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Water use strategies: South Platte Basin April 5

April 3, 2011

A conservationist who was awarded a Colorado State University 2010-2011 Collaborative Conservation Fellowship will talk about projects that are aimed at mitigating the diversion of Colorado's South Platte Basin water to municipal and industrial uses -- in the interest of preserving water for critical wildlife habitat and agricultural use.

Tuesday, April 5
Lory Student Center, Room 215

Dieter Erdmann has raised millions of dollars for private land conservation in Colorado and managed dozens of conservation and restoration projects.

The Center for Collaborative Conservation (CCC) of CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources welcomes Dieter Erdmann, CCC Fellow, Director of Conservation Operations, Colorado Open Lands, to speak about, “Agricultural water transfers: Alternatives to buy and dry in Colorado's South Platte Basin.”

Demand for finite water supplies

Despite recent economic conditions, projections indicate that population growth and development will continue to increase demand for finite water supplies in Colorado's South Platte Basin.

Existing projects -- including the creation of new water storage combined with conservation practices, will address some of this demand.

What the future could hold

Nevertheless, it is believed that by 2050 up to 40% of the water in the South Platte Basin currently used for irrigated agriculture could be converted to municipal and industrial uses at great expense to both urban and rural communities.

Come learn about several new pilot projects aimed at overcoming the many collaborative, physical, and legal barriers to water use strategies, projects which may provide new municipal and industrial supplies while maintaining economically beneficial agricultural production.

Supporting the efforts of 50 fellows

The Collaborative Conservation Fellows Program has, over the course of the past three years, supported the efforts of 50 fellows (CSU graduate students, CSU faculty/researchers, and conservation practitioners) to take their engagement with communities to a new level and to integrate livelihoods with conservation.  Fellows have worked in 17 countries around the world including the United States, where most have focused their work in Colorado and other states in the U.S. West.

At Colorado State, Collaborative Conservation Fellows represent three colleges and eight departments across the University.

About Dieter Erdmann

Dieter Erdmann, a former M.S. candidate at Colorado State University, has raised millions of dollars over the last decade for private land conservation in Colorado and has managed dozens of conservation and restoration projects across the state.

Dieter was recently awarded a Practitioner Fellowship through the Center for Collaborative Conservation at Colorado State University to explore agricultural water sharing and farmland protection.

Next seminar

Please note that our April 19 seminar by Kathie Mattor has been postponed until next semester!

Please come to our last spring seminar to be presented by CCC director Robin Reid on Tuesday, May 3 in the Lory Student Center, Room 215 from noon to 1 p.m. titled, “Collaborative conservation in practice: Current state and future directions.”  

Contact: Stacy Lynn
Phone: (970) 492-4199