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Water and our communities  |   Peace through water: MaryLou Smith
Congratulations to the second class of Water Literate Leaders


Celebrate Philanthropy on May 2 | In memoriam: Cathy Hutchinson | Breaking Good News NoCo

 

Water and our communities

Water is one of the most important and controversial subjects we face in the 21st century. Water issues are complex, and understanding the nuances is critical for strategic decision making.

Currently, Northern Colorado is on a trajectory to dry up a large percentage of its agricultural lands over the next 30 years. We are also realizing the impact of long-ago Poudre River water purchases by the City of Thornton – a municipality that is, to its credit, taking great pains to prepare for its future water needs. But Thornton’s plans for this water will remove it completely from the Poudre River basin – an outcome that has no upside for Northern Colorado, whether the priority is agricultural, municipal, or environmental. What happens if more Denver-area communities follow Thornton’s lead?

For over a decade, the non-partisan Community Foundation has been bringing regional interests together to discuss water-related issues and how they impact our future. We’ve collaborated with Poudre River Forum, The Poudre Runs Through It, and the Big Thompson Watershed Forum, which represent multiple interests and perspectives.

In 2017, the Community Foundation partnered with CSU’s Colorado Water Center to launch Water Literate Leaders of Northern Colorado – a nine-session program that helps local leaders actively learn about the complexities of water from all angles. We are thankful for the work accomplished, and we realize these important conversations must continue. 


PEACE THROUGH Water: MaryLou Smith

After the 9/11 terrorist attack, former Foundation trustee MaryLou Smith committed herself to building peace. When looking for a way to do so, she turned to what she knew and what she was passionate about. And that was water.

For over a decade, MaryLou has been collaborating with the Community Foundation on water-related issues. That work has been key in leveraging resources that resulted in powerful community collaborations, including Poudre Runs Through It and the Water Literate Leaders program. 

On June 30, MaryLou will retire from her role as a policy and collaboration specialist at Colorado State University’s Colorado Water Center, where she convenes diverse stakeholder groups to facilitate water policy, conflict resolution, and collaboration throughout Colorado. 

Please join us in honoring MaryLou’s many contributions to water education, facilitation, and collaboration. Thank you, MaryLou! The future of the Poudre River is brighter because of you.


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SECOND GRADUATING CLASS OF WATER LITERATE LEADERS

The Colorado Water Center, in cooperation with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, conducts the non-partisan Water Literate Leaders of Northern Colorado program.

We congratulate the program’s second graduating class on completing its coursework and thank members for giving their time, energy, and leadership to help our communities make educated, sound decisions about water. The group holds its final class on May 9.  The application deadline for the 2019-2020 Water Literate Leaders Program will be announced this summer.


It is with profound sadness we share the passing of a member of the Foundation family, Cathy Hutchinson. Her husband, Doug, serves on our Board of Trustees, and is immediate past chair. Cathy and Doug were childhood friends, and together they built a life full of adventure, creativity, and faith for 55 years.  Please join us in honoring Cathy's life. 

 

 

 


 

Breaking Good
News NoCo

Good news is contagious. We invite 501(c)(3) public charities that serve Northern Colorado residents to share a success story, a milestone, or an achievement, and we will gladly help spread the word on our website and social media!

Submit your news here

 

April 2019

GREAT PLATES event RAISED NEARLY $110,000 FOR FOOD BANK of Larimer County

The 2019 Great Plates of Downtown event raised nearly $110,000 for the Food Bank for Larimer County’s hunger-relief efforts in our community.

https://foodbanklarimer.org/news/great-plates-2019/

LARIMER HUMANE SOCIETY TURNS 50

Larimer Humane Society celebrated 50 years of service – and having fun – on April 1, 2019! 

http://www.larimerhumane.org/

 

6,000 COLORING BOOKS DONATED VIA RIVERS + PEARLS

A local high school girl created a coloring book to bring hope and healing for children in Northern Colorado hospitals. 

https://riverandpearls.org/

POUDRE RIVER FLOWING THROUGH NEW WHITEWATER PARK

On March 19, the Cache la Poudre River began running through Poudre Whitewater Park for the first time since construction on the park began in 2018. 

https://www.fcgov.com/parkplanning/poudre-river-park
Photo courtesy Tim O'Hara.

TEACHING TREE Early Childhood Learning Center AWARDED $255K

The Buell Foundation awarded a $255,000 grant to Teaching Tree Early Childhood Learning Center, which broke ground on its $2.1 million expansion on March 28.

http://www.teaching-tree.org/

 

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