Boulder Creek Watershed Initiative


The Boulder Creek Watershed Initiative sponsors a monthly public forum on environmental issues facing the Boulder Creek watershed. The purpose of the forum is to initiate a dialogue between researchers, government officials, and the community with the objective of building community support to protect the Boulder Creek Watershed. The Forum is also sponsored by the city of Boulder, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Boulder Public Library Foundation. The watershed forums are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month except November and December.

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Boulder Creek Watershed Forum Series

Videotapes available at the main branch of the Boulder Public Libary

Lecture # 107 Stream Teams Monitoring the Health of the Boulder Creek Watershed, Paul Hempel of BCWI, and Kellie Gorman, Water Education Specialist for KICP, 23 February, 2010

Lecture # 106 Front Range Flash Floods: What About the Boulder Creek Watershed? Matt Kelsch, Hydrometeorologist with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), 28 April, 2009

Lecture # 105 Recognizing and Avoiding Dangerous Avalanche Conditions Ethan Greene, Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, 24 February, 2009.

Lecture # 104 Vehicle Emissions Pollutants, Challenges, and Alternatives Dr. Donald Stedman, Brainerd F. Phillipson Professor of Chemistry at the University of Denver, Andrew Bascue, Climate Smart Sustainability Coordinator Transportation, City of Boulder, and Randall Rutsch, Senior Transportation Planner, City of Boulder. 28 October, 2008.

Lecture # 103 StreamTeams Monitoring the Health of the Boulder Creek Watershed, With Paul Hempel, Executive Director of BCWI and Keep it Clean Partnership, 23 September, 2008.

Lecture # 102 Flood potential in the Boulder Creek Watershed, Kevin Stewart of Urban Drainage, Sheila Murphy of U.S. Geological Survey, and Kenneth Strzepek and Anthony Powell from the University of Colorado, 22 April 2008.

Lecture # 101 Potential Climate Change Impacts on Boulder Creek: Back to the Future, With Ken Strzepek of University of Colorado 25 March 2008.

100TH WATERSHED FORUM!!! 26 February 2008

  1. Preserve Planet Earth: why bother? With Pete Palmer, past president of the Institute for Cambrian Studies.
  2. A sustainability agenda for Boulder and Boulder County, With Will Toor, former Boulder Mayor and current Boulder County Commissioner,
  3. Sustainability within a historical perspective of settlement in the Boulder Creek watershed, With Patty Limerick, Center of the American West,

Lecture # 99 What's in our water? Effects of biologically active consumer product chemicals, with Dr Larry Barber, U.S. Geological Survey, 22 January 2008.

Lecture # 98 Implementation of a Rainwater Catchment System at an Orphanage in Rwanda, with David Dani, David Sparkman, Christine Chatterly of Engineers Without Borders, 23rd October 2007.

Lecture # 97 Boulder Community Environmental Forum - Meet the City Council Candidates, moderated by the Colorado Environmental Coalition with 21 of the 22 City Council candidates, 25 September 2007.

Lecture # 96 Narratives of Progress: Elegies on Loss, with Tina Gianquitto of Colorado School of Mines, Tuesday 24 April 2007.

Lecture # 95 Fate of Tiger Leaping Gorge in China, with Ken Driese of University of Wyoming, Tuesday 27 March 2007.

Lecture # 94 Breaking the Ice: Kicking off the International Polar Year, with Mark McCaffrey, University of Colorado, E. James Dixon, Inst. of Arctic & Alpine Research and Ted Scambos, National Snow & Ice Data Center, Tuesday 27 February 2007.

Lecture # 93 Mining History and Environmental Reclamation in Boulder County, with Jim Cowart, Walsh Environmental and Tom Hendricks, Calais Resources, Tuesday 23 January 2007.

Lecture # 92 Emerging contaminants in groundwater supplies - The role of decentralized wastewater treatment, with Kathy De Jong, Colorado School of Mines and Mark Williams, Boulder County Public Health, Tuesday, October 24th, 2006.

Lecture # 91 Planning for drought - The role of local water storage projects, with Robert de Haas, Manager, Pine Brook Water District, Tuesday, September 26th, 2006.

Lecture # 90 Colorado's Instream Flow Program: How does it work and how is it working? with Dr. Andrew Todd of Trout Unlimited, Tuesday, May 23rd 2006.

Lecture # 89 Response to Emerging Issues in Water Quality with Chris Lehnertz, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Robert McConnell, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and Ridge Dorsey, City of Boulder, Tuesday, March 28th, 2006.

Lecture # 88 Feminized Fish in Boulder Creek - Fact or Fiction? with Alan Vajda, University of Colorado, Tuesday, January 24th 2006.

Lecture # 87 Invasive species in western streams, panel discussion with Sarah Spaulding, US Geological Survey, Laurie Dieter, State of Colorado, Peter Walker, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Tuesday, October 25, 2005.

Lecture # 86 Long term changes in hydrology of the Boulder Creek Watershed water rights and ecological issues, with Gordon McCurry, Camp Dresser and McKee, Tuesday, September 27th, 2005.

Lecture # 85 Recreation and River Protection, panel discussion with Gary Lacy, Recreation, Engineering and Planning, Rob Kolanda, Rocky Mountain Anglers, and Bill Leuchpen, Front Range Anglers, Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005.

Lecture # 84 Boulder Creek Critter¿s Puppet Show and Environmental Expo, with puppeteers Sheila Murphy, USGS, Curry Rosato, city of Boulder and Jennelle Freeston, city of Boulder. Tuesday, July 26th 2005.

Lecture # 83 Flood Risk, Response and Mitigation, panel discussion with Alan Taylor, city of Boulder, Kevin Stewart, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, and Marshall Frech, producer of the PBS series "TheWater's Edge," Tuesday, June 28th 2005.

Lecture # 82 Global, regional, and local climate factors controlling water availability, with Greg McCabe, US Geological Survey, Tuesday, May 17th 2005.

Lecture # 81Stealth chemicals and their impact on wildlife and human health with Theo Colborn, author of Our Stolen Future, Tuesday, April 26th, 2005.

Lecture # 80 Who Owns the Water? with Alexandra Davis, Assistant Colorado Attorney General for Water Rights, Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005.

Lecture # 79 The role of streams and wetlands in sustaining ecosystem diversity, panel discussion with Tim Seastedt, University of Colorado, Sharon Colling, University of Colorado, Linda Andes-Georges, Coal Creek Riparian Corridor Bird Population Study, and David Buckner, ESCO Associates, Tuesday, February 22nd 2005.

Lecture # 78 Connections between water and life: a tale of a microscopic diatom, with Sarah Spaulding, US Geological Survey, Tuesday, January 18, 2005.

Lecture # 77 This land of shining mountains: The archeology of the Indian Peaks Wilderness with Jim Benedict, Center for Mountain Archeology Tuesday, October 26, 2004.

Lecture # 76 Boulder Creek is an impaired stream - Sources of microbial contamination through the urban corridor with Mark Williams, Boulder County Public Health Department, William McKee, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Junko Munakata Marr, Colorado School of Mines Tuesday September, 28, 2004.

Lecture # 75 Growth and development in Boulder County: The role of water resources with Paul Danish, Boulder County Commissioner Tuesday, August 24, 2004.

Lecture # 74 Water recreational activities and drinking water quality with Amy Struthers and Jim Shelley, City of Boulder Tuesday, July 27, 2004.

Lecture # 73 Rediscovering and Restoring the North American Prairie with Stephen Jones, Co-Author of the Peterson Field Guide to North American Prairie Tuesday, June 22, 2004.

Lecture # 72 Fire at the Urban Interface - Impact on Water Quality and Resource Management with Ben Alexander (city of Ft. Collins, Mike Tombolato (Cherryvale Fire Department), Rocky Wiley (Denver Water) and Lara Duran (US Forest Service) Tuesday, May 25, 2004.

Lecture # 71 Air Quality Along the Front Range and Beyond - The Influence of Natural and Human Factors with Michael Hannigan, CU Department of Mechanical Engineering Tuesday, April 27, 2004.

Lecture # 70 Rocky Mountain Futures - The Collective Impact of Human Use on Mountain Environments with Jill Baron, U.S. Geological Survey uesday, March 23, 2004.

Lecture # 69 Sexual Disruption of Fishes in Boulder Creek Downstream of Boulder, Colorado with John Woodling (University of Colorado) Tuesday, February 24, 2004.

Lecture # 68 Residential and Commercial on-site disposal systems (septic tanks): Impacts on ground and surface waters with Bob Siegrist (Colorado School of Mines), Kip Bossong (USGS), and Chuck Stout (Boulder County Health Department Tuesday, January 27, 2004.

Lecture # 67 From Mountains to Plains ? A 21st Century Look at the Water Quality of Boulder Creek with Sheila Murphy, U.S. Geological Survey, October 28, 2003.

Lecture # 66 Water Quality concerns from Rocky Flats with Iggy Litaor, Tel-Hai Academic College in Israel, September 23, 2003.

Lecture # 65 Multiple use or Multiple Abuse ? Off-road vehicle recreation and water quality in Boulder County National Forests with Colleen Williams, James Creek Watershed Initiative and Joe Ryan, University of Colorado, July 22, 2003.

Lecture # 64 Denver?s Moffat Collection System ? Supply Reliability and System Vulnerability with Jenny McCurdy, Denver Water, June 24, 2003.

Lecture # 63 What Happened to the Drought? with Lee Rozaklis, Principal Engineer, Hydrosphere Resource Consultants, Inc., May 27, 2003.

Lecture # 62 Mining and Water Quality in the Western US ? A Collision of Resources with Kirk Nordstrom, U.S. Geological Survey and Joe Ryan, University of Colorado, April 22, 2003.

Lecture # 61 Song of the Alpine with Joyce Gellhorn, Environmental Educator, February 25, 2003.

Lecture # 60 The Challenge of Colorado?s Rivers with Elizabeth Russell, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Trout Unlimited, January 28, 2003.

Lecture # 59 The Current Drought in the Boulder Creek Watershed: An Overview and Status Report with Lee Rozaklis, Principal Engineer, Hydrosphere Resource Consultants, Inc., October 22, 2002.

Lecture # 58 Water Marketing with Chuck Howe, September, 24 2002.

Lecture # 57 Watershed Approach to Stream Health with Donna Scott and Betty Solek (city of Boulder); Mark Williams (Boulder County Health Department); Ken Mason (city of Louisville), August 27, 2002.

Lecture # 56 Tomorrow?s Water ? When Population, Drought, and Water Quality Collide with Marc Alston, Community Projects Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, July 23, 2002.

Lecture # 55 Water in the Valley ? The Role of Diversion Ditches in the Boulder Creek Watershed with Bob Crifasi, Water Resources Administrator, city of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, June 25, 2002.

Lecture # 54 Large Rivers As Conveyers and Storers of Sediments and Contaminants ? From the Mountains to the Sea with Robert Meade, Hydrologist Emeritus, U.S. Geological Survey, May 28, 2002.

Lecture # 53 Biodiversity of Boulder Creek: A Procession of the Species Event with Steven Jones and David Armstrong, April 2, 2002.

Lecture # 52 An Edward Abbey for the 21st Century with Ed Marston Publisher of the High Country News, March 26, 2002.

Lecture # 51 Historic Water Harvesting in Mesa Verde with Ken and Ruth Wright Wright Water Consultants, February 26, 2002.

Lecture # 50 Water, Science and the New West with Dr. Susan Avery, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) , January 22, 2002

Lecture # 49. Wildfire at Walker Ranch - One Year Later with Claire DeLeo, Boulder County Parks and Open Space, October 23, 2001.

Lecture # 48. Water Quality Topics of the Boulder Creek/St. Vrain Creek Watersheds with Dick Parachini, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, September 25, 2001.

Lecture # 47. Flooding Along the Colorado Front Range ? Past, Present and Future with Bob Jarrett, US Geological Survey, August 22, 2001.

Lecture # 46. Barker Reservoir ? A River Runs Through It with Bill Lewis, University of Colorado. and Amy Struthers, city of Boulder, July 25, 2001.

Lecture # 45. Relationships between Stream Habitat and Biological Communities Along the Colorado Front Range with Bob Zuellig, Colorado State University ? Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology, June 27, 2001.

Lecture # 44. The History and Future of Boulder?s Ditches with Michael Holleran, CU College of Architecture and Planning, May 30, 2001.

Lecture # 43. Quality of life in Boulder County,- The Community Indicators Report with Bruce Swinehart, Boulder County Civic Forum, April 25, 2001.

Lecture # 42. Impacts of Highway Transportation on Water Quality ? Where Does all that Road Salt Go with Art Hirsch, Foster Wheeler Environmental Corporation, March 28, 2001

Lecture # 41. Water Quality of the South Platte River Basin? Lifeline of a Region with Cathy Tate, U.S. Geological Survey, February 28, 2001

Lecture # 40. The Boulder Creek Millennium Baseline Study with Sheila Murphy, City of Boulder, and Phil Verplanck and Larry Barber, U.S. Geological Survey, January 24, 2001

Lecture # 39. Clues for Climate Change ? Reconstructing Middle Boulder Creek Streamflows from Tree Ring Data with Connie Woodhouse, NOAA Paleoclimatology Program, November 15, 2000

Lecture # 38. Glaciers in the Boulder Creek Watershed ? Water in the Bank with Tad Pfeffer, University of Colorado Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, October 25, 2000

Lecture # 37. History of Water Development in the American West with Brian Werner, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, September 20, 2000

Lecture # 36. History of Water Use in a Semi-Arid West: Examples from Boulder and Beyond with Paul Lander, city of Boulder Water Conservation Specialist, August 23, 2000.

Lecture # 35. Atmospheric Deposition of Nitrogen to Lakes of the Colorado Front Range: Low Altitude Control On High Altitude Ecological Processes with Alexander Wolfe, University of Colorado Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, July 26, 2000

Lecture # 34. Mystical Machu Picchu -Paleohydrology and Ancient Cultures with Ruth and Ken Wright, Wright Water Engineers, June 28, 2000

Lecture # 33. Fire and Water - Hydrology of a Burned Colorado Watershed with Deborah Martin, U.S. Geological Survey, May 24, 2000

Lecture # 32. Environmental Education in the Boulder Creek Watershed with Oakleigh Thorne, Thorne Ecological Institute, April 26, 2000

Lecture # 31. Riparian Plant Associations in the Boulder Creek Watershed with Gwen Kittel, The Nature Conservancy, March 22, 2000

Lecture # 30. Protecting Front Range Wilderness From Air Pollution - Dealing With Ecological Issues In A Political World with Dennis Haddow, U.S. Forest Service, February 23, 2000

Lecture # 29. A Geological and Geochemical Tour of the Boulder Creek Watershed with Chuck Patterson, Alpine Geosciences, December 15, 1999

Lecture # 28. Remembering Rosa; Readings from Fire on the Plateau - Conflict and Endurance in the American Southwest with Charles Wilkinson, University of Colorado School of Law, October 27, 1999

Lecture # 27. A Satellite-Imagery-Based, GIS Water-use Model for the South Platte River Basin with Luis Garcia, Colorado State University, September 22, 1999

Lecture # 26. What's in Our Air? Results of the Front Range Air Quality Study with Doug Lawson, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, August 25, 1999

Lecture # 25. What is the Future of Eldorado Mountain? with Bob Allen, Peter Fogg, Tim Metzger, and Neil Blank, Citizens for Eldorado Canyon, Boulder County, Eldorado Canyon State Park, Asphalt PavingCompany, and Jefferson County, July 28, 1999

Lecture # 24. What To Do About Barker Reservoir? with Ron Mitchell, Carol Ellinghouse and Mark Williams, City of Boulder, Town of Nederland, Boulder County, and Boats on Barker, June 23, 1999

Lecture # 23. The Boulder County Radon Project with Jon Barbour, Boulder County Health Department, May 26, 1999

Lecture # 22. Drinking Water, Sewage Treatment and Y2K with Richard Varnes, Don Vetterling, Kip Scott and Floyd Bebler, City of Boulder, April 28, 1999

Lecture # 21. What?s Going Down Your Storm Drain and What Can You Do About It ? A Discussion About Stormwater Quality with Jeannette Hillery, The League of Women Voters, March 24, 1999

Lecture # 20. Sustainable Urban Water Management Systemswith Jim Heaney, University of Colorado, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, February 24, 1999

Lecture #19. Rivers of Colorado Water Watch Network -- Community/School Based Water Quality Monitoring with Paul Hempel and Students from Centaurus, Alexander Dawson, Jamestown, and Boulder High, January 27, 1999

Lecture # 18. Putting the bugs to work: Using microorganisms to improve water quality on Boulder Creek with JoAnn Silverstein, University of Colorado, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, September 23, 1998

Lecture # 17. Living in the floodplain: South Boulder Creek as a case study of flash flood regulation and control with Alan Taylor, City of Boulder Floodplain and Wetlands Coordinator and Introductory Remarks by Gilbert White, CU Natural Hazards Center, August 26, 1998

Lecture # 16. What is Happening to Our Air Quality: New Models for Air Quality Control with Martin Buhr, Regional Air Quality Council, July 22, 1998

Lecture # 15. Protecting Mountain Watersheds from Nitrogen Saturation and Acidification with Mark Williams, University of Colorado, June 24, 1998

Lecture # 14. The Effect of National Legislation on Local Environmental Issues with Congressman David Skaggs, Second Congressional District, May 27, 1998

Lecture # 13. Western Water and Environmental Politics with Claudine Schneider, Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, April 15, 1998

Lecture # 12. Flood Risk and Preparedness with Marsha Hilmes, City of Fort Collins Floodplain Administrator and Larry Stern, Boulder County Sheriff Department Emergency Manager, March 11, 1998

Lecture # 11. Arrested Rivers with Chuck Forsman, University of Colorado Department of Fine Arts, February 11, 1998

Lecture # 10. Arithmetic, Energy, and Population with Al Bartlett, University of Colorado Department of Physics, January 14, 1998

Lecture # 9. Floodplain Management ? Yesterdays Decisions and Tomorrows Opportunities with Mary Fran Meyer, University of Colorado Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center, December 17, 1997

Lecture # 8. Biogeochemistry and Chemical Ecology of the Boulder Creek Watershed with Diane McKnight, University of Colorado Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, November 25, 1997

Lecture # 7. The Continental Divide Trail with John Fielder, Nature Photographer, October 23, 1997

Lecture # 6. Geomorphic Evolution of the Colorado Front Range? Origin of Landforms in the Boulder Creek Watershed with Peter Birkeland, University of Colorado Department of Geological Sciences, September 24, 1997

Lecture # 5. History of Settlement in the Boulder Creek Watershed? The Past is a Window to the Future with Patricia Limerick, University of Colorado Department of History and Tom Meier, Boulder Historical Society, August 27, 1997

Lecture # 4. Automobiles, Air Quality, and Water Quality: The Impact of Transportation on the Environment with Don Stedman, Denver University Department of Chemistry, July 26, 1997

Lecture # 3. Surface Water Flow in the Boulder Creek Watershed - Past, Present and Future with Lee Rozaklis, Hydrosphere, June 24, 1997

Lecture # 2. Aquatic Ecology of the Boulder Creek Watershed - A River Continuum Concept with Jay Windell, Aquatic and Wetlands Consultants, May 24, 1997

Lecture # 1. Boulder Creek Watershed Geology and the Concept of Ecological Footprint with Pete Palmer, Institute for Cambrian Studies, April 28, 1997

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