Partners and Resources

Partnering To Expand Our Mission

As Northern Water continues to grow our Water Efficiency program, partnerships have been a big part of allowing us to expand our mission and extend our reach into the communities we serve. Our partners offer a variety of professional services to our water users, participants and allottees allowing us to offer relevant resources throughout the year, including trainings and certifications.  

Landscape Renovation Resources 

As you’re considering a consultation of your landscape, we’ve compiled a great guide that provides you with additional resources for design, irrigation and construction professionals.  

Landscape Renovation Resources Guide
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Alliance for Water Efficiency

With online resources for water conservation and efficiency, the Alliance for Water Efficiency serves as a North American advocate for water-efficient products and programs. Northern Water is a participant in their water efficiency campaigns.  

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Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado 

Representing Colorado’s landscape community, this statewide organization is a strategic partner for Northern Water’s outreach, education, audits and grants projects. 

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A division of Colorado State University, CoAgMET operates agricultural weather stations throughout Colorado for agricultural and municipal use. Northern Water partners with this organization to focus on future enhancements for our weather network.  

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Colorado Climate Center

The Colorado Climate Center is located at Colorado State University, within the Department of Atmospheric Science. The Center assists with quality assurance and control for our weather network.

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Colorado Water – Live Like You Love It

Brought to you by Colorado WaterWise, the Live Like You Love It campaign focuses on Colorado water and its value to our residents and business owners. Northern Water utilizes outreach material that support water efficiency, quality and care. 

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Colorado Tree Coalition

A volunteer organization with a mission to lead statewide efforts to preserve, renew and enhance community forests. The group provides information on trees that grow well in Colorado.  

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Colorado WaterWise 

This organization addresses the state’s water challenges by improving water efficiency through connecting diverse communities, creating innovative solutions and providing valuable resources. Northern Water is a founding member of this organization and holds a seat on the board. 

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Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network 

A community-based nonprofit network of volunteers working together to measure and map precipitation. Northern Water participates in this program and records collected data. Our station number is CO-LR-746. See our station in the Conservation Gardens by the weather station.

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CSU Extension 

Provides educational information and programs that safeguard health, increase livelihood and enhance wellbeing. Northern Water works alongside the Extension to host efficiency events, provide consultations and collaborate on projects.

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Denver Botanic Gardens

Denver Botanic Gardens spreads its collective wisdom through outreach, collaboration and education. Its horticultural outreach programs include design consultations and other services for municipalities and community projects. 

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EPA WaterSense 

WaterSense is the federal government water efficiency partnership for products, certifications and programs. The WaterSense label makes it simple to find water-efficient products, new homes and programs that meet EPA’s criteria for efficiency and performance. Northern Water is a WaterSense Utility Promotional Partner.

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Irrigation Innovation Consortium

A collaborative research effort to accelerate the development and adoption of water and energy efficient irrigation technologies and practices through public-private partnerships. Northern Water is one of eight founding industry partners. 

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Plant Select 

Plant Select is a brand designation for species adapted or designed to thrive in high plains and intermountain regions. Northern Water is proud to host a Plant Select Showcase Garden supporting the use of durable, resilient, unique and vibrant plants. Find Plant Select species at local nurseries. 

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Resource Central 

An innovative nonprofit dedicated to helping people save water, reduce waste and conserve energy. We utilize their services by contracting with Resource Central to extend the Slow the Flow irrigation auditing services within our boundaries. Interested in an audit? Contact Ally Mazurek to see if you qualify.

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Rocky Mountain Sod Growers 

Committed to providing top quality turf service throughout the Rocky Mountain region. RMSG stays current on the latest scientific trends to ensure the products remain beneficial to the environment. Northern Water is a partnering organization.

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Sonoran Institute

Through the Growing Water Smart program, the Sonoran Institute offers workshops to train municipalities and government agencies to adopt resource-efficient landscape ordinances.    

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WaterNow Alliance

WaterNow Alliance is a forum for water leaders who want to champion sustainable, affordable and climate resilient water strategies. 

Landscape Certifications  

Get More out of the Landscape You Manage

Your landscape can do more than look nice and be water smart; it can also be more sustainable. Many public and private landscape managers are looking to implement sustainability, water conservation and address habitat loss through the land they control. As a result, non-profits have created frameworks to help in the planning efforts. They provide landscape certifications for residential and commercial landscape managers to adopt when renovating or creating new landscapes. These models seek to provide diversified landscape benefits, including habitat, ecosystem services, drought resilience and reduced water use. They frequently employ native plants, efficient irrigation and the opportunity for signage. In order to accomplish these diverse goals, they may look different than traditional landscapes, using less turf, hosting a variety of plant and landscape material, and sustainable practices.  

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Audobon of the Rockies - Habitat Hero

One of the biggest bird conservation threats is habitat loss. To address this, the Habitat Hero program provides people, businesses and cities with the resources to create bird habitat in their own communities and help share the benefits of landscapes that provide these services.

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Audobon International

Interested in conservation for city-wide or larger commercial landscapes?  Audubon International will help you execute the practices needed to achieve the highest standards in environmental sustainability, including achieving numerous certifications.  Options exist for school, museums, hotels, HOAs and more.  

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National Wildlife Federation - Certified Wildlife Habitat

Since 1973, Garden for Wildlife has been educating and empowering people to turn their own small pieces of Earth into thriving habitat for birds, bees, butterflies, and other wildlife, and to help others do the same.  

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Sustainable Sites Initiative

Sites is used by landscape architects, designers, engineers, planners, ecologists, architects, developers, policy-makers and others to align land development and management with innovative sustainable design.

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Xerces Society - Pollinator Protection

If you are looking to support and protect pollinators, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization that protects the natural world through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats with guidance, programs and recognition.