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  1. 12/2/2011 PLATTE CANYON SPONSORS CONTINUING WATER EDUCATION IN DISTRICT SCHOOLS
  2. Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District has teamed up with the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network (CoCoRaHS) to sponsor its “Rain Gauge at Every School” program.
     
    CoCoRaHS is a national grassroots, non-profit, community-based, high-density precipitation network made up of volunteers of all backgrounds and ages who take daily measurements of precipitation in their backyards/schools and report their data to the CoCoRaHS network.
     
    CoCoRaHS was started in 1997 after flooding in Ft. Collins.  Because of the unpredictability of the effects and areas that were flooded it was found that precipitation is important and highly variable because data sources are few and rain gauges are far apart.  It was also found that measurements from many sources of precipitation (especially snow) are not always accurate.  What began as a community project has turned into an important nationwide precipitation database.
     
    Noah Newman of the CSU Colorado Climate Center and CoCoRaHS’ program manager stated that they are now receiving precipitation data from multiple sites that are immediately fed into data tables that can be used almost immediately to see precipitation data for specific areas on a local, state, and national level.  This data allows CoCoRaHS to supplement existing networks and provide many useful results to scientists, resource managers, decision makers and other end users on a timely basis.
     
    CoCoRaHS data is used by many entities:  National Weather Service, Hydrologists, Emergency Managers, City Utilities (water supply, water conservation), Insurance adjusters, USDA (crop production), engineers, ranchers, teachers and students.
     
    CoCoRaHS’s goal is to one day achieve a network of one observer every square mile in urban areas and one observer every 36 square miles in rural areas.  But there are still many gaps.  “A Rain Gauge at Every School” will help achieve this goal with the help from “Celebrate Colorado Water 2012,” a year where many organizations in every county of Colorado will be "celebrating" our precious water resources by focusing on educating Colorado citizens on water history and basic science, create awareness of current water issues, highlight careers in water, and create avenues for greater volunteerism and grow Colorado’s culture of stewardship.
     
    Platte Canyon is pleased to assist CoCoRaHS in this cooperative endeavor to bring valuable resource information to students residing within the District.  The District has teamed up with CoCoRaHS to supply Rain Gauges to every school in the Platte Canyon Water and Sanitation District.  There are a total of 6 public schools and 1 private school in the District.
     
    Monday, December 5, 2011 Noah Newman will be hosting a training session for Teachers from Leawood Elementary, Stony Creek Elementary, Falcon Bluffs Middle School, and Montessori Peaks Academy at the District office beginning at 4:30 p.m. to instruct the Teachers on the proper way to collect and report measurement data.  The training is an important part of the process to assure accurate, high quality data is collected and reported to the CoCoRaHS network.
     
    For more information on the District’s sponsorship of this program, if your school is interested in joining the program, or if you have general questions about the program, please contact Alyssa Quinn at 303-979-2333.  You can also visit the program’s website at www.cocorahs.org.