FLAA Student Education
Issues: Student Education, Watersheds
Partners: Adams State University, Alamosa Citizen, Rio Grande Water Conservation District, San Luis Valley Irrigation District
Airport Origin : Alamosa, CO
Fly Adam State University students to provide aerial education of the San Luis Valley and Rio Grande Basin's water systems. Further students passion and drive to protect and manage our waters.
The new Water Studies minor at Adams State engages students in the hydrology and biology of the Rio Grande Basin and San Luis Valley's water systems. The program also allows students to study the policy, legal history, education, and communications involved in the management of our waters. As the pressing need for water expertise grows, this program helps prepare our next generation to care for this precious resource.
On this trip, students flew with Ecoflight out of Alamosa and over the San Juan mountains, Sangre de Cristo, Conejos River, and more! The flights provided a new point of view on how water sustains nature, wildlife, people, communities, and economies. Throughout the flights, students heard presentations from Alamosa's Division of Water Resources, Headwaters Alliance, and Alamosa Wildlife Refuge. We hope the aerial perspective allowed a heightened understanding of land uses, water issues, river corridors, current water levels, and much more. The minor will allow students to enter their chosen career field with a larger understanding of water systems and a desire to justly manage our waters.