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The Middle Colorado River Watershed Partnership continues its seminar series with a presentation on how Colorado River water is managed in Garfield County.

The seminar is set for 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Ave.

Water engineer Dave Merritt, Garfield County’s representative on the Colorado River Water Conservation District board, will give a talk titled “Water in Our Backyard: the Implications of Colorado Water Management in Our Region.”

Merritt will focus on how water management in the Colorado River basin, from its headwaters in Grand County to the Utah state line, affects the middle Colorado River watershed, which stretches from Glenwood Canyon to DeBeque Canyon.

The seminar is intended to clarify how the Middle Colorado River Watershed fits into the broader and often complex picture of the state’s water system.

Friday’s seminar will be followed by the regular meeting of the Middle Colorado River Watershed Partnership, which is open to the public. The meeting will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

The partnership is a volunteer effort seeking collaborative approaches to protecting and enhancing the Middle Colorado River Watershed.

For more information, contact Clark Anderson at 384-4364 or visit: http://sites.google.com/site/midcoriverpartnership/.

The Aspen Golf Club has again been designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through Audubon International.

“To reach certification, we had to demonstrate that we are maintaining a very high degree of environmental quality in planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach and education, chemical use reduction and water conservation,” said Steve Aitken, director of the Aspen Golf Club.

The course has been a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary since 2000. At that time, it was one of only 200 in the world and the fifth in Colorado to achieve the recognition. This year, Aspen Golf Club is one of 816 courses worldwide to receive the honor.

City officials say the golf course has been continually striving to find ways to make its operations environmentally friendly. Recently the city installed a state-of-the-art irrigation system which saves more than 30 million gallons of water annually.

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