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Celebrate Colorado waters at a local library

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The Grand County Library District is partnering with nearly 200 state and local organizations and educators in celebrating Colorado’s heritage as a headwaters state, in understanding the diverse uses and values of this precious resource.

Colorado Water 2012, spearheaded by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, is a campaign to “engage Coloradoans in a statewide celebration of water: past, present, and future.”

The goals of Colorado Water 2012 are to: Raise awareness about water as a valuable and limited resource, increase support for management and protection of Colorado’s water and waterways, showcase exemplary models of cooperation and collaboration among Colorado water users, connect Coloradans to existing and new opportunities to learn about water, and to motivate Coloradans to become proactive participants in Colorado’s water future.

In hopes of “connecting Coloradans to their water,” the library district is hosting a variety of displays and events.

Feb. 3 – Feb. 18 at the Fraser Valley Library and Feb. 19 – March 3 at the Granby Library: The Colorado Water 2012 traveling display will be featured with local information provided by the Grand County Water Information Network. GCWIN is a nonprofit organization that provides water quality information and educational programs in Grand County.

Jon Ewert, local aquatic biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, will present a display at the Fraser Valley Library in the Urban Community Meeting Room explaining how science-based fisheries management takes place in the rivers and lakes of Grand County.

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Thursday Feb. 16, 5:30 p.m. at the Fraser Valley Library and Wednesday, Feb. 22, 5:30 p.m. at the Granby Library: Kirk Klancke will host a presentation of the film “Tapped Out” followed by an update on the two proposed projects that are the most immediate threat to our local rivers, with time for questions and answers. Klancke is president of the Colorado River Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Board member of the Grand County Water Information Network, Board member of the Grand County Water Quality Control Board, Board member of the Northwest Council of Governments Quality and Quantity, and the recipient of the 2011 Field and Stream Magazine National Conservationist Award.

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