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Upper Colorado River Watershed Group, creating community conversation related to watershed resiliency

The UCRWG (Upper Colorado River Watershed Group) team facilitated four watershed community conversations in Grand County in November: Granby, Grand Lake, Fraser and Kremmling.

The community meetings were a first step toward their larger goal of creating a watershed group and an inclusive, community-driven watershed plan.

Several county representatives attended the Kremmling meeting on Nov. 14 including Lurline Curran-Underbrink and Commissioner-elect Rich Cimino.

The first part of the meeting was what Hillary Mizia, Program Manager and Lead Facilitator called a World Café – an exchange of ideas. By creating small group conversation each attendee was engaged and sharing ideas.

Mizia was clear at the beginning of the meeting:

“We are not here to solve problems. We are here to connect,” she said.

By creating conversations about topic such as what our dream-county looked like and not talking about solutions to problems, attendees could talk freely and work towards creating the Upper Colorado River Watershed Group and a resilient watershed plan with their neighbors.

“Our next steps are to review the information we collected from all four meetings,” said Kelly Yarbrough Project Coordinator.

“And formulate the best way to present that info back to the community at a meeting which will probably take place in February.”

The team is still working out details for the next meeting.

“This meeting will really be even more important than the preliminary meetings,” she said. “So we’re trying to encourage everyone who attended the first meetings to come back to this next one and bring a friend or two.”