Annual Poudre River Forum 

Poudre River Forum Committee

Eric Brown, Northern Water
John Stokes, Poudre Runs Through It
Patrick McMeekin, Hartford Homes and Poudre Runs Through It
Greg Peterson, Colorado Ag Water Alliance
Karen Scopel, City of Greeley Natural Areas & Trails Division and Poudre Heritage Alliance

2023 Poudre Pioneer Award

Each year, the PRTI and the Poudre River Forum Planning Committee seek nominations for this distinguished award. As part of the Forum, we recognize and honor those who have helped to support making the Cache la Poudre River an excellent example of a healthy, working river.Each year, the PRTI and the Poudre River Forum Planning Committee seek nominations for this distinguished award. As part of the Forum, we recognize and honor those who have helped to support making the Cache la Poudre River an excellent example of a healthy, working river.

Learn more about the award process

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Poudre River Forum Archive

2019

HEALTHY WORKING RIVER: PUZZLES ON THE POUDRE—AN OVERVIEW OF TODAY’S PROGRAM

What are some of those puzzles? How do different interests work together on those puzzles to get water down from the mountains out onto the plains for agriculture and urban use, and how do we keep the river healthy along the way?

WATER RIGHTS PUZZLE ON THE POUDRE – Video

2018

WHO’S HERE TODAY – CLICKER RESULTS – Presentation THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS – Presentation CAN “LISTENING TO UNDERSTAND” MAKE OUR WATER TALK MORE PRODUCTIVE? – Presentation

Martín Carcasson, CSU Professor, and Director, Center for Public Deliberation- Video

CAN WE GROW WATER SMART? – Video

  • Greg Johnson, Chief, Water Supply Planning Section, Colorado Water Conservation Board – Presentation
  • Mike Schied, General Manager, East Larimer County Water District | Carol Webb, City of Fort Collins Water Resources and Treatment Operations Manager – Presentation
  • Kerri Rollins, Larimer County Open Lands Program Manager – Presentation

POUDRE SPLASHES: SNAPSHOTS FROM 2017 – Video

Corey Odell, Sustainability Coordinator, Odell Brewing Company

WHAT ARE POUDRE AG PRODUCERS DOING TO IMPROVE WATER QUALITY?

  • Jon Slutsky, owner of a La Luna Dairy in Wellington and a member of the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission – Presentation
  • Colorado Ag Water Quality – Best Management Practices for Colorado Ag – Video
  • Mark Sponsler, Executive Director of Colorado Corn Growers – Video

2017

IF A TREE FALLS IN THE (POUDRE) FOREST WILL WE HEAR IT ON THE (POUDRE) PLAINS? – Video – Presentation

Joe Duda, Deputy State Forester, Colorado State Forest Jill Oropeza, Watershed Program Manager, City of Fort Collins Utilities Laurie Huckaby, Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service Facilitator: Brad Piehl, Forest Hydrologist, JW Associates

MY HOW THE POUDRE HAS CHANGED! – Video AS THE POUDRE FLOWS THROUGH GREELEY – MARKETING THE STEWARDSHIP MESSAGE – Video

Harold Evans, Chairman of Water and Sewer Board, City of Greeley

AS THE POUDRE FLOWS THROUGH FORT COLLINS – AN ECOLOGICAL REPORT CARD – Presentation

Jen Shanahan, Environmental Planner, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas

POUDRE SPLASHES: SNAPSHOTS FROM 2016 – Video – Presentation

Produced by Corey Odell, Sustainability Coordinator, Odell Brewing Co.

KEYNOTE: FINDING THE BALANCE: MANAGING WATER FOR PEOPLE AND NATURE – Video – Presentation

Brian Richter, Chief Scientist, Global Water Program, The Nature Conservancy, DC Introduction/Facilitator: John Stokes, Director, City of Fort Collins Natural Areas

ADAPTING THROUGH AND FOR CHANGE ON THE POUDRE RIVER – Video

Dale Trowbridge General Manager, New Cache La Poudre Irrigating Company – Presentation Eric Reckentine, Deputy Director, Water Resources, City of Greeley Water and Sewer – Presentation John Sanderson, Director of Science, Nature Conservancy of Colorado – Presentation Facilitator: John Bartholow, Retired U.S. Geological Survey’s Biological Division-Fort Collins

LET’S HEAR FROM THE POUDRE’S PEOPLE – Video ABOUT CONFLICT AND BRAIN SCIENCE – Presentation

Martin Carcasson, Professor, CSU Communication Studies

LET’S HEAR FROM THE POUDRE’S PEOPLE – CLICKER RESULTS – Presentation CLOSING INPUT AND FEEDBACK – CLICKER RESULTS – Presentation

2016

NEXUS OF AGRICULTURE & THE POUDRE RIVER: CURRENT REALITIES & PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE – Video

  • Rod Weimer, Farm Manager, Fagerberg Produce
  • Luke Lind, President and CEO, J&F Oklahoma Holdings Inc.
  • Casey DeHaan, Owner, Great Western Dairy
  • Amy Kafka, Creator, Garden Sweet
  • Tom Trout, Agricultural Engineer & Collaborator, USDA-ARS
  • Moderator: Luke Runyon, Reporter, Harvest Public Media based at KUNC in Northern Colorado

YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A DITCH COMPANY – Video

Video by Eric Brown, Communications Director, Colorado Corn

KEYNOTE – A STORY OF AGRICULTURAL/ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION ON WYOMING’S LITTLE SNAKE RIVER – Video

Patrick O’Toole, President, Family Farm Alliance

CHALLENGES OF PURSUING WATER PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES: KEY INGREDIENTS AND LESSONS FOR SUCCESS – Video

  • Dan Luecke, Hydrologist and Environmental Scientist, Consultant to the U.S. Dept of Justice, Western Resources Advocates and Trout Unlimited
  • Amelia (Mely) Whiting, Legal Counsel, Trout Unlimited
  • Dave Little, Former Director of Planning, Denver Water
  • Pete Taylor, Professor, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University
  • Moderator: Kevin Duggan, Senior Reporter, Fort Collins Coloradoan

CLOSING THOUGHTS – Video

Reagan Waskom, Director, Colorado Water Institute, Colorado State University

2015

IF WE’RE GOING TO GROW, HOW CAN WE GROW IN A WATER-SMART WAY? – Video

Donnie Dustin, Water Resources Manager, City of Fort Collins Utilities | Fort Collins Utilities Water Supplies and Demand Management – Presentation Eric Reckentine, Deputy Director of Water Resources, City of Greeley Water & Sewer | City of Greeley Water Conservation Plan – Presentation Becky Fedak, Engineer and Water Practice Lead, The Brendle Group | An Overview of a Net Zero Water Planning Toolkit – Presentation Paul Lander, Principal: The Dakota Ridge Partnership, Alliance for Water Efficiency | Water Budgets for Colorado Landscapes – Presentation

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: STORIES OF RIVER COOPERATION – CAN WE WRITE ONE FOR THE POUDRE? – Presentation – Video

Amy Beatie, Director, Colorado Water Trust Colorado Water Trust Short Video

PROSPECTIVE POUDRE PROJECTS: PURSUING PERMITS – Presentation – Video

Deb Freeman, Colorado Water Attorney, Trout, Raley, Montano, Witwer & Freeman, P.C.

THE URBAN RIVER: WHAT ARE WE DOING TO EMBRACE THE POUDRE AS IT FLOWS THROUGH OUR COMMUNITIES? – Presentation – Video

Jeffery Boring, Resource Specialist, Larimer County Natural Resources Department

HERE TODAY BUT GONE TOMORROW? BUYING AND SELLING WATER IN THE POUDRE BASIN – Video

James Pritchett, Agricultural Economist and Assistant Vice President, CSU Office of Engagement

AUDIENCE DIALOGUE Q&A – Video

James Pritchett, Agricultural Economist and Assistant Vice President, CSU Office of Engagement

CLOSING REMARKS

Reagan Waskom, Director, Colorado Water Institute MaryLou Smith, Policy & Collaboration Specialist, Colorado Water Institute

2014

PRTI WORKING RIVER/HEALTHY RIVER FACILITATED DIALOGUE

  • Dan Brown, Attorney, Fischer, Brown, Bartlett & Gunn, P.C. for Cache La Poudre Water Users
  • John Stokes, Natural Areas Department & Poudre River Sustainability Director, City of Fort Collins
  • John Bartholow, Ecologist, Retired USGS
  • Dale Trowbridge, General Manager, New Cache La Poudre Irrigation Co. & Cache La Poudre Reservoir Co.
  • Doug Robotham, Colorado Water Project Director, The Nature Conservancy
  • Facilitated by Reagan Waskom, Director, Colorado Water Institute
  • Facilitated by MaryLou Smith, Policy and Collaboration Specialist, Colorado Water Institute

WORKING RIVER – SERIES OF SPRING RUNOFFS: QUICK BUT CRITICAL INSIGHTS INTO THE POUDRE RIVER – Video

KEYNOTE – THE POUDRE’S CRUX & FLUX – Presentation – Video

Greg Hobbs, Colorado Supreme Court Justice

HEALTHY RIVER – SERIES OF SPRING RUNOFFS: QUICK BUT CRITICAL INSIGHTS INTO THE POUDRE RIVER – Video

FLOODS & FIRES: EXTRAORDINARY CHALLENGES FOR THE POUDRE RIVER – Video

  • Eric Reckentine, Deputy Director of Water Resources, City of Greeley Water and Sewer, and Coalition for the Poudre River
  • Todd Boldt, District Conservationist USDA-NRCS, Fort Collins Field Office
  • Nolan Doesken, State Climatologist, Colorado Climate Center, Colorado State University
  • George Wallace, Ag Producer and Irrigator, North Poudre Irrigation Company, and Larimer County Ag Advisory Board
  • Facilitated by Ken Kehmeier, Sr. Aquatic Biologist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife

PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER

Reagan Waskom, Director, Colorado Water Institute

CELEBRATION OF THE POUDRE

Poudre River Irregulars Jazz Band