February 2, 2018
8:00am - 4:30pm

Island Grove Events Center, Greeley

Listening to Understand

"Listening to Understand" is the theme of our fifth annual Poudre River Forum.
Register now to join us! Registration includes the full day's program, as well as breakfast, lunch, and a closing beer/soft drinks celebration with opportunities to win Poudre prizes. Pre-registration is required.

Each year, the Forum brings together those who farm on the Poudre, drink beer from the Poudre, and advocate for Poudre health to learn from one another and to explore how we might move from conflict to collaboration in regard to the Poudre.

This year's program gives us the opportunity to see how well we can listen and ask questions instead of postulating positions, to help us bridge ideological barriers.

This year's topics include

  • As the Poudre Flows—a set of provocative, dialogue-stimulating "lightening talks" from a range of speakers with contrasting views about what can improve and what can damage Poudre flows
  • Can we Grow Water Smart?—late breaking alternative scenarios from the evolving Colorado Water Plan, and regional insights on integration of land use planning with water supply planning
  • How are Poudre Farmers Improving Poudre Water Quality through Air Quality Monitoring?

Back from last year

  • More from Professor Carcasson on how building relationships can break down water issue polarization
  • Poudre Splashes—snapshots of 2017 Poudre activities—click here to submit your entry.
  • Table dialogues—your chance to practice listening to understand!

New this year

  • Awarding of our first annual Poudre Pioneer Award. Click here to nominate someone.
  • Breakfast! Grab a hearty breakfast sandwich to enjoy as you take in more than two dozen Poudre educational displays.

Keynote Speaker

The rave reviews you gave our 2014 Poudre River Forum keynote speaker convinced us to bring him back. Retired Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs will be joined by Univeristy of Northern Colorado History professor Dr. Michael Welsh to give us a glimpse into their upcoming book about how Greeley's water history helped shape prior appropriation throughout the west as we know it today.

Submit Your Project for "Poudre River Splashes"

Once again, the Forum will feature a short video showcasing a wide variety of Poudre watershed activities and projects that took place since last year's forum. From the projects we receive, we will choose ten to showcase at the Forum in a short video. All ideas submitted will be placed on our website, but the ten selected will be the ones we think best show a diversity of activites from a variety of sectors—urban, industrial, environmental, recreational, or agricultural. Click here for details to submit your entry.

Host a Display

Informational displays from river and water-related organizations, agencies, and businesses enrich the day. This year participants will have even more time to learn from your knowledge, expertise, and connections as we have added breakfast to entice folks to your displays. For more information about displays and how to register for one, click here.

Be a Sponsor

The Poudre River Forum is a self-sustaining community event. We are actively seeking sponsorships to help cover costs. If your company or institution is interested in this opportunity to show that they value bringing diverse voices and concerns together to learn about the Poudre River, please click here for more information.

Nominate Someone for our Inaugural "Poudre Pioneer Award"

The Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group (PRTI) is initiating this year an annual award to recognize achievements toward its goal of making the Cache la Poudre River the world's best example of a healthy working river. We wish to recognize individuals or organizations, including businesses and public agencies, who have contributed substantially to furthering our goal. Nominations are due December 15, 2017. Click here for more details.