Board Meeting | September 18-19, 2019

Event Details

This Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Meeting was held on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 starting at 9:00 AM and continued through Thursday, September 19, 2019 at the Rio Grande Water Conservation District Office in Alamosa.

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Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, September 18, 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 July 17 - 18, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes
 9:07 – 9:10 3. Approve and/or Remove Consent Agenda Items

4. Board Meeting Dates in 2019

November 20 & 21       Denver Metro

Board Meeting Dates in 2020

  1. January 27 & 28
  2. March 18 & 19             
  3. May 20 & 21
  4. July 15 & 16
  5. September 16 & 17
  6. November 18 & 19
 9:10 – 10:10 5. 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 – 10:25 6. Yampa River Fund
  Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
 10:25 – 10:55 7. Colorado River Demand Management 2019 Work Plan Update
  Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
 10:55- - 11:10 Morning Break
 11:10 – 11:20 8. Technical Assistance for Federal Cost-Share Program
  Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section  
 11:20 – 12:05 9. WSRF Grant Applications
Water Supply Reserve Fund Application Grants at the September 2019 CWCB Board Meeting


Agenda Item Basin Applicant Water Activity
a Gunnison Crawford Water Conservancy District Lower Aspen Canal Piping Efficiency Project
b Gunnison Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership  Governor Basin Restoration Project
c Gunnison City of Montrose  Uncompahgre River Improvement Project
d South Platte Fourmile Watershed Group  Boulder Creek Watershed Water Quality Sampling
e South Platte Colorado Master Irrigator Colorado Master Irrigator Program – Northern High Plains
f Yampa/White/Green Deborah Martin  Martin Springs Irrigation and Storage Improvements
g Southwest   Mountain Studies Institute  Upper San Juan Watershed Enhancement Partnership


Southwest   Montezuma County  Noxious Weeds


Colorado  Trout Unlimited  Granby Diversion Structure Improvement


Arkansas Beaver Park Water Inc.  Phase 3 Upper Canal Lining Removal and Replacement


Arkansas DeWeese Dye Ditch and Reservoir Company/Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District DeWeese Reservoir Feasibility Study


Arkansas Otero Ditch Company Otero Ditch Infrastructure Updates
12:05 – 1:05  LUNCH
1:05 – 1:20 10.  Final Action on Contested ISF Appropriations: 
  Stream and Lake Protection Section
  1. Carnero Creek (Water Division 3)
  2. Disappointment Creek (Upper & Lower Segments)
    (Water Division 7)
1:20 – 1:35 11.  Abrams Creek Project Update
  Stream and Lake Protection Section 
  1. Trout Unlimited Video Link
1:35 – 1:45 12.  Rainwater Harvesting Pilot Projects:  Updates to Criteria & Guidelines for Regional Factors
  Division of Water Resources


1:45 – 2:30 13.  Colorado River 101
   Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
2:30 – 2:35

14.  Attorney General’s Report, Legal Briefing, and Executive Session

2:35 - 2:50 Afternoon BREAK
2:50 - 3:50 15. Executive Session
  1. Colorado River Issues
    1. Competing Legal Considerations
  2. Rio Grande Litigation
  3. Open Meetings Law
  4. Stockwatering Uses Claimed Under Section 37-92-102(3)(b), C.R.S.
3:50 - 3:55 16. Report from Executive Session
3:55 - 4:15 17. Doppler Radar Presentation
   Ken Howard


Thursday, September 19, 2019
8:30 – 10:15 18. 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
10:15 – 10:30 Morning BREAK
10:30 - 10:45 19. Financial Matter – Construction Fund and Severance Tax Perpetual Base Fund
  Finance Section
Financial Projections and Cash Management Report
10:45 – 11:00 20. Water Project Loans
  Finance Section
Cedar Mesa Ditch Company – Lower Cedar Mesa Ditch Piping
11:00 – 11:30  21.   Rio Grande Reservoir Rehabilitation Project
  Finance Section
11:30 – 11:50  22.   Water Plan Technical Update
  Water Supply Planning Section
11:50 – 12:10 23. Updates on Watershed Health
    Water Supply Planning & Watershed and Flood Protection Section
12:10 – 12:25  24.  Alternative Agricultural Transfer Method Grant Program, Palmer Land Trust, Bessemer Project ATM Economic Impact Analysis
  Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
12:25 – 12:45 25.  Project Updates in the Rio Grande Basin
  Emma Reesor and Nathan Coombs
CWCB Consent Agenda September 18-19, 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. 19CW3036 (Water Division 2):  Application of Lower Arkansas Water Management Association
    2. Case No. 19CW3034 (Water Division 4):  Application of Dalwhinnie Group LLC
    3. Case No. 19CW3063 (Water Division 5):  Application of M&M Industries Inc.
    4. Case No. 19CW3070 (Water Division 5):  Application of Neal Shear and Jacqueline Shear
  2. Authorization to Proceed to Trial
      Stream & Lake Protection Section

     For the following resolved case, the Board will be asked to authorize staff to proceed to trial if necessary to ensure consistency with the settlement terms included in its stipulation with applicant:

    1. Case No. 16CW3103 (Water Division 2):  Application of Pueblo Board of Water Works.

  3.  Floodplain Designations
     Watershed and Flood Protection Section

    1. “Flood Insurance Study, City and County of Broomfield”, by FEMA, dated August 2019
    2. “Flood Insurance Study, Boulder County, Colorado and Incorporated Areas”, by FEMA, dated August 2019
    3. “Flood Insurance Study, Pitkin County, Colorado and Incorporated Areas”, by FEMA, dated August 2019
    4. “Flood Insurance Study, Pueblo County, Colorado and Incorporated Areas”, by FEMA, dated August 2019
    5. “Flood Insurance Study, Las Animas County, Colorado and Incorporated Areas”, by FEMA, dated August 2019
    6. “Colorado Hazard Mapping Program, Hydraulic Analysis – Volume 2, Technical Support Data Notebook for the Big Thompson Watershed”, by AECOM, dated March 2018.



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