Water for agriculture is emphasis of this year's Poudre River Forum

The Cache La Poudre River, which flows from the mountains west of Fort Collins through Timnath and Windsor to the plains east of Greeley, is at the heart of countless activities: From irrigating crops and lawns to providing drinking water for more than 365,000 people to hosting numerous recreational sports.

Those with connections to the Poudre will be gathering in early February for the Third Annual Poudre River Forum. This year’s forum – “Cultivating Connections for a Healthy, Working River” – will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 5 at The Ranch Events Complex, 5280 Arena Circle Dr. in Loveland. Pre-registration is required for all participants.

Sponsored by the Poudre Runs Through It Study/Action Work Group, the forum serves as a community-wide gathering of people from agricultural, municipal, business, recreational and environmental backgrounds to discuss the importance of the Poudre River.

Once again, this year’s event will be facilitated by the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University. “The forum is a great opportunity for the communities connected by the Poudre River to come together to better understand the river and each other,” said Reagan Waskom, director of CWI.

Register at http://cwi.colostate.edu/ThePoudreRunsThroughIt. Registration is $50 and includes lunch and reception. Scholarships for students and reduced rates are available. The deadline to register is Jan. 25.

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