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Extension schedules gardening, small acreage webinars

By Jim Smith
SUN Columnist

Three informative webinars have been scheduled in April.

A webinar is an online seminar. You can participate from any computer with Internet access.

The first — No-water Gardening for Higher Elevations (above 7,500 feet) — will be held noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 2.

Colorado water rights can be frustrating for the mountain homeowner. For example, there are no outdoor water rights for houses with wells drilled after May 8, 1972 on less than 35 acres. In this webinar, learn techniques that allow you to grow beautiful ornamentals (and even vegetables) without violating water rights restrictions. Presented by Irene Shonle, CSU Extension Director in Gilpin County.

To register for this free webinar, click on the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Y1r8ruH8rUT1-AgkldAxp3eGuqGu0so33_WTZjnVolo/viewform.

The second webinar — Assessing Your Small Acreage for Water Quality and Environmental Protection — will run noon-1 p.m. Thursday, April 11.

Learn how to protect water quality on your property. We will discuss common water quality concerns related to private wells, pesticide and chemical handling, animal manure management, and oil and gas. Presented by Eric Wardle, CSU Soil and Crops Research Associate and Troy Bauder, Water Quality Specialist in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at CSU.

To register for this free webinar, click on the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ktVPwFK8td_4whnOAJ_sUfdrJ20NrS6h1cPMz9OEHVg/viewform.

The final session is Water Wells & Oil/Gas Reserves in Northeastern Colorado, set for noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, April 23.

Geologist Al Albin, of USDA-NRCS, will discuss the geologic history of Northeastern Colorado and how it relates to water wells and water availability. We will learn about aquifers and specifically focus on the aquifers of the Denver Basin and the Ogallala aquifer. Albin will also give an introduction to the Niobrara Formation, a major target for oil and natural gas drilling in Colorado.

To register for this free webinar, click on the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Jd0iNAcK16jPeh3VbINoeJIMSpaGIoRl3XCvZbu0eNg/viewform.

Registration links can also be found under Hot Topics at www.ext.colostate.edu/sam.

Contact jennifer.cook@colostate.edu with questions.

 Calendar

March 28 — Colorado Master Gardener Program, 9 a.m.

March 28 — 4-H Lamb Project meeting, 4 p.m.

March 28 — 4-H Goat Project meeting, 5 p.m.

March 28 — 4-H Swine Project meeting, 6 p.m.

March 28 — 4-H Steer Project meeting, 6:30 p.m.

March 29 — Extension Office closed at noon.

March 29 — Pathfinders, 6 p.m.

April 1 — 4-H Shooting Sports Project meeting, 4 p.m.

April 2 — 4-H Sewing Project meeting, 4 p.m.

April 2 — 4-H Colorado Kids Club meeting, 6:30 p.m.

April 3 — 4-H Sportsfishing Project meeting, 4 p.m.

April 3 — 4-H Sewing Project meeting, 4 p.m.

April 3 — 4-H Pagosa Peaks Club meeting, 6 p.m.

April 4 — 4-H Shady Pine Club meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Check out our webpage at www.archuleta.colostate.edu for calendar events and information.

This story was posted on March 28, 2013.