Education  August 14, 2023

Water-education series on tap in Larimer

FORT COLLINS — Larimer County commissioners and Colorado State University’s Colorado Water Center are launching a four-month series of interactive sessions to provide insights into water-related issues and initiatives that impact the county, its residents and businesses.

The Larimer County Water Education Series will feature four distinct sessions, one each month from August until November, each focusing on a specific water-management and conservation topic. Through presentations, panel discussions, and question-and-answer sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with regional water experts and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing Larimer County’s water resources.

The schedule, announced Monday, is as follows:

  • Water Supply and Risks: 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Larimer County Administrative Services Building, 200 W. Oak St., Fort Collins.
  • Water Conservation and Sharing: 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Larimer County Loveland Campus, 200 Peridot Ave., Loveland.
  • Watershed Health and Instream Flows: 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 18  at the Larimer County Loveland Campus.
  • What’s Next for Larimer County Water: 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Larimer County Administrative Services Building.

Each session will include a Water 101 introduction, presentations from regional experts, a panel discussion, and an open Q-and-A session. Sessions will be held in person and recorded, and the Fort Collins sessions will be live-streamed at to accommodate both in-person attendees and those who prefer to participate remotely.

“We are thrilled to bring the Larimer County Water Education Series to our community,” Lesli Ellis, Larimer County’s director of community planning, infrastructure and resources, said in a prepared statement. “Water is a precious resource that affects every aspect of our lives, and these sessions will empower residents with knowledge and tools to contribute positively to the sustainable management of our water resources.”

Added Karen Schlatter, a spokesperson for the Colorado Water Center, “We are committed to fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange between community members, decision-makers, and experts. The Water Education Series provides a platform to engage with local water issues, community-based perspectives and innovative solutions.”

CSU’s Colorado Water Center leads interdisciplinary research, education and outreach programs to address complex and evolving water-related challenges in Colorado and beyond by fostering collaboration between higher education and water stakeholders, and synthesizing water research findings to inform decision-making and policy.

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