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Water-Saving Technology You Should Care About

Did you know 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, but only 1% of that is available for humans to use?

The pace of our global society is moving too fast for water to fulfill its potential as a renewable resource. We have made fresh water into a finite resource. Water resources, like groundwater, are being depleted because they aren’t able to recharge at the same rate of our growing population and increased agricultural activity. Basically, we consume water at a highly unsustainable and concerning rate.

Water Saving Tips

Making simple changes to your water use behavior can save lots of water. If we all reduced the amount of water we use by even a small amount, we could make a huge difference to our total consumption. Here are just a few practical tips to help you save water in and around your home.

Only Wash with a Full Load

Use your washing machine only when you have a full load. Reducing your washing by just one load a week will save around 32 gallons of water.

Replace Your Toilet

Questions and Answers About Drought and Water Conservation

Q.  How much water do landscapes use in California?
A.  Landscape irrigation accounts for only about 9% of total statewide developed water use, but the percentage varies widely among communities.  Water applied to landscapes is estimated to account for about 50% of residential water consumption statewide, but the amount varies from about 30% in some coastal communities to 60% or more in many inland suburban communities.

 

2020 Bike Tour Final Report

The Barr Lake and Milton Reservoir Watershed Association (BMW) in collaboration with the Colorado Stormwater Council (CSC) and the City and County of Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI), created a virtual bike tour for 2020.  The tour went ‘live’ and was posted to YouTube on June 23rd.   Registration was free for all participants.

Redesigned Iron-enhanced Ditch Checks Could Help Filter Pollutants from Stormwater Runoff

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is exploring innovative ways to filter pollutants from stormwater runoff and meet permit requirements for construction projects. In a recent study, U of M researchers documented the performance of an iron-enhanced ditch check filter to remove phosphates from stormwater. They found that the filter was effective, though its performance decreased over time.

Upcoming Events

Municipal Operations Committee Meeting

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The Municipal Operation (MO) committee will hold their first meeting of 2021 on Tuesday February 2nd, 2021 from 9AM-10AM Here is the link to the meeting: https://meet.google.com/zfe-qxcr-bni  We will discuss training and MO committee goals for 2021.

Stormwater Management and Erosion Control (SMEC) Technician Training

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Course Description: The class is focused on the proper installation and maintenance of control measures to manage erosion and sedimentation. This entry-level, one day course has been developed for all construction site personnel engaged in stormwater management on permitted construction sites. The program covers: 

Qualified Stormwater Manager (QSM) Training

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Course Description: This two-day training program has been developed by Altitude Training Associates (ATA) to meet the knowledge and skills required to be a Qualified Stormwater Manager including implementation of the Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) and conducting routine inspections. The Qualified Stormwater Manager must be skilled with control measure evaluation and application to effectively implement the SWMP. Certificates of completion are provided to each student who successfully completes the program.  Prerequisite:

Colorado Environmental Film Festival

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It's Official! The 2020 Urban Water Cycle Bike Tour video has been accepted into the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. Please help us spread the word about this film festival and, of course, our film. The festival will be virtual from February 12 – 21, 2021. There will be: • Food and drink takeout specials • Live filmmaker Q&A sessions • Silent Auction • Virtual happy hour • Learn as a family with CEFF 4 kids • Chat with filmmakers

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