You have a real knack at bringing people of diverse interests together to explain their views and engage in open dialogue about water issues in the basin. Through this dialogue, a wider understanding of water issues has evolved and along with it an opportunity for many to find common ground.
~Jean Van Pelt - Arkansas River Basin Water Forum
Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District
Education Planning and Implementation
"You have been such a huge help on the development of our education plan and I truly appreciate all you have done for the District and more importantly for me."
--Chelsey Nutter - Projects Manager
Nearly 40-years ago, irrigators in the Upper Arkansas River Basin helped to form the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District (UAWCD) to protect and secure water in the region. Overtime, the District service area grew and today, includes Custer and Fremont Counties.
Colorado water law and the management of water resources is complex and equally is the work of the UACWD. Most water districts, water managers and other water resource professionals are challenged with effectively educating the public on this important natural resource - and UAWCD is no exception. Over the years, the District had been educating, but not effectively with certain audiences. Many didn’t understand the services the District provided or their role with water resource management. It had become evident that to be the local source for water information they would need to step up their education and communication efforts.
Over the course of 4-months, Infinite Moon provided comprehensive stakeholder outreach and interviews to survey and better understand water education needs in the District service area. The result was a comprehensive plan with recommendations for new and enhanced communication strategies and messaging, as well as new educational programs.
Following the development of the plan in August 2017, Infinite Moon has been retained to provide on-going services to assist with the implementation of the plan through 2018. Work has included the redesign of their website, social media, new educational materials such as brochures and movies, and new educational programming.
Arkansas River Basin Water Forum
Non-Profit and Program Management
As one of the most important natural resources in Colorado, the water future of the Arkansas River Basin depends on education, dialog, and a deeper understanding of all sides of water issues. The Arkansas River Basin Water Forum has been at the forefront of this conversation for 25-years.
In 2018, Kristie became the program manager for the Arkansas River Basin Water Forum, a 501 (c)3 non-profit that serves as a conduit for information about the Arkansas River Basin in Colorado and for issues related to water allocation and management. The Forum is a friendly, constructive medium where individuals and organizations are able to explain their views and engage in open dialogue with other water users in the basin.
As the program manager, Kristie manages the non-profit year-round and works closely with the board of directors and annual planning committee to lead the most important annual water event in the Basin.
In 2019, the Forum was held at the Pueblo Convention Center and welcomed nearly 225 folks from around the Basin and state. The Forum exceeded all registration, sponsorship and attendance goals. See you in Salida in 2020~
View letter of recommendation here.
Preserving a Special Agricultural Community
"Thanks for the kind words, Kristie. We’re not done yet; we are committed to a viable, sustainable, successful revegetation effort that hopefully can be held up as a model for others."
-Roy Heald - Security Water and Sanitation District
"An even bigger thank you for ALL YOU DID to make it happen. Your ability to work with others and find common ground has impressed me since the first day I met you. The community is fortunate to have you amongst us."
- Terry Andrews - Community Member
In December 2013, a very special ranch along Highway 50 in Coaldale, Colorado was sold to Security Water and Sanitation District for its water. The concern was that if Security chose "business as usual", the land would be sold, divided and developed with no regard given to the land, people and wildlife. This change would impact wildlife migration patterns, surrounding property values, and our way of life. An iconic and beautiful part of the Upper Arkansas Valley loved by so many would lose a piece of its heritage, forever.
The Coaldale Alliance is a 509 (a)(2) non-profit formed in September 2016 by Kristie Nackord of Infinite Moon, along with other passionate community members, to give voice to the residents of Coaldale regarding the sale of the CB Ranch to Security Water District. One hundred (100) members strong, the Alliance worked to ensure the Coaldale community had a voice in the water court proceedings and to advocate for outcomes that benefited the land, people and wildlife.
What resulted was a commitment from Security who agreed to a five-year stewardship covenant which will be held by a land trust, to ensure the proper revegetation of the ranch. The next hope is that Security Water District will ultimately sell the land to an agricultural buyer at an agricultural price (key here!), so that the land can be maintained as open space to preserve this special agricultural community.