Annual Poudre River Forum

Dear Supporters and Attendees of the Poudre River Forum,

The Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group and the Poudre River Forum Committee are considering plans for a 2022 Forum. We feel that feel face-to-face interaction and relationship building are the most important aspects of the Forum and part of what makes this event worthy of your time and support. We appreciate your patience and look forward to coming together in the future for the 8th Annual Poudre River Forum. 

In the meantime, you can engage in Poudre River activities by visiting the websites of our speakers, sponsors, and displayers from past year’s events. If you missed a previous Forum or want to experience old Forums again please visit our Archives Section below. We welcome you to contact us at PoudreRiverForum@gmail.com if you have input or topic/speaker ideas for future Poudre River Forums.

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Poudre River Forum Committee

Eric Brown, Northern Water
Julie Kallenberger, 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

7th Annual Poudre River Forum

Quality Collaborations: Coming Together to Ensure Clean Water for a Healthy, Working River

Friday, February 28, 2020  |  Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center

The Poudre River Forum, an initiative of the Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group (PRTI), brings together those on the Poudre who farm, deliver clean potable water, drink beer, recreate, and advocate for river health to learn from one another and to explore how we can move from conflict to collaboration. Join us for this year’s event to engage with other Poudre River enthusiasts!

Thank you to our 2020 Keynote Speaker Josh Goldstein, Director of Bridge Collaborative

Achieving More Together: Fostering Collaborations for Healthy, Working Rivers

From clean water to energy, wildlife to human health—today’s most pressing challenges are highly interconnected. These local to global connections present profound opportunities to partner in new ways to turn shared risks into collective solutions. Drawing on examples from river systems globally, this presentation will focus on three ingredients that can help collaboratives achieve more through their work together: defining the ‘right’ shared problem to solve, using data and analytics to measure progress towards shared goals, and stretching our perspective on who is needed to find effective solutions. While collaboration is admittedly not easy nor a panacea, it is arguably needed now more than ever to create a future in which rivers can support vibrant communities, thriving economies, and healthy environments.

Josh Goldstein

Congratulations to the 2020 Poudre Pioneer Awardees!

Jeff Burley, Ben Loeffler, and Tim O’Hara for their pioneering work on the Poudre River Whitewater Park

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 Our Awardees

7th Annual Poudre River Forum Program

WELCOME & OVERVIEW

Welcome & Framing the Day
Reagan Waskom, Director, Colorado Water Center
Who’s Here Today?
Emcee, Sean Cronin, Executive Director, St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District

KEEPING IT CLEAN FROM HEADWATERS TO CONFLUENCE

A Historical Perspective of Water Quality in the Poudre River BasinPresentation
Karen Scopel, Environmental Planner, City of Greeley Natural Areas & Trails Division; Board Member, Poudre Heritage Alliance
Water Quality 101: A Basin-Wide PerspectivePresentation
Pat Pfaltzgraff, Director of the Water Quality Control Division, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Implementation of Basinwide Water Quality SolutionsPresentation
Mazdak Arabi, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University

ECOSYSTEM IMPACTS ON WATER QUALITY

Physical Drivers of River Health: Water, Sediment, and Large Wood Presentation
Ellen Wohl, Professor, Department of Geosciences at Colorado State University
Post Fire Impacts to Water Quality Presentation
Chuck Rhoades, Research Biogeochemist, Rocky Mountain Research Station, USFS

ANNUAL POUDRE BASIN ECONOMIC UPDATE, & POUDRE PIONEER AWARD

Annual Economic Update: State of the Poudre’s Water Market – Presentation
Brett Bovee, Intermountain Regional Director, WestWater Research
2020 Poudre Pioneer Award Presentation
Presented by Carol Cochran, Owner, Horse and Dragon Brewing Company; Poudre Runs Through It

QUALITY COLLABORATIONS FOR A HEALTHY, WORKING RIVER

Collaborative Opportunities in the Poudre Basin: Northern Integrated Supply Project Adaptive Management Process
Pete Conovitz, Water Resources Specialist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife; Poudre Runs Through It – Presentation
Esther Vincent, Director of Environmental Services, Northern Water – Presentation
Partnering on Water Quality Across Our Watershed
Moderated by Sean Chambers, Director, City of Greeley Water & Sewer Department – Presentation
Mike Hungenberg, Owner, Hungenberg Produce – Presentation
Jon Slutsky, Partner and General Manager, LaLuna Dairy – Presentation
Dana Winkelman, Unit Leader, Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit – Presentation
Jill Oropeza, Director of Sciences, City of Fort Collins Utilities Water Quality Services Division – Presentation

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Achieving More Together: Fostering Collaborations for Healthy, Working River – Presentation
Josh Goldstein, Director of the Bridge Collaborative, The Nature Conservancy

CLOSING

Emcee, Sean Cronin, Executive Director, St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District

BECOME A SPONSOR OR HOST AN EDUCATIONAL DISPLAY 

The Poudre River Forum is self-sustaining community event that brings together people with diverse voices and concerns to learn about the Poudre River. We expect 300-350 registrants this year. If your organization, company, or institution is interested in participating in this year’s forum, please consider either sponsoring and/or hosting an informational display. There is no charge to host a display, but signup is required through the link below.

2020 Poudre River Forum Sponsorship Levels

Headwaters Sponsor: $3,000+

  • 4 complimentary registrations valued at $240
  • Organization listed on event website, promotional materials, printed program, and recognized the day of the event
  • Guaranteed space for your organization to host a display table

Basin Sponsor: $2,000

  • 3 complimentary registrations valued at $180
  • Organization listed on event website, promotional materials, printed program, and recognized the day of the event
  • Guaranteed space for your organization to host a display table

River Sponsor: $1,000

  • 2 complimentary registrations valued at $120
  • Organization listed on event website, promotional materials, printed program, and recognized the day of the event
  • Guaranteed space for your organization to host a display table

Tributary Sponsor: $500

  • 1 complimentary registration valued at $60
  • Organization listed on event website, promotional materials, printed program, and recognized the day of the event
  • Guaranteed space for your organization to host a display table

Stream Sponsor: $150

  • Organization listed on event website, promotional materials, printed program, and recognized the day of the event

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors!

Headwaters Sponsors

City of Greely
Colorado Water Center

Basin Sponsors

Poudre Heritage Alliance and Poudre River National Heritage Area
City of Fort Collins Natural Areas
Northern Water

River Sponsors

Cache la Poudre Water Users Association
City of Fort Collins Utilities
Fischer, Brown Bartlett & Gunn, P.C.
Morning Fresh Dairy Farm
New Belgium Brewing

Tributary Sponsors 

A Bruce Johnson & Associates
Agri-Enterprises, iNC.
BBA Water Consultants
Center for Collaborative Conservation
Central Colorado Water Conservancy District
Colorado Corn
Colorado Livestock Association
Colorado Water Trust
Ducks Unlimited
Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and Hach Center for Regional Engagement
Logan Simpson
Otak
Rocky Mountain Flycasters Trout Unlimited
Stantec
Stillwater Sciences
Town of Timnath
Westervelt Ecological Services
Town of Windsor Colorado

Stream Sponsors

American Ag Credit
Rocky Mountain Section American Water Works Association
Buena Vida Farm
Caring fgor Our Watersheds Poudre Learning Center

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City of Fort Collins Parks Department
First Farm Bank
Martin and Wood Water Consultants, Inc.
Olsson
Otis and Bedingfield

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Platte River Power Authority
Poudre Learning Center
SWCA Environmental Consultants
Thomas and Tyler LLC
Vranesh and Raisch

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Water Education Colorado

Special Thanks to our Reception Sponsor!

Odell Brewing Company

Thank You to our Media Sponsors!

Coloradoan | LOCALiQ
KRFC 88.9

HOTEL INFORMATION

Embassy Suites by Hilton Loveland Hotel Conference Center & Spa

4705 Clydesdale Parkway
Loveland, Colorado 80538
970-593-6200

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