Sponsored by Water Research Foundation with support by USEPA Source Water Protection Program and Urban Waters Federal Partnership

Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House

1355 Curtis Street

Denver, CO 80202

Workshop objective

  • Evaluating the potential for wildfire in specific source water protection areas

  • Understanding the impacts of wildfire on water quality, including geochemical, biogeochemical and physical (e.g., sediment load) changes over time

  • Identifying and characterizing strategies that are effective for mitigating or minimizing wildfire impacts

  • Assessing implications of land disturbance on water quality and drinking water treatability

  • Determining the mechanisms and timeframes for watersheds to recover from wildfires

  • Understanding challenges faced by drinking water utilities after wildfires and solutions that have been effective

  • Assessing strategies for managing and protecting water quality with proven restoration and management practice

  • Providing case studies of inter-municipal cooperation and management strategies and funding mechanisms among water utilities and other governmental agencies (e.g., U.S. Forest Service) and NGOs in addressing wildfires and their impacts on the drinking water industry

 

DRAFT AGENDA

April 4, 2013 

8:00 – 8:45

Registration and Breakfast

8:45 – 9:00

Welcome and Purpose – Shonnie Cline, Water Research Foundation

9:00 – 9:15

Opening Remarks 1 - Jim Lochhead, Denver Water

9:15 – 9:30

Opening Remarks 2 - Congresswoman Diana DeGette

9:30 – 10:00

Wildfire in the United States: Recent History, Context and Trends - Tim Sexton, the RMRS Wildland Fire Management Research

10:00 – 10:20

Mitigating Risks of Wildfire for Drinking Water Systems - Chi Ho Sham, Cadmus

 

 

10:20- 10:30

Break

 

 

Session 1 - Assessing and Reducing Risk

10:30 – 10:50

Integration of Emergency Preparedness for the High Park Fire – A Utility Perspective - Kevin R. Gertig, City of Fort Collins Utilities

10:50 – 11:10

Landscape Restoration and Watersheds—the Four Forest Restoration Initiative - Dick Fleishman, Four Forest Restoration Initiative 

11:10 – 11:30

Pre- and Post-Fire Watershed Protection - Focusing on Effectiveness - Brad Piehl, JW Associates

11:30 – 12:00

Questions and Answers

 

 

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch

 

 

Session 2 - Wildfire Impacts to Water Quality and Quantity

1:00 – 1:20

The Lost Creek Wildfire of Southern Alberta, Canada: 10 years, 7 Watersheds and Continued Impacts - Monica B. Emelko, University of Waterloo

1:20 – 1:40

Impact of the High Park Fire on Water Quality - Fernando L. Rosario-Ortiz, University of Colorado

1:40 – 2:00

Wildfire Effects on Water Supplies: Understanding Impacts on the Timing and Quantity of Post-fire Runoff and Stream Flows - Deborah Martin, USGS

2:00 – 2:30

Questions and Answers

 

 

2:30 – 3:00

Break

 

 

Session 3 - Restoration and Management Practices

3:00 – 3:20

The Power of Partnerships: Leveraging Resources To Get The Job Done - Carol Ekarius, Coalition for the Upper South Platte

3:20 – 3:40

After the Wildfires – Permitting and Related Environmental Issues - Don Kennedy, Denver Water

3:40 – 4:00

Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Program Overview and Treatment Effectiveness - Penny Luehring, National BAER & Watershed Improvement Program

4:00 – 4:20

Collaboration & Coffee Cake: They Have More in Common Than You Think! - Felicity Broennan, Santa Fe Watershed Association

4:20 – 4:50

Questions and Answers

4:50 – 5:00

Closing Remarks

April 5, 2013 

The second day of the workshop will be open to a small group of people that will be identified by the workshop organizers in advance. The second day participants will discuss the information gaps and the research needs. If you are interested in participating into the second day activities, please contact Kenan Ozekin.
 
 

 Registration

Registration for the workshop is closed.  If you would like to attend the workshop please contact Kenan Ozekin at kozekin@waterrf.org

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 Workshop Documents

Emelko_The Lost Creek Wildfire of Southern Alberta.pdfEmelko_The Lost Creek Wildfire of Southern AlbertaNo presence informationkozekin
Deborah Martin_Wildfire Effects on Water Supplies_Understanding Impacts on the Timing and Quantity of Post-fire Runoff.pdfDeborah Martin_Wildfire Effects on Water Supplies_Understanding Impacts on the Timing and Quantity of Post-fire RunoffNo presence informationkozekin
Penny Luehring_Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Program Overview and Treatment Effectiveness.pdfPenny Luehring_Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Program Overview and Treatment EffectivenessNo presence informationkozekin
Shonnie Cline_Welcome and Introductions.pdfShonnie Cline_Welcome and IntroductionsNo presence informationkozekin
Tim Sexton_Wildfire in the United States_Recent History, Context and Trends.pdfTim Sexton_Wildfire in the United States_Recent History, Context and TrendsNo presence informationkozekin
Kevin Gertig_Integration of Emergency Preparedness for the High Park Fire – A Utility Perspective.pdfKevin Gertig_Integration of Emergency Preparedness for the High Park Fire – A Utility PerspectiveNo presence informationkozekin
Dick Fleishman_Landscape Restoration and Watersheds—the Four Forest Restoration Initiative.pdfDick Fleishman_Landscape Restoration and Watersheds—the Four Forest Restoration InitiativeNo presence informationkozekin
Don Kennedy_After the Wildfires – Permitting and Related Environmental Issues.pdfDon Kennedy_After the Wildfires – Permitting and Related Environmental IssuesNo presence informationkozekin
Fernando Rosario-Ortiz_Impact of the High Park Fire on Water Quality.pdfFernando Rosario-Ortiz_Impact of the High Park Fire on Water QualityNo presence informationkozekin
Chi Ho Sham_Mitigating Risks of Wildfire for Drinking Water Systems.pdfChi Ho Sham_Mitigating Risks of Wildfire for Drinking Water SystemsNo presence informationkozekin
Brad Piehl_Pre- and Post-Fire Watershed Protection - Focusing on Effectiveness.pdfBrad Piehl_Pre- and Post-Fire Watershed Protection - Focusing on EffectivenessNo presence informationkozekin
Wildfire Workshop Final Agenda.pdfWildfire Workshop Final AgendaNo presence informationkozekin