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Audience Location

At the waters edge

Date and Time

June 20, 2015 at 4:00pm

Boulder reservoir

Water Locale

Begin at Coot Lake and onto the back of the Boulder Resevoir


Ixeeya Lin Beacher and Maren Waldman

History of Site and Related Water Issues

Boulder Reservoir is a 700-acre, multi-use recreation and water-storage facility, owned and managed by the City of Boulder and operated as a water supply by the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District. It is used for recreation, drinking water and irrigation.
The city initially bought land for construction of the reservoir from the Axelson family’s dairy farm and began construction on May 1, 1954. The reservoir construction was completed on February 11, 1955 and began filling with water from the Colorado-Big Thompson Project that April (via what is now the Boulder Feeder Canal). Two months after being filled, 75 tons of sand were delivered to create a beach along the reservoir’s southeast shore.
The reservoir currently supplies approximately 20 percent of Boulder’s drinking water. Between 80 and 90 percent of that water comes from the Boulder Feeder Canal with the remaining 10 to 20 percent coming from seasonal creeks and ditches. The reservoir is typically filled by June and drawn down to half of its 13,270 acre-feet capacity by September.
The reservoir and its surrounding environs provide habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife including bass, catfish, walleye, osprey, raptors, herons, owls, rabbits, snakes and prairie dogs.
The reservoir serves our community in so many ways. It is the perfect place for the people of Boulder to contemplate the importance of waters journey.
Each time the Reservoir is contaminated it is felt by the community directly – in the warmer months through limiting recreational use.
Whatever it takes to feel that ache of missing water and considering keeping waters clean is a doorway. An opportunity to connect and make changes to deepen our relationship with water and shift our treatment of water in our lives so we may pass on clean water for drinking and recreation to the next generations.


Live Drumming

The Performance

Join Ixeeya Lin, Maren Waldman, and a variety of dancers and musicians for outdoor dance, honoring and celebrating the natural world.
Some of the themes our dance score focuses on are the journey water makes through the natural world and the importance of clean air, and clean earth to have clean water.
We will meet at the left side of the trail at Coot lake then move around Coot Lake in song and good intentions for the water then land at the back of the Reservoir to initiate the dance that will invite audience participation or witnessing.
There will be a core group of about 10 dancers that will lead the movement piece and invite anyone moved to dance to join in.
Bring a picnic dinner and join in community conversation after the dance.
This is a FREE event open to the public of all ages.

Directions to the Site of Performance

Diagonal Hwy to 63rd – go west on 63rd – it is about a 1/2 mile up the road on the Left (south) side, across from
Tom Watson Park. Additional parking at Tom Watson Park: continue driving west on 63rd, make your first Right.
The very large parking lot has a little path to Coot lake.


How can I get involved?

Go to our Facebook invite and to find out details and ask any questions . All our contact info is there.
or contact us directly: Contact Ixeeya or Maren if interested. 303 442 1301 or

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