Fourth Annual Poudre River Forum comes to Greeley to discuss ‘As the Poudre Flows – Forest to Plains’
January 21, 2017
The Fourth Annual Poudre River Forum will offer a chance for people connected to, and concerned about, the Poudre River to meet, discuss and learn about the important northern Colorado river.
This year's forum theme is, "As the Poudre Flows—Forest to Plains."
Sponsored by the Poudre Runs Through It study and action work group the forum runs from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Island Grove Events Center, 501 N 14th Ave., Greeley.
Pre-registration is required for all participants, costs $50 and includes lunch. Scholarships for students and reduced rates are available. Friday is the deadline to register online at http://prti.colostate.edu/forum_2017.shtml.
“The Poudre River Forum brings together those who use the river for agricultural and urban diversions and those who work to improve its ecological health. In the past those groups have not necessarily seen eye to eye. Increasingly our participants are open to the idea that it takes collective vision and action to make the Poudre the world’s best example of a healthy, working river.” MaryLou SmithPRTI facilitator
The Poudre River flows from the mountains through Fort Collins, Timnath and Windsor to the plains east of Greeley. It is at the heart of countless activities: from irrigating crops and lawns to providing drinking water for more than 365,000 people to hosting numerous recreational activities, according to a news release from release from forum organizers.
After its first three years at Larimer County Fairgrounds, forum organizers moved the event down the river to Greeley as a reminder that the Poudre River is important to all who benefit from it — from its headwaters to the confluence with the South Platte, according to information from the release.
"The Poudre River Forum brings together those who use the river for agricultural and urban diversions and those who work to improve its ecological health. In the past those groups have not necessarily seen eye to eye," said MaryLou Smith, PRTI facilitator. "Increasingly our participants are open to the idea that it takes collective vision and action to make the Poudre the world's best example of a healthy, working river."
Once again, this year's event will be facilitated by the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University. "The Forum is a great opportunity for the communities connected by the Poudre River to come together to better understand the entire watershed, and each other," said Reagan Waskom, director of CWI.
For more information, contact event coordinator Gailmarie Kimmel at PoudreRiverForum@gmail.com or (970) 692-1443.