Board Meeting | January 27-28, 2020

Event Details

This Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Meeting was held on Monday, January 27, 2020 and continued through Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at the Westin Hotel in Westminster. 

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Meeting Agenda
Monday, January 27, 2020
 9:00 – 9:02 CWCB Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance
 9:02 – 9:05
1. Review and Approve Agenda
 9:05 – 9:07  2. Review and Approve November 20 -21, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes
 9:07 – 9:10  3. Approve and/or Remove Consent Agenda Items

 Board Meeting Dates in 2020
 Discussion on changing the dates for the March 2020 Meeting

  1. March 11 & 12 - Denver Metro 
  2. May 20 & 21 -  Southwest Basin 
  3. July 15 & 16 - Colorado Basin 
  4. September 16 & 17 - South Platte Basin 
  5. November 18 & 19 - Denver Metro
 9:10 – 10:10  4. Directors’ Reports
  1. DNR Executive Director
  2. IBCC Director
  3. Agriculture Commissioner
  4. CWCB Director
  5. State Engineer
  6. Division of Parks and Wildlife Director
  7. Water Resource and Power Development Authority
 10:10 – 10:30  5. Species Conservation Trust Fund
  Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
 10:30 – 10:45 Morning Break
 10:45 – 11:15  6.   Alternative Agricultural Transfer Method Grant Program
      Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
  1. WaterNow Alliance, Alternative Transfer Methods Outreach
    Initiative for Local Municipal Decision Makers in Colorado
 11:15 – 11:25  7.   Basin Fund Memoramdum of Agreement Technical Assistance Grant Program
    Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
 11:25 – 11:35  8.   Proposed Lease of Water for Instream Flow Use in the 15-Mile Reach of the Colorado River, Water Division 5 (Garfield County)
    Stream and Lake Protection Section
 11:35 – 11:50  9.   Proposed Lease of Water for Instream Flow Use in the 15-Mile Reach of the Colorado River, Water Division 5 (Ute Water Conservancy District)
   Stream and Lake Protection Section
 11:50 – 12:50  Lunch
 12:50 – 1:30

 10.  2020 Instream Flow Appropriations in Water Divisions 2, 4, and 6
        Attachment - Executive Summaries and Appendices
   Stream and Lake Protection Section

 1:30 – 1:40  11.   Colorado Water Trust Request for Water Update
   Stream and Lake Protection Section
 1:40 – 1:55  12.   Water Plan Grant Program Funding
   Lauren Ris
 1:55 – 2:55  13.   Colorado River Updates
   Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
 2:55 – 3:00  14.   Attorney General’s Report, Legal Briefing, and Executive Session    
 3:00 – 3:15  Afternoon BREAK
 3:15 – 4:45  15.   Executive Session
  1.  Colorado River Items
    1. Glen Canyon Dam Operations
    2. NEPA Scoping Comments
    3. Compact Compliance
 4:45 – 4:50  16.   Report from Executive Session
 4:50  RECESS





































Tuesday, January 28, 2020
8:30 – 10:00 13. Basin Directors’ Reports
  1. Colorado River (Mainstem) Basin Director’s Report
  2. San Juan/San Miguel-Dolores River Basin Director’s Report
  3. Gunnison River Basin Director’s Report
  4. North Platte River Basin Director’s Report
  5. South Platte River Basin Director’s Report
  6. Arkansas River Basin Director’s Report
  7. City and County of Denver Director’s Report
  8. Rio Grande River Basin Director’s Report
  9. Yampa-White River Basin Director’s Report
10:00 – 10:40 18.   Financial Matter – Construction Fund and Severance Tax  Perpetual Base Fund
   Finance Section
  1. Financial Projections and Cash Management Report
  2. Loan Program Processing Update
  3. 2020 Projects Bill
10:40 – 10:55 Morning BREAK
10:55 – 11:05

19.  Changes to Existing Loans
  Finance Section

  1. Left Hand Ditch Company – Allen’s Lake Ditch Improvements
11:05 – 11:30 20.  Water Project Loans
   Finance Section
  1. Highlands Meadows Home Owners Association – Noecker Reservoir Repair
  2. Town of South Fork – Augmentation Water Purchase
11:30 – 12:10 21.   Colorado Springs Utilities Fallowing-Leasing Pilot Project
        Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
12:10 – 1:10 Lunch
1:10 – 1:25 22.   Status Update on Water Plan and Basin Implementation Plans
       Water Supply Planning Section
1:25 – 1:45

23. WSRF Grant Program
     Water Supply Planning Section

  1. WSRF Grant Program Reconciliation
  2. Water Supply Reserve Fund Application Grant
Basin Applicant Water Activity
Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District Diversion Infrastructure Improvement Project
1:45 – 2:15  24.  Sukle Presentation – Tim Wohlgenant
  Water Supply Planning Section
2:15 – 2:25  25.  Potential Effects of Climate Change on Rainfall-Induced Floods – Next Steps
   Watershed and Flood Protection Section
2:25 – 3:05  26.  Colorado Watershed Restoration Program – Grant Funding Recommendations
        Watershed and Flood Protection Section
  Applicant Basin Water Activity


Huerfano County Water Conservancy District Arkansas Spring Creek Fire Flood Mitigation


Colorado Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project Rio Grande Rio Grande Riparian Stabilization Project Phase 5


Headwaters Alliance Rio Grande Comprehensive Willow Creek Watershed Plan
d Costilla County Conservancy District Rio Grande Upper Culebra Watershed Assessment
e Poudre Learning Center Foundation South Platte Poudre Learning Center, Hall-133 Riparian Restoration 60% Design Plan
f Fourmile Watershed Coalition South Platte Upper Ingram Gulch Restoration Project
g Left Hand Watershed Center South Platte Science, Stewardship, and Education in Saint Vrain Watershed
h Left Hand Watershed Center South Platte Adaptive Management at Scale
i Mile High Flood District South Platte Westerly Creek Restoration and Water Quality Project
j RiversEdge West Southwest/Colorado Western Colorado Sustainable Stewardship
k Trout Unlimited Yampa Lower Elkhead Creek Restoration Project Phase I
2:50 –3:05  27.   In Memory of Joe Busto
             Watershed and Flood Protection Section
CWCB Consent Agenda January 27-28, 2020
Matters may be placed on the Consent Agenda when the recommended action follows established policy or precedent, there has been a negotiated settlement, or the matter is uncontested and non-controversial. Staff provides memos to CWCB members explaining the matters on the Consent Agenda. Matters on the Consent Agenda are noticed for hearing in the same manner as other agenda items. If a member of the CWCB requests further consideration of an item on the Consent Agenda, the item will be withdrawn from the Consent Agenda and discussed at the end of the meeting or at the next meeting. The Consent Agenda may be voted on without reading or discussing individual items. Any CWCB member may request clarification about any matter on the Consent Agenda.
  1. Statements of Opposition
    Stream & Lake Protection Section
The Board will be asked to ratify Statements of Opposition that have been filed by staff to protect instream flow and natural lake level water rights and to protect CWCB’s exclusive authority to hold instream flow water rights in the following water court cases:
  1. Case No. 19CW3061 (Water Division 2): Application of Thomas H. Smith

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