Water Literate Leaders of Northern Colorado

Impacting Northern Colorado Water Policy

Water is emerging as one of the most important and controversial subjects to be addressed in the 21st century. Water issues are particularly complex, and understanding the nuances is critical for good decision-making. Many who have helped our communities make sound water decisions are nearing retirement age. Northern Colorado needs a new crop of water-literate leaders!

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2021-2022 Program


After the challenging past year, we look forward to coming together with our partners at the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado’s Hach Center for Regional Engagement to engage the region’s community leaders in water conversations and solutions.

Applications for the 2021-2022 program are now open! Apply by 5:00 PM MST on July 15, 2021 to be considered for this year’s cohort.

The Colorado Water Center, in cooperation with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and the Hach Center for Regional Engagement, launched a non-partisan Water Literate Leaders of Northern Colorado program in September 2017. Modeled after highly successful programs such as Leadership Northern Colorado and Water Education Colorado’s Water Fluency Program, this program is for those who hold or aspire to political office, or other roles, including boards and commissions, which can impact regional water policy.

Program participants:

  • Actively learn about complex Northern Colorado water issues from all angles including: agriculture, urban, environmental, recreation, and business via presentations, dialogue and field trips
  • Interact and dialogue with regional water leaders for an inside view of issues affecting Northern Colorado’s water future—and participate in visioning activities
  • Build active connections with key stakeholders in the region and state