You're Invited to Attend the Sixth Annual Poudre River Forum

Friday February 1, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Drake Centre
802 West Drake Road | Fort Collins, CO


Full Admission - $60
Discounted Admission - $30
Scholarships Available

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Final Agenda


Is it possible for a working river to be a healthy river? This years Poudre River Forum will give us a chance to puzzle through that question. The Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group (PRTI) was formed in 2012 to bring together those who are most concerned about the Poudre as a working river—delivering urban and agricultural economic benefits—and those concerned about the river's health. Building relationships and finding common ground for action has led to this 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 get to know other Poudre River enthusiasts.

Featuring Keynote Speaker, Ed Barbier
Author of Water Paradox and CSU Professor of Economics
Barbier's book, to be released by Yale University Press in February 2019, is touted as
"a radical new approach to tackling the growing threat of water scarcity."


    Water Rights: Answers to frequently asked questions like: What gives Thornton rights to take Poudre water south? What kind of water right does Northern Water have for filling Glade Reservoir if NISP is approved? How are water rights expanded to benefit habitat and recreation? Does the new whitewater park in downtown Ft. Collins have any impact on agricultural water rights? How are Poudre water rights administered? Does having water rights include responsibility for water quality?

    Thinking Outside the (Puzzle) Box: What are the looming challenges for the Poudre and are there any new approaches we might take to tackle them?

    Water Sharing: Experiments underway that apply creativity and collaboration toward working/healthy river balance.

    And more! Click here to view the full program.


We invite you to be a sponsor of the sixth annual Poudre River Forum!

We expect 300-350 registrants this year. Your sponsor dollars underwrite the Poudre River Forum and related PRTI educational initiatives. Sponsorship gives you exposure to the wide range of those interested in the Poudre River. Your sponsor dollars give us the means to keep registration cost reasonable, and to provide scholarships for students and others who otherwise could not afford to participate.

Sponsorships range from $250 to $2500. More information is available here.

All sponsors contributing $250 or more will be recognized with their logo:

  • Linked on our webpage
  • In the printed program
  • On the display screen the day of the event

For sponsors contributing $500 or more, complimentary registrations will be granted as follows:

  • $500—one complimentary registration valued at $60
  • $1000—two complimentary registrations valued at a total of $120
  • $2000 or more—four complimentary registrations valued at a total of $240

Interested in supporting the Forum? Click here to submit your sponsor payment.

2019 Forum sponsors include:


PRTI will present its annual award to recognize achievements toward its goal of making the Cache la Poudre River a premier 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.

Our definition of a healthy working river is one that supplies the goods and services demanded by our complex society, within the existing and evolving water rights system and honoring existing property rights, while maintaining and improving ecological integrity and resilience.

The deadline for submitting nominations for this year's Poudre Pioneer Award has closed. We received several exceptional nominations, and the recipient will be announced at the forum on February 1.