OWOW Center Winter Newsletter:
Colorado WaterWise 8th Annual Water Conservation Summit
 
Join Colorado WaterWise on December 2nd in St. Catejans on Auraria Campus for the Water Conservation Summit. This year's event focuses on water education and includes topics such as water festivals, Project WET, statewide water awareness initiatives, campus water research, and education and water use within the brewing industry. The keynote speaker is Zachary Johnson from CSU's College of Horticultural Sciences to discuss Connecting the Relationship Between Landscape and Health. Click Here for the program. To register Click Here. Student registration discounts are available!  

Dates to Remember

November 17:
Great Divide at SIE Film Center (details below)  
November 21-27:
Fall Break
November 24:
Thanksgiving: Campus Closed
December 2:
Colorado WaterWise Conservation Summit
December 25 - January 1:
Winter Break: Campus Closed
January 17:
Spring Semester Begins  


Student Corner

Registration for Spring 2017 started on November 7th. For a list of water studies classes that are available next semester, please visit the OWOW Center 
website
 
December 12-17:  
Finals Week
December 16-18:
Commencement
 
Clean River Design Challenge

Each year volunteers with the Greenway Foundation remove 2,400lbs of trash from the South Platte River. Now, they are challenging themselves and others to do even more with the Clean River Design Challenge. This competition challenges teams of college students to create a functional trash removal device. The winning teams will be awarded $2000! Teams must register online by February 1, 2017. For questions please send an email to: info@greenwayfoundation.org
Great Divide at SIE Film Center

This Thursday, join the Colorado Water Trust for a screening of 'The Great Divide', a film by Havey Productions. Proceeds from the event will support the work of the Water Trust to restore flows to Colorado's rivers in need. For more event details Click Here. Space is limited! Get Tickets.
Plastic Bag Ban in California

Many other cities and countries have passed plastic bag bans, but
California
is the very first U.S. state to pass a statewide ban on the bags. Over half of votes in California recently voted YES on Proposition 67 to ban single-use plastic bags. The voters chose to uphold Senate Bill 270 that was created by California lawmakers in 2014 to ban single-use plastic b ags. Customers will not be stranded if they forget to bring a reusable bag. Large fo od retailers, pharmacies, corner markets and liquor stores can offer paper or thicker plastic bags for a fee. California has a long history with progressive plastic bag bans. San  Francisco was one of the first cities in the U.S. to ban single-use plastic bags in the 2000s. For more details Click Here.
Ross Sea Protected    

Photo by John Weller
"This idea¬≠ - that we had but one pristine place left in the entire ocean - got under my skin."  -John Weller
 
In 2004, a hand shake between David Ainley and John Weller signified the beginning of The Last Ocean Project. The Last Ocean Project was created to protect the Ross Sea, the last large intact marine ecosystem on Earth. On October 27, 2016 the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area proposal was adopted at the Commission for the Conservation of Marine Living Resources annual meeting. To further understand this momentous achievement, check out this National Geographic article  by John Weller.