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Elliott: Just ask UCRWG

Geoff Elliott
Team UCRWG

My wife asks: Why does UCRWG have such a stupid name?

That’s a great question, Kate. In fact, the acronym UCRWG, which sounds like “oooo-kerr-wooog” (say it 10 times over, really fast), is short for the Upper Colorado River Watershed Group. That name came about when our team was outlining the WaterSMART grant application. Quite simply, the folks at US Bureau of Reclamation wanted to fund a “watershed group” in the upper Colorado River headwaters. We ran with the name and it stuck, at least for the time being.

Later this month on February 25 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Mountain Parks Electric Community Room, we invite all local folks to learn more and maybe take a leadership role in UCRWG including confirming, or changing, the name that will ultimately be attached to the 501c3 non-profit organization, to be formed later this Spring.

Will it be a Group, or maybe a Coalition?

How about Connection?

Friends of…?

Partnership?

Any votes for Authority, District, or Task Force?

In fact, the Colorado Watershed Assembly (CWA) lists some 80+ organizations with 33 varieties of names, from Alliances to Working Groups. Each name, we presume, reflects something about their mission and organization. For more on this, see http://www.coloradowater.org for the CWA map of watershed groups, also our Blog “What’s in a Name?” on the http://www.ucrwg.org website.

It’s your watershed, and in March you can join a new group of grassroots leaders to sally forth, learning more about all the great watershed efforts already going on in Grand County, then help define the WaterSMART Watershed Plan to promote local resilience in the face of flooding, wildfire, and drought. What will we call it? A rose by any other name?


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