Board Meeting | March 11-12, 2020

Event Details

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 commencing at 9:00 a.m. and continuing through Thursday, March 12, 2020. This meeting will be held at the Sheraton Denver West Hotel, 360 Union Boulevard, Lakewood, CO. 80228.

Although dates and times are indicated in this notice and in the following agenda, the CWCB may address and take action on noticed items in any order. Any known changes to the agenda will be announced at the beginning of the meeting. This notice, any late notice(s) of additional items, and briefing memos prepared for the CWCB will be posted at 1313 Sherman Street, Suite 721, Denver, CO 80203, and on our website at

Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
 9:00 – 9:02  CWCB Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance
 9:02 – 9:05  1. Board Appointments and Election of Officers
  1. Review and Approve Agenda
 9:05 – 9:07  2. Review and Approve January 27-28, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes
 9:07 – 9:10  3. Approve and/or Remove Consent Agenda Items

 Board Meeting Dates in 2020

  1. May 20 & 21 –  Southwest Basin
  2. July 15 & 16 – Colorado Basin
  3. September 16 & 17 – South Platte Basin
  4. November 18 & 19 – Denver Metro
 9:10 -10:00  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
 10:00 – 10:10  5. Financial Matter – Construction Fund and Severance Tax Perpetual Base Fund
  Finance Section
  1. Financial Projections and Cash Management Report
10:10 – 10:20  6. Water Project Loans - Finance
  Finance Section
  1. Deuel and Snyder Improvement Company – Diversion Structure Replacement
 10:20 – 10:35  Morning Break
 10:35 – 11:15  7. Changes to Existing Loans
  Finance Section
  1. The Tunnel Water Company – West Half Laramie-Poudre Tunnel Rehabilitation
  2. Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District – Windy Gap Firming Project
 11:15 –11:35  8.  Severance Tax Operational Fund Grants FY20/21
   Finance Section
 11:35 – 11:55  9.  Marketing and Communications Update
  Operations Section 
 11:55 – 12:55  Lunch
 12:55 – 1:05  10.  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
 1:05 – 1:15  11.  Public Comment on 2020 Instream Flow Appropriations in Water Divisions 2, 4, and 6
   Stream and Lake Protection Section
 1:15 - 1:25  12.  Notice of Instream Flow Recommendations for 2021
    Stream and Lake Protection Section
 1:25 -1:45  13.  Demand Management Update
    Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
 1:45 – 2:05  14.  Paradox EIS Update
    Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
 2:05 – 2:35  15.  Alternative Transfer Method Grant Program
     Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
  1. Colorado Basin Roundtable and Trout Unlimited, Evaluating Conserved Consumptive Use in the Upper Colorado River
  2. Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District, Ag-Municipal 
 2:35 – 2:40  16.     Attorney General’s Report, Legal Briefing, and Executive Session
 2:40 – 2:55  Afternoon BREAK
 2:55 – 3:40  17.  Executive Session

        a.  Upper Basin Fund MOA Negotiations

        b.  Colorado Compact Compliance Study

        c.  Case No. 16CW3160 (Water Division 1) –

             Application of The City of Boulder and CWCB

 3:40 – 3:45  18.  Report from Executive Session
 3:45 – 4:00  19.  Colorado Compact Compliance Study – Next Steps
     Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
 4:00 – 5:00  20.  Snow Data, LiDAR Pilot Program
      Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
 5:00  RECESS





Thursday, March 12, 2019
 8:30 – 10:00  21. 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 – 10:15  Morning BREAK
 10:15 – 10:25

 22. Request for Authorization to Proceed to Trial, Case No. 16CW3160, (Water Division 1) – Application of The City of Boulder and CWCB
   Stream and Lake Protection Section

 10:25 – 12:10  23.  WSRF Grant Applications
   Water Supply Planning Section
  Basin Applicant Water Activity


 Arkansas  Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative  Arkansas Basin Fire, Flood, and BIP Initiative


 Arkansas  Huerfano County Water Conservancy District  Bruce Canyon 50% Design


 Arkansas  Huerfano County Water Conservancy District  Maria Stevens 50% Design
d  Arkansas  St. Charles Mesa Water District      St. Charles Mesa Cottonwood Irrigation Ditch #2 Headgate/Augmentation Station Project
e  Colorado  Grand Valley Audubon Society  Audubon Nature Preserve Wetlands Improvement Project
f  Colorado  Garfield County School District 16  Diamond Ditch Piping Project
g  Colorado   Colorado River Water Conservation District  Investigations of Augmentation Demands, Exchange Potential, Small Reservoir Storage and Recharge Pit Feasibility in the Crystal River Basin
h  Gunnison   Redlands Water & Power  RWPC Pumpline Replacement Project
i  Gunnison  Lake Fork Conservancy  Lake Fork River Enhancement Project
j  Gunnison  City of Ouray  Non-Potable Water Supply Project 
Phase I
k  Rio Grande  Terrace Irrigation Company  Alamosa River Water Delivery Improvement Project
l  Rio Grande  Colorado Open Lands  Jackson Ranch Conservation Easement
m  Rio Grande  Colorado Open Lands  Schaefer Farms Conservation Easement
n  Rio Grande  Rio Grande Watershed Conservation and Education Initiative  Rio Grande Basin Roundtable Community Education Staff Liaison 2020-2023
o  Rio Grande  New Ceniceri Ditch Company  Cenicero Diversion Dam, Headgate and Bank Stabilization
p  Southwest  Montezuma Land Conservancy  Innovative Agricultural Management
and Colorado’s Next Generation of
Water Leaders
q  Southwest  Mountain Studies Institute  416-Fire Aquatic Monitoring Year 2
r  Southwest  Mountain Studies Institute  Upper San Juan Integrated Water Management Planning Phase II
s  Southwest  Conservation Legacy or Southwest Conservation Corps  Dolores River Restoration Partnership Revegetation and Outreach
t  Southwest   Upper Road 42 Water Association  Upper Road 42 Water Extension Phase I
u  South Platte  Colorado Trout Unlimited  South Boulder Creek Stream Management Plan Phase II and Infrastructure Design Preliminary Engineering Design of Physical Infrastructure Modifications 
(WSR Phase I)
v   Metro        
 South Platte
  Colorado Division of Water Resources Data Logger/Telemetry Installation Project, South Platte River Basin (Division 1) 
w  Yampa/White/
 Trout Unlimited  Lower Elkhead Creek Restoration Project, Phase 1
x  North Platte  Colorado State University – Colorado Climate Center   Continuation of Weather Stations for North Park Lysimeters to Determine High Altitude, Hay Meadow Crop Coefficients
 Change of Fiscal Agenda (Grantee)
y  North Platte  Original Grantee: Colorado State University – Colorado Climate Center  Proposed Grantee: Colorado River Engineering
 12:10 – 1:10  LUNCH
 1:10 – 1:25  24.  Snow Course Work
     Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
 1:25 – 1:55  25.  Spring Drought and Flood Climate Report
    Water Supply Planning & Watershed and Flood Protection Section
1:55 – 2:25  26.  SPROWG Grant Effort Update – Matt Lindburg
     Water Supply Planning Section
 2:25  ADJOURN 
CWCB Consent Agenda March 11-12, 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. This item has been removed
  2. Case No. 19CW3086 (Water Division 2): Application of Henderson, et al.
  3. Case No. 19CW3089 (Water Division 2): Application of Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District
  4. Case No. 19CW3019 (Water Division 3): Application of The City of Alamosa
  5. Case No. 19CW3091 (Water Division 4): Application of Dalwhinnie Group LLC
  6. Case No. 19CW3092 (Water Division 4): Application of Dalwhinnie Group LLC
  7. Case No. 19CW3098 (Water Division 4): Application of Board of County Commissioners of Ouray County, Ouray County Water Users Association, Tri-County Water Conservancy District
  8. Case No. 19CW3102 (Water Division 4): Application of Rocking JL Ranch, LLC
  9. Case No. 19CW3103 (Water Division 4): Application of Rocking JL Ranch, LLC
  10. Case No. 19CW3129 (Water Division 5): Application of Grand County Water & Sanitation District No. 1
  11. Case No. 19CW3143 (Water Division 5): Application of The Basalt Water Conservancy District
  12. Case No. 19CW3159 (Water Division 5): Application of The City of Aurora
  13. Case No. 19CW3161 (Water Division 5): Application of Sun River Run Ranch RV, LLC and Town of Granby
  14. Case No. 19CW3174 (Water Division 5): Application of Williams Fork Valley Ranch, LLC
  15. Case No. 19CW3031 (Water Division 6): Application of Eastern Rio Blanco Metropolitan Recreation & Park District and Town of Meeker
  16. Case No. 19CW3035 (Water Division 6): Application of Harvey and Seaton Cattle Co., LLC
  17. Case No. 19CW3036 (Water Division 6): Application of Harvey and Seaton Cattle Co., LLC



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