The San Juan Water Conservancy District board of directors, both current and past, believes that education related to water issues is vital to help provide the foundation to make informed decisions. That is why they have participated with and supported the regional Water Information Program (WIP) for more than a decade. The WIP was established in 1994 by several water-related organization and entities. The Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD) provides matching funds to all contributions made by local entities. The WIP serves the nine-county Dolores/San Juan River Basin in southwest Colorado. The program provides an unbiased forum to provide water information. A partial list of WIP services and programs includes:
- Annual Children’s Water Festival (22nd annual in 2017): Conducted the first Wednesday in May each year, WIP coordinates this day-long educational event reaching approximately 750 fifth grade students. Nearly 100 volunteers make this fun event such an annual success.
- Annual Water 101 Seminar (11th annual in 2017): Rotated throughout the basin, the WIP has been fortunate enough to have Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs as the keynote speaker since program inception. The workshop qualifies for continuing education credits for realtors, lawyers, water utility personnel, and teachers.
- Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop (6th annual in 2017): This is an intensive two-day in-the-field training for teachers based on the My Water Comes from the San Juan Mountains book and curriculum. It qualifies for continuing education credit for teachers.
- Website: In addition to current events and news, there is a plethora of useful water-related information at waterinfo.org.
- Newsletter: This distribution covers a wide variety of water-related topics including current events, water law, water conservation, and quality.
- Brochures: A wide variety of water-related brochures are available on various topics to include rainwater harvesting, ditches and diversions, and water conservation.
- Lending Library: Now with more than 200 water-related books and movies available for checkout.
- Water Display: This regularly updated display is used at numerous events throughout the Basin and year.
- Speaker Series: Talks on a variety of topics are given by request throughout the basin to local groups such as Rotary, Life-Long Learning Series, Fort Lewis College students, and children’s programs.
For more information on any of these programs or services, visit the website, call (970) 247-1302, or visit the office at 841 East 2nd Avenue in Durango. Also, follow the Water Information Program on Facebook and Twitter!
Current participating entities with the WIP include:
- Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District
- Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority
- Dolores Water Conservancy District
- Empire Electric Association
- Florida Water Conservancy District
- Harris Water Engineering
- High Desert Conservation District
- La Plata Archuleta Water District
- La Plata Electric Association
- La Plata Water Conservancy District
- La Plata West Water Authority
- Lake Durango Water Authority
- Mancos Conservation District
- Mancos Water Conservancy District
- Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company
- Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District
- Pine River Irrigation District
- San Juan Water Conservancy District
- SGM – Bikis Water Consultants
- Southwestern Water Conservation District
- The Nature Conservancy
- Trout Unlimited
- Town of Silverton
- Town of Telluride