Education & Outreach Committee

Since education and outreach are the most effective ways to implement changes in water consumption, this committee will be an integral component in the success of this plan. This committee consists of volunteers from the Drought Preparedness Plan Membership. Participation and messaging of the Education and Outreach Committee requires approval by the Drought Preparedness Committee. All media forms will be used to educate and communicate with the water users in Grand County. Education and outreach should be a year‐round effort and this committee will meet accordingly. Education and Outreach Committee members are selected by a vote of the participating Drought Preparedness Plan members.

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Objectives

The objectives of the Grand County Public Information and Drought Awareness Communications Strategy are:

  • Inform the Grand County community about changes in the drought status in a timely manner;
  • Educate the Grand County community about their role and responsibilities during the current drought status;
  • Coordinate public information campaign efforts with all DPP Committee Members;
  • Increase knowledge about water demand and supply throughout the community;
  • Provide resources to track updates, other drought status rules, and additional drought information;
  • Promote water-saving behaviors during a drought; and
  • Encourage water-efficient behaviors during non-drought periods.


Key Messages

Below are key messages, both primary and secondary, to help the community understand our water supply situation and the potential subsequent restrictions.

Education is key. Citizens can help reduce water use by educating family, neighbors and co-workers. Education is a critical first step of enforcing restrictions.

We can all make a difference. Everyone in our community can help conserve water at home and at work. co.grand.co.us will provide links to relevant programs and resources to assist our County.

Water Providers and Districts may go to higher levels of restrictions. Stay updated on the current status. Higher levels of restrictions include rate increases to further promote conservation and recognize the reduction in revenue due to less water use.

It all begins in Grand County. The Colorado River is the lifeblood of the West, and it all begins in Grand County. We demand a lot from our river - From recreation, wildlife and agriculture, to our drinking water, scenery and diversions to the Front Range. As the headwaters of the Colorado River, it is incumbent to be leaders in the conversation in being stewards to our river.

Drought is a naturally occurring consequence in semi-arid climates like Colorado. Droughts happen when there is not enough water in our streams and reservoirs due to low precipitation, snowpack and climate factors. Reduced water supplies cause lower storage levels, so there is less water for local residents, businesses, agriculture, and recreation. Grand County has a Drought Preparedness Plan. Our response strategy identifies ways to extend water supplies through a drought and is consistent with similar plans of surrounding cities and counties. To ensure we all have enough water for our most essential uses, sometimes customer restrictions are necessary, depending on which of the four stages of drought we are in.

Share water supply and demand information throughout the community in a single, unified source. A single, unified source of information on drought status, restrictions, and current water demand and supply provides consistent messaging to all members of the community and helps reduce confusion arising from multiple, conflicting sources. This single information source would likely live on the County’s webpage, and/or a separate drought preparedness page, and on social media accounts.


Want to know more? Read the Grand County Public Information and Drought Awareness Communications Strategy