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Alternative Transfer Method Pilot: Upper Colorado Conservation Project
On the Western Slope, there is growing interest in the use of alternative transfer methods (ATMs) and other voluntary, temporary, and compensated approaches for enhancing environmental and recreational flows and providing temporary municipal supplies in times of shortage.
Wildfire Impact Emergency Loan to Support Watersheds Following Grizzly Creek Fire
The Colorado Water Conservation Board authorized the first 2020 Wildfire Impact Emergency loan to the City of Glenwood Springs in response to the Grizzly Creek Fire.
Seven Colorado River Basin States Initiate Collaboration on Operational Guidelines
Colorado joined Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming to begin preliminary discussions regarding the upcoming negotiations of the Colorado River Basin operational guidelines
Governor Polis Activates Next Phase of Colorado Drought Plan, Prepares for Continued Severe Conditions into 2021
As severe drought conditions have persisted across 100% of Colorado for over 15 weeks, Governor Jared Polis directed a shift from Phase 2 to Phase 3 (full activation) of the State Drought Mitigation and Response Plan.
Instream Flow Rules Revisions to Implement House Bill 20-1157
The Colorado Water Conservation Board has filed a Notice of Public Rulemaking Hearing and proposed revisions to the Instream Flow Rules with the Colorado Secretary of State, which will be published in the Colorado Register on October 25. The hearing will be held on January 26, 2021. The revisions to the ISF Rules will: (1) address the rulemaking requirements of HB20-1157; (2) update a reference to the CWCB's website; and (3) update references to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.