(HYBRID) Board Meeting | September 15-16, 2021

Event Details

A meeting of the CWCB will be held on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 commencing at 9:00 AM and continuing through Thursday, September 16, 2021. The meeting will be held virtually on Zoom and in person at The Centennial Building 1313 Sherman St., Room 318 Denver, CO. 80203.

A Finance Committee Meeting will be held in person at The Centennial Building 1313 Sherman St., room 318 Denver, CO. 80203 and virtually on Zoom Tuesday, September 14, 2021, from 1:00 – 5:00p.m.

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 posted at 1313 Sherman Street, Suite 721, Denver, CO  80203, and on our website at https://cwcb.colorado.gov/.

The CWCB’s meetings are made available through live audio streaming on YouTube, although Board workshops are not. To listen to the proceedings, click the link for the meeting on the CWCB's online calendar and select the link under "Listen to this meeting live" for the proper day and time.  The link will be posted just prior to the start of the meeting.    

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. 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, September 15, 2021
 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 21-22, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes
 9:07 – 9:10   3. Approve and/or Remove Consent Agenda Items
9:10

Board Meeting Dates in 2021

  1. November 17 & 18 - TBD

Board Meeting Dates in 2022

  1. January 19 - 20 or 24 -25 - TBD
  2. March 16 – 17 or March 9-10 - TBD
  3. May 18 – 19 - TBD
  4. July 20 – 21 - TBD
  5. September 21 – 22 - TBD
    (Finance Committee Meeting Sept. 20)
  6. November 16 – 17 - TBD
 9:10 -10:10  4. Directors’ Reports
  1. DNR Executive Director
  2. CWCB Director
  3. IBCC Director
  4. Agriculture Commissioner
  5. State Engineer
  6. Division of Parks and Wildlife Director
  7. Water Resource and Power Development Authority
 10:10–10:20      5. Financial Matters – Construction Fund and Severance Tax Perpetual Base Fund
        Finance Section
 10:20-10:30  6.  Water Project Loan
        Finance Section
 10:30-10:45 Morning Break
 10:45-10:55 7. Loan Delinquency Action
        Finance Section
 10:55-11:25 8. Chatfield Shares Sales 
        Finance Section
  1.  Castle Pines Metro
  2. Center of Colorado Water Conservancy District
 11:25-11:45 9.  Lessons Learned from Compact Administration Stories
        Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
 11:45-11:55 10.  Colorado Department of Agriculture Priorities and Demand Management
        Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
 11:55-12:55 LUNCH
 12:55-1:10 11. Final Action – 2021 Contested ISF Appropriation on Rincon La Vaca Creek (Water Division 7)
       Stream & Lake Protection Section
 1:10-1:20 12. Attorney General’s Report, Legal Briefing, and Executive Session
 1:20-2:45 13. Executive Session
  1. Case No. 18CW3048 (Water Division 2): Application of Young Life and the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District 
  2. Colorado River Interstate Matters
  3. Demand Management Feasibility Investigation
 2:45-2:50   14. Report from Executive Session
 2:50-3:05 Afternoon BREAK
 3:05-3:15 15. Request for Authorization to Proceed to Trial – Case No. 18CW3048 (Water Division 2):  Application of Young Life and the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District
        Stream & Lake Protection Section
 3:15-3:30 16. Proposed Lease of Water for Instream Flow Use in the 15-Mile Reach of the Colorado River, Water Division 5 (Garfield County)
        Stream & Lake Protection Section
 3:30-3:50 17. Colorado River Updates
        Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
 3:50-4:50 18. Demand Management Feasibility Investigation Update
         Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
 4:50 RECESS
Thursday, September 16, 2021
 8:30-10:15 19. Basin Directors’ Reports
  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
 10:15-10:30 Morning BREAK
 10:30-11:10 20. Colorado Water Plan Update
        Water Supply Planning Section
 11:10-11:25 21. Water Supply Reserve Fund Applications for Consideration at the July 2021 CWCB Board Meeting
  Basin(s) Applicant Name of Water Activity Basin's Account Request Statewide Account Request Total Requests
a. Metro/South Platte     East Cherry Creek Valley Water & Sanitation District Aquifer Recharge Study $25,000/$25,000 $75,000     $125,000
b. Yampa/White/
Green
The Nature Conservancy Maybell Diversion & Headgate Telemetry $34,000 $66,000 $100,000
 11:25-11:45 22. Wildfire Ready Watersheds, Statewide Susceptibility Analysis and Framework Update
        Watershed and Flood Protection Section
 11:45-12:05 23. Floodplain Rules and Regulations Rulemaking Update
        Watershed and Flood Protection Section
 12:05-12:15 24. South Platte River Temporary Use Permit, Xcel Energy
          Watershed and Flood Protection Section
 12:15-1:15     LUNCH
 1:15-2:15

25.    Water Plan Grants 

  Applicant Name of Water Activity
AGRICULTURE
a Colorado Department of Agriculture Advancing Soil Health through Technical Assistance and Producer Incentives in the Republican River Watershed
b Colorado State University Developing Irrigation Infrastructure at CSU-ARDEC to Support Innovative Research in Irrigation Efficiency, Water Use, & Re-Use
c Colorado Master Irrigator Colorado Master Irrigator - Statewide Expansion & Coordination
d Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Educational and Charitable Foundation Drought Advisors Capacity and Research Project
ENGAGEMENT & INNOVATION
e Colorado Cattlemen's Association CCA/CAWA 2-YR Agricultural Water Priorities - Infrastructure Assessment, Storage and Outreach
ENVIRONMENT & RECREATION
f CO Parks & Wildlife North Elk Creek Fish Barrier Construction Project
g CO Rio Grande Restoration Foundation 2021 Rio Grande Diversion Infrastructure, Recreation & Habitat Improvement Project
h Purgatoire Watershed Partnership Purgatoire River Baca-Picketwire Diversion Dam Multi-Use Restoration Project
i Roaring Fork Conservancy Crystal River at Riverfront Park Restoration & Efficiency Project
j Trout Unlimited Poudre Headwaters Restoration - Grand Ditch Barrier
k Windy Gap Water Activity Enterprise Colorado River Connectivity Channel (aka Windy Gap Bypass)
STORAGE & SUPPLY
l Central Colorado Water Conservancy District Robert W. Walker Recharge Project - Wiggins Farm Pond & Pipeline
m Colorado Open Lands Upper Rio Grande Partnership to Preserve Agriculture and Restore Aquifers (PARA)
n Donala Water & Sanitation District Donala & Triview Collaborative ASR Design
o Farmers Reservoir & Irrigation Company Barr Lake Maximum Normal Operating Water Level Raise
p Rio Grande Water Conservation District Colorado's Rio Grande Basin Water Cooperative Project
q Town of Dove Creek Reservoir No. 2 Dove Creek Water Treatment Facility

 

2:15 – 2:30 26. Severance Tax Operational Fund – Grant Funding
         Administration & Operations Section
2:15 Adjourn
 

CWCB Consent Agenda September 15-16, 2021

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

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. 21CW3014 (Water Division 3): Application of The United States of America (BLM)
  2. Case No. 21CW3082 (Water Division 5): Application of 153 LLC
  3. Case No. 21CW3085 (Water Division 5): Application of Elk Run Ranch Aspen Holdings, LLC and 4303 Snowmass Creek, LLC
  4. Case No. 21CW3086 (Water Division 5): Application of Elk Run Ranch Aspen Holdings, LLC and 4303 Snowmass Creek, LLC
  5. Case No. 21CW3090 (Water Division 5): Application of Vail Summit Resorts, Inc
  6. Case No. 21CW3016 (Water Division 6): Application of Yellow Dog Ranch, LLC
  7. Case No. 21CW3029 (Water Division 7): Application of The United States of America (BLM)

2. Water Supply Reserve Fund Application Grants

  Basin(s) Applicant/Grantee Name of Water Activity Basin(s) Account Request Statewide Account Request Total Request
a. Arkansas/Metro Pikes Peak Regional Water Authority Water Education: Addressing the Middle School Gap $7,500/$7,500 $38,000 $53,000
b. Colorado Trout Unlimited Field Support for the “Evaluating Conserved Consumptive Use in the Upper Colorado River     $19,800 $40,000 $59,800
c. Gunnison Grand Mesa Water Users Association Grand Mesa Water Users Efficiency Project $20,000 $45,000 $65,000

3. Water Supply Reserve Fund Change of Grantee

  1. Rio Grande – Colorado Rio Grande Restoration Foundation – Roundtable Media & Communications Outreach Project – Change of Grantee

4. Flood Plain Designations
       Watershed and Flood Protection Section

  1. Flood Plain Designation:  “Flood Hazard Area Delineation, Third Creek”, by Matrix Design Group, dated November 2018

5. Water Plan Grants

  Applicant Name of Water Activity Staff Recommendation
AGRICULTURE
a American Rivers Engaging West Slope Agriculture in Headwaters Restoration to Improve Water Security - Outreach & Assessment Strategies $68,800 
b American Whitewater Low Head Dam Modification Prioritization Framework $61,350 
c Brink, Inc. Modeling the Effects of Conservation Practices on Carbon Sequestration and Salinity Discharges from Irrigated Fields No Funding Recommended
d Carson Pearson Vouga Reservoir Dam Rehabilitation No Funding Recommended
e Colorado Cattlemen's Association Catalyst Funding for Irrigation Infrastructure Demonstration Projects $83,427 
f The Farmers Water Development Company Gurley Dam Embankment Slip Reconstruction No Funding Recommended
g Trout Unlimited Upper Gunnison Diversion Modernization $90,678
CONSERVATION & LAND USE
h Regents of the University of Colorado Urban Agriculture and Soil Health Management as a Water Conservation Strategy in Colorado No Funding Recommended
ENGAGEMENT & INNOVATION
i Boulder Watershed Collective Planning & Visual Story Telling $86,800
j H2O Media, Ltd. H2O Radio Website Upgrade No Funding Recommended
k The Ditch & Reservoir Company Alliance Ditch & Reservoir Outreach, Education & Advocacy Programming No Funding Recommended
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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Thursday, September 16, 2021

 

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).