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Nature Series – Managing Water in the Upper Arkansas Basin

April 26 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

It’s been quite the winter when it comes to snow and precipitation. What is the outlook in the Upper Arkansas River Basin for 2018 and what are water managers doing to prepare? Join GARNA, Central Colorado Conservancy and the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District (UAWCD) for an overview of water administration and management in the Upper Arkansas Basin and learn about the importance of storage reservoirs in the upper watersheds such as O’Haver Lake and other types of storage potential in our community – alluvial storage. We’ll also discuss how we plan for drought years and the other exciting work being done by the UAWCD and other agency partners with regards to water protection and supply in the Upper Arkansas River Basin.

This program will have 2 parts. The first part will be held at the offices of the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District in Salida. Following an introduction and presentation at the office, participants will carpool to O’Haver Reservoir for a field visit and picnic lunch. O’Haver Reservoir is on the way to Poncha Pass at Hwy 285 and CR 200. Participants are advised to wear warm clothing/layers in preparation for colder temperatures as the reservoir sits at a higher elevation than town.


Jord Gertson is the hydrologist for the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District and is responsible for managing all of the District’s reservoirs as well as its augmentation replacements. He is also the founder of SourceWater Consulting, which focuses on mine site watershed characterization, snow pack, water quality planning, and drinking water and wastewater compliance on privately owned and public systems.

Chesley Nutter is the Projects Manager and Assistant to the General Manager for the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District. She is responsible for managing the District’s portfolio of water projects, grant writing, and education and outreach programming efforts. Ms. Nutter is a member of the Arkansas River Basin Roundtable and is the Chair of the Needs Assessment Committee.

The cost of the program is $3 for members and $5 for non-members. Fees support coordination and promotion of GARNA programs.

Space is limited, registration is available via the paypal button below. Please note: you do not need a paypal account, only a credit card. Additional information and registration confirmation will be sent via email closer to the date.


Member or Non member


April 26
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District
339 E Hwy 50
Salida, CO 81201



Many GARNA programs require a liability release form be filled out each calendar year.

Your registration is secured upon receipt of payment. If you prefer not to register online (recommended), you may mail a check, made out to “GARNA” to the address below. Please include a note with the program you are registering for.

PO Box 1522
Salida CO 81201

Cancellation policy:

If we are notified of your need to cancel within 24 hours of program date, your program fee will be refunded except for a $3.00 administrative fee. If minimum enrollment has not been met by program date, programs will be cancelled 2 days prior to the date and we will refund the full amount.