Water management and understanding is always crucial, but with drought, flooding and wildfires this year, education is paramount in the Upper Arkansas River Valley. In partnership with the Foodshed Alliance, the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District is sponsoring two installments of the Upper Arkansas River Water Festival to educate the public about the crucial role water plays in our lives.

The first festival will be held at the Salida Farmers Market in Alpine Park 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. The second will be held at the Buena Vista Farmers Market in South Main Square 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. There will be demonstrations and exhibits for the entire family to enjoy. It is free and open to the public.

Ashley Ahlene, Foodshed Alliance market manager, said, when people wonder about the greenness of this desert valley, it can all be explained through the diversion of water, water law, storage and other water management activities. “Water benefits everyone in the valley.”

Interested in getting involved? Email Chelsey Nutter at projects@uawcd.com.

For more information about the UAWCD, visit www.uawcd.com/. For more information about the farmer’s markets visit https://foodshedalliance.com.