Water Literate Leaders of Northern Colorado


Water Literate Leaders of Northern Colorado
Water is emerging as one of the most important and controversial subjects to be addressed in the 21st century. Water issues are particularly complex, and understanding the nuances is critical for good decision-making. Many who have helped our communities make sound water decisions are nearing retirement age. Northern Colorado needs a new crop of water literate leaders!

The Colorado Water Center, in cooperation with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, launched a non-partisan Water Literate Leaders of Northern Colorado program in September 2017. Modeled after highly successful programs such as Leadership Northern Colorado and Water Education Colorado’s Water Fluency Program, this program is for those who hold or aspire to political office, or other roles, including boards and commissions, which can impact regional water policy.

Participants in the program:

  • Actively learn about complex Northern Colorado water issues from all angles including: agriculture, urban, environmental, recreation, and business via presentations, dialogue and field trips
  • Interact and dialogue with regional water leaders for an inside view of issues affecting Northern Colorado’s water future—and participate in visioning activities

SPECIAL THANKS to the City of Greeley, City of Fort Collins, City of Loveland, and Town of Windsor for funding the 2018-2019 program!

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Water Literate Leaders! From left: Patrick McMeekin, Julie Pignataro, Kelly DiMartino, Ken Bennett, Corey Odell, Myles Baker, Nick Haws, Stacey Baumgarn, Jane Lopez, Mike Pruznick, and Ed Cannon. Not pictured: Jim Becklenberg, Sean Dougherty, Grant Houx, Jacki Marsh, Billy Mihelich, David Sislowski, and Manuel Sisneros. Photo courtesy of Ashley Marie Images.

2018-2019 Water Literate Leaders

Tuition: $150 (includes class materials, field tours, lunch and refreshments for each session)

2019-2020 Sessions (time/location will be announced upon acceptance into the program)
September 4, October 2, November 20, December 18, January 15, February 19, March 11, April 8, May 13

Thank you to our generous sponsors for 2019-2020! City of Greeley, City of Fort Collins, City of Loveland, City of Evans, Town of Windsor, and North Weld County Water District