NEWS – June 2015 – Teacher Program, Greeley, Colorado


The American Ground Water Trust’s training program Ground Water Institute for Teachers™ has trained total of 2,000 teachers and educators in 17 states. The latest program held in Weld County, Colorado had a focus on local water issues. The two-day program was co-sponsored by the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District and the Poudre Learning Center.  The objective of the program is to help teachers understand the basic cause-and effect in groundwater and surface water so they can better understand the science that should be guiding water management decisions.  The program emphasized the ways in which water topics can be integrated with existing school curriculum and included some hands-on activities that could be applied at different grade levels.  The program detail below shows the variety of topics covered at the program..

Building blocks to hydrologic literacy
The geology and hydrologic characteristics of Colorado aquifers
Routes to sustainability for natural gas development in Colorado
19th century and 20th century changes in the South Platte River
Water supply challenges and solutions for an irrigation farmer
Protecting resources for sustainability
Education resources available for Colorado teachers

The presentation team included:
Chuck Call, Well Watch Coordinator, Greeley (pictured next to monitoring well on the grounds of Greeley HS)
Glen Fritzler, Weld County Grower, LaSalle
Robert Longenbaugh, Consultant Engineer, Fort Collins
Peter Barkmann, Hydrogeologist, Colorado Geological Survey, Golden
Kathy Parker, Public Information/Education Coordinator, CCWCD, Greeley
Greeley Laura Belanger, Environmental Engineer, Western Resource Advocates, Boulder
Joe Ryan, Faculty Director, Sustainability Research Network, University of Colorado, Boulder
Caitlin Coleman, Communications Specialist, Colorado Foundation for Water Education, Denver

The program was sponsored by generous support from: