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Future water leaders arise from education

Posted: Friday, Nov 29th, 2013


Conejos Water Conservancy District Manager and Conejos County Conservation District Supervisor Nathan Coombs teaches Conejos County students about the importance of the Valley’s water earlier this year at the Manassa Ditch No. 1 south of La Jara. Courier file photo by Lauren Krizansky


Courier staff writer

VALLEY — Colorado youth are tomorrow’s water leaders, and in the Valley they are getting a head start.

Natural resource education opportunities are abundant between the Sangre de Cristos and the San Juans, and teachers are connecting their students to one of the Valley’s most priceless resources - water - through Colorado Academic Standards approved lessons in nature’s classroom.

“Water, where it comes from affects us and what happens in our community,” explained Conejos Water Conservancy District Manager and Conejos County Conservation District Supervisor Nathan Coombs to a group of North Conejos School District students earlier this year. “And we have to measure water to know if it is going to the right places... the value of water is tremendous.”

After breaking down water management in the Conejos District to a few key vocabulary words - priority, compact, curtail, diversion, aquifer, ground water and surface water - Coombs brought it to life standing over the Conejos River on the Manassa Ditch No. 1 with the 65 middle school students, discussing the 97 diversions between the Platoro Reservoir and where they were standing.



For the complete article see the 11-30-2013 issue.

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