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Extension, USDA to sponsor water webinar

Colorado’s unique situation as a headwaters state provides the backdrop for diverse issues and concerns related to a most precious resource: water. Rural landowners in Colorado can benefit from understanding how water resources are utilized. A four-part online series will highlight water conservation practices that won’t compromise crop production or livestock health.

The water situation in Colorado is rapidly changing and dynamic and understanding how to adaptively manage this finite resource to yield the most benefit will ensure this water is available for everyone’s use in the future. Colorado State University Extension, in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, is hosting a “Water Education Webinar Series” to help landowners understand these contentious issues and provide ideas and recommendations to help ensure water security.

In these free online webinars (offered from noon to 1 p.m.) participants will learn:

• The Colorado Doctrine and tips to ensure the protection of your water rights (July 27).

• Colorado climate and drought trends now and in the future (Aug. 2).

• Water administration, urban versus agricultural use, water quality implications (Aug. 15).

• Waterwise landscape solutions and recommended plant materials for use (Aug. 23).

Although these webinars are especially designed for small acreage landowners, anyone who owns or manages rural land will learn useful tips on how to manage water resources. Presenters include CSU state climatologist Nolan Doesken, CSU Extension water specialist for the Western Region, Denis Reich and horticulture Extension agent Robert Cox, and Aaron Clay, former water referee for the Colorado Water Court.

The webinars are broadcast live and anyone with an Internet connection can interactively view them and ask the experts questions during the presentation.

For more information and to sign up for any and all of these webinars visit: www.ext.colostate.edu/sam/.

The session will also be recorded and viewable anytime through this link.

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