Board Meeting | November 20-21, 2019

Event Details

This Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Meeting was held on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 and continued  through Thursday, November 21, 2019 at The DoubleTree Hotel in Denver.

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Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
 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 September 18 - 19, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes
 9:07 – 9:10 3. Approve and/or Remove Consent Agenda Items
 9:10 – 9:15

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

  1. January 27 & 28          Westminster
  2. March 18 & 19             TBD              
  3. May 20 & 21                Colorado Basin
  4. July 15 & 16                North Platte Basin  
  5. September 16 & 17     South Platte Basin
  6. November 18 & 19      Denver Metro
 9:15 – 10:15 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
 10:15 – 10:45 5. Potential Effects of Climate Change on Rainfall-Induced Floods
Watershed and Flood Protection Section
 10:45 – 11:00 6. Colorado Water Plan Updates
Water Supply Planning Section
 11:00 - 11:10 7. Statewide Water Education Action Plan (SWEAP)
 11:10 – 11:25  Morning Break
 11:25 – 12:55 8.  Water Plan Grants Overview
Water Plan Grants


Agenda Item Category Applicant Water Activity
8a. - g. Agriculture
a Agriculture Bookcliff, South Side and Mount Sopris Conservation Districts Integrated Watershed Management Planning in the Middle Colorado River
b Agriculture Colorado Cattlemen’s Association Agriculture Watershed and Stream Management Planning Outreach & Technical Assistance
c Agriculture Colorado Master Irrigator Colorado Master Irrigator Program – Republican River Basin
d Agriculture Colorado State University Food Asset Mapping to Understand Agricultural Economic Development Opportunities that Reduce Water Consumption
e Agriculture Crawford Water Conservancy District Lower Aspen Canal Piping Efficiency Project
f Agriculture Trout Unlimited, Inc. Irrigation Efficiency and its Effects in Northwest Colorado
g Agriculture Webber Ditch Company Webber Ditch Diversion and Piping Project
8h. - s. Engagement & Innovation


Engagement and Innovation 10.10.10, a Project of Colorado Nonprofit Development Center Tackling Wicked Problems in Water and Climate


Engagement and Innovation Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed Engaging Stakeholders & Communities in the Poudre Through Citizen Science, Collaboration, & Outreach


Engagement and Innovation Colorado Ag Water Alliance Outreach and Capacity Building for Ag Water Projects


Engagement and Innovation Colorado Mesa University CMU Water Education Needs and Capacity Assessment


Engagement and Innovation Colorado Open Lands Sandhill Crane Water Education and Engagement


Engagement and Innovation Dr. Terri Hogue, Colorado School of Mines Water Engineering Education for the Next Generation (WE2NG), Research Experience for Teachers Program


Engagement and Innovation For the Love of Colorado Coalition, a Program of the Keystone Policy Center For the Love of Colorado Public Education Initiative


Engagement and Innovation Lincoln Hills Cares Replicable Youth-Driven Innovation Engine to Help Make the South Platte River Swimmable and Fishable


Engagement and Innovation National Young Farmers Coalition Young Farmers and Ranchers Water Leadership Pilot Program


Engagement and Innovation Poudre Heritage Alliance (with CSU Water Resources Archive) Water Legacy: Documenting Knowledge for Future Generations


Engagement and Innovation Rio Grande Watershed Conservation & Education Initiative Water in the Real World: Youth Education in the Rio Grande Watershed


Engagement and Innovation Ltd Water Education Colorado Statewide Water Education Action Plan Launch, Phase I Implementation and Essential Groundwork Actions
8t. - v. Environment & Recreation


Environment & Recreation Adams County Parks, Open Space & Cultural Resources Clear Creek Whitewater Park


Environment & Recreation Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies Colorado Dust on Snow Project


Environment & Recreation White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts White River Algae Study
8w. - aa. Conservation & Land Use


Conservation & Land Use Colorado Springs Utilities, an Enterprise of the City of Colorado Springs, a Colorado Home Rule City and Municipal Corporation Direct Potable Reuse (DPR) Demonstration


Conservation & Land Use Cottonwood Metropolitan District New Irrigation System Construction


Conservation & Land Use One Water Solutions Institute – Colorado State University System and Process for Assessing Water Use of Land Use Decisions


Conservation & Land Use Uponor & Phyn & Greyter Water Systems Sustainable Water Solution (SWS)


Conservation & Land Use Western Resource Advocates Integrated Water & Land Use Planning in Colorado Communities: Direct Community Assistance
8bb. -ee. Water Storage & Supply


Water Storage & Supply Laramie Energy, LLC Hawxhurst Reservoir Rehabilitation


Water Storage & Supply Redlands Water and Power Company Pumpline Replacement


Water Storage & Supply Town of Erie Horizontal Well Pilot Project


Water Storage & Supply Water Horse Resources, LLC Flaming Gorge Green River Project – Pre-Permitting Phase
12:55 – 1:55  LUNCH
1:55 – 2:20 9. Financial Matters
Finance Section
  1. Financial Projections and Cash Management Report
  2. New Policy – Distribution of CWCB Funds
2:20 – 2:55 10. Water Project Loans
Finance Section
  1. Republican River Water Conservation District
  2. Springdale Ditch Company – Diversion Structure Replacement Project
  3. Groundwater Management Subdistrict of Central Colorado Water Conservancy District – Hokestra Reservoir Purchase and Improvements Project
2:55 – 3:15 11. Changes to Existing Water Project Loans – Finance
Finance Section
  1. Pueblo Conservancy District – Arkansas River and Wildhorse Creek Levees
  2. The Tunnel Water Company – West Half Laramie-Poudre Tunnel Rehabilitation
3:15 – 3:30 Afternoon BREAK
3:30 – 4:55

12. 2020 Projects Bill

  1. Non-Reimbursable Project Investments “En-Bloc” Approval
    1. Satellite Monitoring – Continuation
    2. Colorado Floodplain Map Modernization Program – Continuation
    3. Colorado Mesonet Project – Continuation
    4. Lidar Acquisition – Continuation
    5. Litigation Fund (Budget for AG’s) – Refresh
    6. Arkansas River DSS – Continuation
    7. CDSS Operations & Maintenance – Continuation
    8. Water Forecasting – Continuation
    9. Weather Modification Permitting Program – Continuation
  2. Non-Reimbursable Project Investments – Presentations
    1. Fish & Wildlife Resource Fund – Refresh
    2. Water Loss Control Initiative PH II – Continuation
    3. ATM Grant Program – Continuation
  3. Non-Reimbursable Project Investments – Water Plan Implementation Funding
  4. Southeast Colorado Water Conservancy District – Arkansas Valley Conduit Project – Funding Package


Thursday, November 21, 2019
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 – 10:10 14. Attorney General’s Report, Legal Briefing, Update from Hearing Officer on Contested Trout Creek Instream Flow Appropriation, and Executive Session
10:10 – 10:25 Morning BREAK
10:25 – 12:10 15. Executive Session
  1. Colorado River Compact Compliance Study
  2. Colorado River LTEMP Litigation
  3. Rio Grande – Texas v. New Mexico and Colorado Update
  4. Stockwatering Uses Claimed Under Section 37-92-102(3)(b), C.R.S.
  5. Case No. 16CW3193 (Water Division 1) - Application of United States of America
12:10 – 12:15 16. Report from Executive Session
12:15 – 1:15 LUNCH
1:15 – 1:30 17. Water Supply Reserve Fund Applications
Water Supply Planning Section
  Basin Applicant Water Activity


Yampa/White/Green Yampatika Outdoor Awareness Association Yampa White Green Rivers K-12 Curriculum


Colorado Roy and Shawna Fazzi Fazzi Washout Pipeline


Colorado Missouri Heights Mountain Meadow Ditch Company Irrigation Pipeline Final Phase B2
1:30 – 1:45 18. Water Efficiency Grant Fund – Application from Western Resource Advocates
Water Supply Planning Section
1:45 – 2:15 19. Weather Modification Update
Interstate, Federal, and Water Section
2:15 – 2:20 20. Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Applied Science Grant (seeking resolution)
Interstate, Federal, and Water Section
2:20 – 2:35 21. Alternative Transfer Method Program Development and Planning Project
Interstate, Federal, and Water Section
2:35 – 2:55 22. Alternative Agricultural Transfer Method Grant Program, Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District
Interstate, Federal, and Water Section
a. Super Ditch Operations and Administrative Program
b. Ag-Municipal Conservation Easement Demonstration
2:55-3:10 Afternoon Break
3:10 – 4:10 23. Stockwatering Uses Claimed Under Section 37-92-102(3)(b), C.R.S.
Stream and Lake Protection Section
4:10 – 4:20 24. Request for Authorization to Proceed to Trial, Case No. 16CW3193, (Water Division 1) - Application of United States of America
Stream and Lake Protection Section
4:20 – 4:35 25. Proposed Lease of Water for Use in the 15-Mile Reach of the Colorado River, Water Division 5
Stream and Lake Protection Section
4:35 – 4:45 26. Notice of Recommended 2020 Instream Flow Appropriations in Water Divisions 1, 2, 4, and 6
Stream and Lake Protection Section
4:45 – 4:55 27. Proposed Revision to Appropriation Dates of Disappointment Creek Instream Flow Appropriations, Water Division 7
Stream and Lake Protection Section
CWCB Consent Agenda November 20 & 21, 2019
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. 19CW3154 (Water Division 1): Application of Mountain Mutual Reservoir Company
  2. Case No. 19CW3045 (Water Division 4): Application of Rehoboth Land Partners, LLC
  3. Case No. 19CW3112 (Water Division 5): Application of Highland Investment Co., LLC
  4. Case No. 19CW3017 (Water Division 6): Application of Yellow Jacket Water Conservancy District
  1. Floodplain Designations
    Watershed and Flood Protection Section
    1. “Flood Insurance Study, Adams County, Colorado and Incorporated Communities", by FEMA, dated September 2018.
    2. "Flood Insurance Study, Arapahoe County, Colorado and Incorporated Communities", by FEMA, dated September 2018.
    3. "Flood Insurance Study, Summit County, Colorado and Incorporated Communities", by FEMA, dated November 2018.
    4. "Flood Insurance Study, Morgan County, Colorado and Incorporated Communities", by FEMA, dated April 2018.
    5. "Flood Insurance Study, El Paso County, Colorado and Incorporated Communities", by FEMA, dated December 2018.
    6. "Flood Insurance Study, City and County of Denver, Colorado", by FEMA, dated September 2018.
    7. "Flood Insurance Study, Chaffee County, Colorado and Incorporated Communities", December 2017.

3. Changes to Water Plan Grants

4. Changes to Loan
a. Huerfano County Water Conservancy District - Regional Augmentation Project


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