Join us for a day of learning and dialogue
For the fourth year running, the Poudre River Forum brings together people all along the Poudre to learn more about the river and to celebrate it. The annual forum is an action initiative of the Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group (PRTI)—about 25 citizen experts representing a diversity of interests who study the Poudre River and formulate cooperative actions based on what they learn. Meeting since 2012, the group’s agricultural, urban, and environmental members continue to build strong relationships to enact their motto: “Let’s Make the Poudre River the World’s Best Example of a Healthy Working River.” Facilitated by the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University, PRTI acts to improve the health of the Poudre River while recognizing its value as a working river—meeting the demands of diverse users.
In February 2017, after three years of hosting the Forum at the Larimer County Fairgrounds, we are moving down the river to Greeley – and the Island Grove Events Center – to remind everyone that the Poudre River is important to the full span of those of us who enjoy its waters—from its headwaters all the way to the confluence with the South Platte. We will be making the connection between the health of upper watershed forests and the high quality and quantity of water our communities count on for agricultural produce, fishing and boating, water to drink from the tap (and as beer), and for trees and urban landscapes. We will also be exploring how three sectors – agriculture, urban and environment – understand and plan for variability and uncertainties.
We’re pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Brian Richter, Chief Scientist, Water Program of The Nature Conservancy (D.C.), and author of Chasing Water: A Guide for Moving from Scarcity to Sustainability (2014).
You can access the written program and video footage from last year at http://bit.ly/2e2qZqK and here are what past participants have reported:
- The nice thing about the Poudre River Forum is that it always attracts a diverse crowd—educators, townspeople, researchers, environmentalists, water utility folks—and local
- “I like the opportunity to meet those who are equally passionate about the Poudre River, whether they are ‘like-minded’ or think about it differently from me.”
- “The Forum is about communication, coming together, a focus on resolution and the future of the Poudre and all entities who have an interest in it.”
We anticipate over 250 participants and 40 sponsors in 2017. If you are interested to sponsor or point us to contacts for support or participation, please contact us at the email above. And we hope to see you there … registration is now open at prti.colostate.edu/PoudreRiverForum