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Mountain Environment Speaker

June 24, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 7:00 pm

Jeff Derry, Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies, will be the guest speaker for SOIL Sangre de Cristo’s June “Speaker Series”.  The event will be held virtually on June 24, 7pm via Zoom.

The Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies (CSAS) is a non-profit devoted to serving the mountain science community and regional resource managers by hosting and conducting interdisciplinary research and sustaining integrative 24/7/365 monitoring that captures weather, snowpack, radiation, soils, plant communities and hydrologic signals of regional climate trends. Located in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, CSAS provides one of the highest altitude continuously monitored mountain dataset available.

About 80% of Colorado’s water supply comes from snowmelt.  This presentation briefly discusses snow data collection, the challenges of monitoring the snowpack, and general snowpack trends.   From here the discussion shifts to CSAS’s Colorado Dust-on-Snow program, an applied science program serving stakeholders in all major Colorado watersheds. Desert dust transported from adjacent arid regions is deposited on the Colorado snowpack, drastically altering spring runoff and storage of water in mountain snow.  With changing climate and increased development in the desert southwest, aridification and dust transport will continue to be a major driver of change. These factors will be summarized as to what it means for runoff forecasts and water resources.  

SOIL Sangre de Cristo started in the south-central region of Colorado in early 2020 and has grown to 64 members.  It encompasses 5 counties including the San Luis Valley and south to the border of New Mexico.  Within its first year $20,000 was loaned to 3 area food producers in our region.

Thursday, June 24, 7pm

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Please join us and invite other interested community members!


June 24
7:00 pm


Daily Events:

• The Haidakhandi Universal Ashram is gradually opening. You can email us at or call 719-256-4108. Thank you.

• Morning meditation practice is postponed until further notice at Vajra Vidya Retreat Center. You may call 719-256-5539 for updates once the gathering together ban is lifted.

Weekly Events:


• Energy Fair Volunteer meeting noon-5pm, potluck & networking 5-8pm, Town Hall Park,

• AA, 7pm. Currently only video conference meetings.  Call Cheryl 303-667-9459 or John 719-429-8450 for info.


• Al-Anon, 1pm. Currently only video conference meetings.  Call 970-218-6099 or 719-298-9133 for info.


• Continuing Ashtanga Yoga, Mysore Style Shakti Sharanam, 5-6:45pm by donation,, 256-5668

• NA, Currently only video conference meetings.  Call 970-309-0710 for info.


• Yoga Fundamentals & Refinements, Shakti Sharanam, 8:30-10am by donation,, 256-5668

• Food Distribution, Crestone Food Bank, next to Crestone Mercantile, 10am-noon

• Community gatherings, Baca Park 5-8pm, email for more information


• C/BG Indivisible Group meeting, Mystic Rose Café patio, 11:30am

• AA, noon. Currently only video conference meetings.  Call Cheryl 303-667-9459 or John 719-429-8450 for info

• Baca Library open, noon-6pm, 719-256-4100,

• Continuing Ashtanga Yoga, Mysore Style Shakti Sharanam, 5pm-6:45pm, by donation,, 256-5668

• Peace Patrol meeting, Cloud Station Café, 5pm, 719-315-4117


• NA, 9am. Currently only video conference meetings.  Call 970-309-0710 for info.

• Weekly teaching on Uddhava Gita with Sajohn Daverly. Savitri House dome, 83 Baca Grant Way, 719-937-7665, 10am-noon

• Downtown Saturday Market, Little Pearl Park, Crestone

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