“Whiskey’s for drinking, water’s for fighting” has been a common saying in the west for over a hundred years. Water here is in short supply and is becoming an ever more urgent topic. 

On Sunday afternoon, October 13, the new Headwaters Center in Winter Park will host a presentation called “Water In Colorado — We’re In This Together” featuring Trout Unlimited’s water lawyer, Mely Whiting.  

Whiting’s nearly 30 years representing local, state and federal government, as well as private entities, gives her unique insight into the difficult challenges and possible solutions surrounding water. During the last twelve years with Trout Unlimited, her focus has gradually shifted from legal battles with Denver and Northern Water to a more cooperative approach that is actually helping our rivers. 

Is it better to fight the diverters or work with them to make the best of the reality we face? This is your chance to hear from someone who actually is an expert at answering that question and works to find the balance that brings the best results. Join the discussion Sunday, October 13 at 3:00 PM at the Headwaters Center in Winter Park.

Mely is on the Intrastate Basin Compact Committee (IBCC), is a member of the Southwest Basin Roundtable and the Southwest U.S. Forest Service Regional Advisory Committee (RAC). She’s also co-chair of the local group known as Learning by Doing (LBD). 

Sunday’s event is geared to lay audiences and will include a description of Colorado’s new water plan. Additional local and state water conservation experts will share their perspectives and participate in the discussion which will include film clips and end with a Q & A segment. 

More information is available on the local Trout Unlimited website at www.coheadwaters.org.