Get to Know Your H2O

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H2O Jo & Flo on school deskDuring the year we use water to grow crops, water our plats and lawns and prepare our food. Each day we use water to quench our thirst, bathe ourselves, flush our toilets, clean our dirty dishes and clothes, and much more.

On hot summer days we use water in a variety of ways to cool ourselves off. The ways in which we use water are endless and clean water is essential to all living things on planet earth. As the earth's population continues to grow, so too will the demands on clean water. As a result, everyone, especially our children, will need to understand the importance of water quality and its health impacts, water availability, use and how we all must take care of this precious and most valuable resource in an ever-changing world.

Learn more about non-point source pollution, ways to improve the water quality of the Big Thompson Watershed, and how to engage your children through our fascinating classroom programs and outdoor activities.


Enviroscape game at Public Works Day 2012Enviroscape
Gather round an interactive model to discover the journey rain takes in an urban (city) environment. Students discover how people impact waterways. They observe how water pollution occurs, identify typical urban contaminants, and understand their part in preventing stormwater pollution. If you'd like us to do a presentation for your class, please contact us at



The Big Trek puppet showThe "Big T" Trek
Tag along with Bella on her journey along the Big Thompson River, making friends with the critters who live in and along the river. Learn why clean water is so important and how to "Keep it clean, 'cause we're all downstream." If you'd like your classroom to take the trek, please email us at

Stormdrain Marker Installation

No Dumping, stormdrain marker

The Storm Drain Marker Program is a one in which volunteers install Storm drain markers. The City of Loveland’s intent is to install approximately 2500 storm drain markers over the next four  years with the assistance of volunteer groups.

Clean water is valued for drinking, irrigating, recreation, and a healthy riparian environment. Yet some people will dispose of used motor oil, antifreeze, household and garden chemicals, and other toxic or hazardous materials into neighborhood storm drains (inlets, catch basins and/or manholes), not realizing that there is a connection between the storm drains and our local waterways. The storm drains collect stormwater runoff from all over the City before discharging it into our local waterways. Storm drain markers are designed to raise public awareness of this connection. The City of Loveland Stormwater Utility is seeking volunteers to help install these storm drain markers.

If you are interested in participating in this program please contact Joe Chaplin at: (970) 962-2772 for more information or email us


Adopt-a-Waterway sign

Adopt-a-Waterway Program

Clean waterways are valued for drinking, planting, recreation, and a healthy riparian environment. Yet some people will dispose of landscape waste, building materials, household items, and other materials into neighborhood waterways, not realizing that there’s a connection between waterways and storm water quality. The City of Loveland has recently developed a comprehensive Adopt-A-Waterway program that enables Homeowners Associations (HOAs) and organizations such as the boy and girl scouts, Rotary and Moose Clubs, etc. to participate in improving a waterway in a number of ways. The adoptee will be supplied the necessary tools and materials by the City of Loveland Stormwater Utility to perform one or all of the following tasks:

  • Remove and properly dispose of unwanted materials from within and along a waterway at least three times per year
  • Stabilize eroding shorelines and/or stream banks
  • Remove undesirable (nuisance) vegetation
  • Install native plant materials
  • Monitor water quality through the sampling of Benthic Macro Invertebrates
  • Assist property owners in need of protecting existing vegetation from wildlife, ie beaver activity

Adopt-a-Waterway Forms:

Risk & Release
List of Dates & Activities
Safety Guidelines
Sign-in Sheet - (Please print and fill this out on location)
Clean-Up Data Form

Formally adopted waterways within the City of Loveland

To recognize those who formally Adopt-A-Waterway and to help further promote the program, the City of Loveland Stormwater Utility will have signs specially manufactured for each of the groups to display along the section of waterway that is formally adopted by them. Each sign is comprised of two separate sections. The upper sign will list the name of the waterway and the lower sign will list the name of the adopting organization. The City of Loveland Stormwater Utility will also supply all the necessary materials for each of the groups including trash bags and make sure the disposal of materials is done properly and in a timely manner. If you are interested in participating in this program please complete and submit the sign-up form, email us at Stormwater@cityofloveland.orgor contact Joe Chaplin at (970) 962-2772 for more information.

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