The Watershed Assessment and Vulnerability Evaluation (WAVE) program was specifically designed to help private landowners recover from wildfire. This program benefits landowners by giving them personalized recovery plans to meet their land management goals. These goals may include forest regeneration, infrastructure protection, water quality protection, wildlife habitat recovery, erosion control, flood mitigation, etc. The landowner’s goals are evaluated through a set of assessments and criteria. Priority restoration projects are recommended to achieve their goals, always with the stabilization of the water cycle in mind.
The WAVE program was designed to complement other government agencies’ post-wildfire response programs, like the Natural Resources Conservation Services Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program and works with local entities to provide outreach and assessment services to landowners around the state. What makes WAVE unique from other post-fire assistance is the ability to provide post-wildfire restoration technical assistance to landowners quickly and at various scales. The program and assessments are flexible to reflect landowner priorities.
“The WAVE program has helped us better understand the priorities needing attention after the East Troublesome fire burned much of our ranch. Blake’s recommendations and implementation projects were extremely helpful in reducing our flooding and erosion risk. It also taught us the principles and practices of post-fire restoration that we took to other parts of our ranch.”
~ Paul Klees, Assistant GM at C lazy U Guest Ranch Weber
The Colorado Water Center, in partnership with the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, is proud to offer the Sustainable Water Interdisciplinary Minor (SWIM). CSU’s SWIM offers students, regardless of their major, an opportunity to gain deeper knowledge about the many dimensions of water. By taking advantage of CSU’s outstanding water expertise, students can prepare themselves for careers in water or graduate study in a water-related area.
To date, 43 students representing 14 different majors have graduated from SWIM and another 23 are currently enrolled in the minor.
- After Wildfire Guide
- After Fire: Toolkit for the Southwest; USDA
- After the Fire: Resources for Recovery; USDA
- Burned Area Emergency Response Treatment Catalog; USFS
- Burned Area Reports
- Emergency Assessment of Post-Fire Debris-Flow Hazards; USGS
- NOAA’s Precipitation Frequency Data Server
- Active Fire Data; NASA