkansas, South Platte and Metro Basins. This population growth will drive a significant need for additional water to meet future M&I demands. Colorado also needs water for Self Supplied Industrial (SSI) uses, including energy, snow making, breweries and other large industries. Colorado’s tremendous energy resources include traditional sources, such as crude oil, natural gas and oil shale, as well as renewable sources, such as geothermal, wind power, solar power and ethanol/biofuels.

According to the Energy Study, oil shale development in northwestern Colorado alone could require up to 170,000 acre feet/year of water development by 2050. Read more about the state’s water supply gap. From Forests to Faucets: Partnership with U.S. Forest Service | Denver Water. As the water provider to 1.4 million people in the Denver metropolitan area, Denver Water directly depends on healthy forests and watersheds. Denver Water’s key collection and delivery infrastructure receives water from snowpack and streams on U.S. Forest Service lands. A partnership has been established between Denver Water and the Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, to accelerate our mutual efforts to improve forest and watershed conditions.

Denver Water and the U.S. Colorado’s forests are critical to the water supply for tens of millions of Americans, billions of dollars of agricultural production and vast economic activity, from California to the Mississippi River. Wildfires and insect infestations have highlighted the need to take aggressive steps to protect forest health. Wildfires The 1996 Buffalo Creek Fire burned 11,900 acres. Insect Infestation. Colorado Shrinks The Risk Of Wildfire With Investments In Watershed Services - Ecosystem Marketplace.

1 January 2015 | Water flowing from Colorado watersheds are critical to many US states. Snowmelt sliding down the Rocky Mountains feeds rivers like the Colorado and Arkansas that supplies western states with a water source. But the catastrophic wildfire that has been tearing through the southwestern state in an increasingly more violent way puts the headwaters of these waterways in jeopardy. The late 1990s and early 2000s saw two fires that together burned 150,000 acres of forestland and dumped 40 years’ worth of sediment into the Strontia Springs Reservoir. Strontia Springs is a key source of water. It helps supply the 1.3 million customers of Denver Water, a water provider, with clean water. Fire suppression has made wildfire intensity that much worse.

Because of these threats-among others-various Colorado water providers have paid over $13 million in watershed investments and forged partnerships to identify and address problems plaguing the state’s forest ecosystems. Water Conservation | Denver Parks and Recreation. Agricultural Water Conservation Clearinghouse. Colorado Agricultural Water Alliance (CAWA) | Department of Agriculture - Main. Jump to navigation Colorado Agricultural Water Alliance (CAWA) The Colorado Agricultural Water Alliance (CAWA) is an association of agricultural organizations committed to the preservation of irrigated agriculture through the wise use of Colorado's water resources.

Additional Resources Meeting Colorado's Future Water Supply Needs (980 KB) CAWA Brochure: Can agricultural water conservation and efficiency provide the water needed for Colorado's future? 0inShare النص الأصلي المساهمة بترجمة أفضل. Colorado projects to help reduce risk to water supplies from wildland fires | US Forest Service. LOVELAND, COLO. , JULY 25, 2014 AT 2:00 PM EDT - As part of President Obama's Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution while better preparing the nation for the impacts of climate, like longer, hotter and drier wildfire seasons, Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael Connor today visited northern Colorado to see firsthand the efforts to protect the Colorado-Big Thompson Project water system, and announce an additional $187,500 for Colorado-area projects.

His visit comes one year after a key partnership was announced (link is external) to protect the important watershed area from the effects of wildfire. The area has experienced several wildland fires in the past few years, including the destructive High Park Fire in June 2012. "A year ago this month, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack came to Colorado to sign the Western Watershed Enhancement Partnership Memorandum of Understanding," said Deputy Secretary Connor.

One World One Water Center | One World One Water Center | MSU Denver. Mission Statement‌ The One World One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship at Metropolitan State University of Denver strives to prepare an educated, empowered, solution-oriented Colorado citizenry to protect and preserve our precious water resources. MSU Denver fulfills the mission in three ways: Offer an interdisciplinary, hands-on Water Studies minor for students from diverse backgrounds and in any major;Provide co-curricular enrichment activities to the entire student population of the Auraria Campus, which includes MSU Denver, the University of Colorado – Denver, and the Community College of Denver;Enhance water stewardship on and beyond campus for the effective use of water resources.

The Water Studies Minor will provide students with skills necessary to become more knowledgeable of Colorado’s limited water resources, and how to preserve this most precious resource. Celebration of Learning. Denver Metro Water Festival - Denver youth water festival.