(HYBRID) Board Meeting | November 16-17, 2022

Event Details

A meeting of the CWCB will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 commencing at 9:00 AM and continuing through Thursday, November 17, 2022. The meeting will be held at Denver Water, Three Stones Bldg. 1600 West 12th Ave. Denver and virtually on Zoom.  

The CWCB posts notice 30 days in advance of each regularly scheduled meeting. Notices for special meetings are posted on the website typically within five business days and not less than 24 hours of such a meeting. Notices of regular and special meetings may also be received by email. To receive notices by email please visit: https://dwr.state.co.us/Portal/Login/.

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 on our website at https://cwcb.colorado.gov/.

The CWCB’s meetings are made available through live audio/video streaming on YouTube, although Board workshops are not. To listen to the proceedings, find links to either day's meeting on the right sidebar.

The CWCB encourages citizens to express their views and provide feedback to the Board on the agenda items. This can be done by filling out this form, by sending a letter to a Board member or to the Chair of the Board, or by attending the meeting. by sending a letter to a Board member or to the Chair of the Board, or by attending the meeting. If you want to make a public comment during the meeting you must fill out a comment sheet prior to the meeting date and email it to the Board Coordinator. The Board will appreciate hearing your views when it reaches that agenda item. If you have any questions, need special accommodations as a result of a disability, or require further information on any CWCB activity, please contact Viola Bralish at 303-866-3441, ext. 3206. All programs, services, and activities of the CWCB are operated in compliance with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

CWCB Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance - 9:00-9:03

  1. Review and Approve Agenda - 9:03-9:05
  2. Review and Approve September 20 & 21, 2022 Board Meeting Minutes - 9:05-9:07
  3. Approve and/or Remove Consent Agenda Items

Board Meeting Dates in 2023

  1. January 23 & 24 – Denver/Metro with Water Congress
  2. March 15 & 16 – Yampa/White/Green Basin
  3. May 17 & 18 – Arkansas Basin
  4. July 19 & 20 – TBD
  5. September 20 & 21 – Rio Grande Basin
  6. November 15 & 16 – South Platte Basin
  1. Directors’ Reports - 9:12-10:30
    1. DNR Executive Director/IBCC Director
    2. CWCB Director
    3. Agriculture Commissioner
    4. State Engineer
    5. Division of Parks and Wildlife Director
    6. Water Resource and Power Development Authority

10:30-10:45 Morning Break

  1. Financial Matters – Construction Fund and Severance Tax Perpetual Base Fund -  10:45-11:00
      Finance Section
    1. Financial Projections and Cash Management Report
    2. Fiscal Year 2022 Financial Statements
      1. Construction Fund
      2. Severance Tax Perpetual Base Fund
  2. Water Project Loans - 11:00-11:10
      Finance Section
    1. Special Improvement District No. 3 of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District – Alpha Hay Farms Augmentation Project
    2. Groundwater Management Subdistrict of the Trinchera Water Conservancy District – Alpha Hay Farms Augmentation Project
  3. Hydrology Update Colorado River Basin - 11:10-11:30
        Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
  4. Colorado Airborne Snow Monitoring (CASM) Funding Request and Update - 11:30-11:45
        Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
  5. Information Update on the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program - 11:45-12:00
        Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
  6. Attorney General’s Report, Legal Briefing, and Executive Session - 12:00-12:05

12:05-1:00 LUNCH

  1. Executive Session - 1:00-2:00
    1. Assisting Basin Roundtables
    2. Colorado River Drought Resilience
    3. Save the Colorado v. U.S. Dep’t of the Interior, Case No. 3:19-CV-08285-MTL (D. Ariz.)
  2. Report from Executive Session - 2:00-2:05
  3. Colorado Water Plan Update - 2:05-5:00
           Water Supply Planning Section
    1. Water Plan Update Finalization Approach
    2. Water Plan Board Letter

    RECESS

Thursday, November 17, 2022

  1. Basin Directors’ Reports - 8:30 – 10:00
    1. City and County of Denver Director’s Report
    2. Rio Grande River Basin Director’s Report
    3. Yampa-White River Basin Director’s Report
    4. Colorado River (Mainstem) Basin Director’s Report
    5. San Juan/San Miguel-Dolores River Basin Director’s Report
    6. Gunnison River Basin Director’s Report
    7. North Platte River Basin Director’s Report
    8. South Platte River Basin Director’s Report
    9.  Arkansas River Basin Director’s Report

10:00 – 10:15 Morning BREAK

  1. 2023 Projects Bill - 10:15-11:35
      Finance Section
    1. Non-Reimbursable Project Investments “En-Bloc” Approval
      1. Floodplain Risk Management (Continue)
      2. Litigation Fund (Refresh)
      3. Weather Modification Permitting Program (Continue)
      4. Colorado Mesonet Enhancements(Continue)
      5. Satellite Monitoring/Maintenance Program (Continue)
      6. Fish & Wildlife Resource Fund (Continue)
      7. Colorado Watershed Restoration Program (Continue)
      8. Reservoir Enlargement Assessment Project (Continue)
      9. Colorado Water Plan Grant Supplemental Funding (Continue)
    2. Non-Reimbursable Project Investments – Presentations 
      1. Water Forecasting Partnership Project (Continue)
      2. 2023 Water Plan Action Advancement (New)
      3. DWR Mobile Field Data Collection App (New)
      4. Platte River Recovery Implementation Program (Continue)
      5. UCR & SJR Recovery Program (Continue)
      6. Central Colorado Water Conservancy District – Augmentation Efficiency Project (New)
      7. Southeast Colorado Water Conservancy District –  Arkansas Valley Conduit (Continue)
    3. Miscellaneous
      1. Water Plan Grant Implementation Cash Fund – Appropriation
      2. Colorado Parks & Wildlife – Appropriation to Purchase Orphan Shares in Chatfield Reservoir Reallocation

11:35-1:00    LUNCH
Tour of Denver Water

  1. Fish and Wildlife Resources Fund – Criteria Updates - 1:00-1:30
       Watershed and Flood Protection Section
  2. Proposed Improvements to Reynolds Landing Park - 1:30-1:50
       Watershed and Flood Protection Section
  3. Notice of 2023 Instream Flow Appropriations - 1:50-2:00
       Stream and Lake Protection Section
  4. Proposed Acquisitions for Instream Flow Use - 2:00-2:40
      Stream and Lake Protection Section
    1. Proposed Renewable Temporary Lease of Direct Flow Water Rights for Instream Flow Use on Tomichi Creek, Water Division 4 (Gunnison County) (1st Meeting)
    2. Proposed Water Use Agreement with Colorado River District to Lease Ruedi Reservoir Water for Winter Instream Flow Use in the Fryingpan River, Water Division 5 (Pitkin and Eagle Counties) (2nd Meeting)

2:40-2:55    Afternoon Break

  1. Colorado Water Trust Presentation on Instream Flow Acquisition Contract - 2:55-3:10
        Stream and Lake Protection Section
  2. Proposed Expenditures for Costs of Water Acquisitions for Instream Flow Use - 3:10-3:25
        Stream and Lake Protection Section
  3. Proposed Name Changes to Decreed Instream Flow Water Rights Consistent With Actions of Colorado Geographic Naming Advisory Board - 3:25-3:35
        Stream and Lake Protection Section
  4. Table Top Discussion – Forest Health and Wildfire Mitigation - 3:35-4:35

4:35-4:45    Public Comment
4:45    ADJOURN

 

CWCB Consent Agenda November 16 - 17, 2022


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 during the meeting or at the next meeting, with action taken after discussion of the item. If a member of the CWCB requests further consideration of an item on the Consent Agenda that pertains to a pending or imminent court action, the matter will be withdrawn from the Consent Agenda and may be discussed during executive session of the same meeting, and any action on that item will be taken in public session. 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
    Staff recommends the Board ratify CWCB’s filing of the following Statements of Opposition:
    1. Case No. 22CW3033 (Water Division 3): Application of United States of America, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management
    2. Case No. 22CW3077 (Water Division 5): Application of Spring Falls Ranch, LLC
    3. Case No. 22CW3082 (Water Division 5): Application of NamuRanch, LLC
  2. Floodplain Designation
    Watershed and Flood Protection Section
    1. Flood Hazard Area Delineation, Clear Creek", by ICON Engineering, Inc., dated September 2022
  3. Updated Water Projects Loan Program Guidance
      Finance Section
  4. Loan De-authorization
     Finance Section
    1. Taylor & Gill Ditch Company
  5. Technical Assistance for Federal Cost-Share (TAFC) Grant
      Water Supply Planning Section
    1. Applicant – Boulder Valley Conservation District
      Name of Water Activity – Pre-Development: Leggett Ditch
      Total Request - $55,292
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November 16 Meeting 

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Share feedback with the board

The CWCB encourages citizens to express their views and provide feedback to the Board on the agenda items. This can be done by sending a Public Comment Request form to Viola.Bralish@state.co.us, or by sending a letter to a Board member or to the Chair of the Board. The Board will appreciate hearing your views when it reaches that agenda item.

 

Need anything else?

If you have any questions, need special accommodations as a result of a disability, or require further information on any CWCB activity, please contact Viola Bralish at 303-866-3441, ext. 3206. All programs, services, and activities of the CWCB are operated in compliance with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).