Aftermath Sessions Discuss Impacts of Wildfires

Assessing our Watersheds and Launching our Recovery

In fall 2020, the two largest wildfires in Colorado history burned hundreds of thousands of forested acres in Northern Colorado. The region’s water users may face years of uncertainty regarding the quality and quantity of native supplies, as well as water from the Colorado-Big Thompson and Windy Gap projects. This is truly a watershed moment.

In December 2020, Northern Water launched a series of "Aftermath" webinars that will discuss the impacts of the year’s consequential fires: Cameron Peak, East Troublesome, Calwood and Left Hand, and how these consequential fires may relate to the availability of regional water supplies in 2021 and beyond.

Aftermath #2 

The second Aftermath session was on March 9, 2021 via Zoom webinar. The past few months have allowed local stakeholders to talk about the structure for recovery planning and implementation. Local water providers have also heard basin-specific options for water deliveries in 2021 and beyond. 

Presentations included:

Aftermath #4

Given the recent increase in COVID-19 cases throughout the region, Northern Water elected to convert its planned West Slope Fire Tour to a virtual webinar on Sept. 21, 2021 that highlighted East Troublesome Fire recovery efforts. The webinar was designed for water users to learn more about the recovery efforts from the East Troublesome Fire that swept through Grand County in October 2020. Presentations included an overview of where we are one year later, cleanup efforts to our existing Colorado-Big Thompson Project infrastructure and a review of the projects we have completed thus far.

Presentations and videos included: