(VIRTUAL) Board Meeting | March 10-11, 2021

Wednesday, March 10 - 9:00 am - Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 5:00 pm

A meeting of the CWCB will be held on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 commencing at 9:00 AM and continuing through Thursday, March 11, 2021. The meeting will be held 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 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 sending an email to viola.bralish@state.co.us 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, March 10, 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 January 25-26, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes
 9:07 – 9:10   3. Approve and/or Remove Consent Agenda Items
9:10

Board Meeting Dates in 2021

  1. May 19 & 20 – TBD
  2. July 21 & 22 – TBD
  3. September 15 & 16 – TBD ( finance committee meeting on September 14 )
  4. November 17 & 18 - TBD
 9:10 -10:00  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
 10:00 -10:10      5. Public Comment on 2021 Instream Flow Appropriations in Water Divisions 1, 4, and 7
        Stream and Lake Protection Section
 10:10-10:35  6. 2021 Instream Flow Appropriations in Water Divisions 
2 and 4
    -  Executive Summaries & Appendices
        Stream and Lake Protection Section
 10:35-10:50 Morning Break
10:50-11:05

 7. Notice of Instream Flow Recommendations for 2022
        Stream and Lake Protection Section

 11:05-11:25 8. Loan and Grant Review Process
        Operations Section 
 11:25-11:55 9.  Chatfield Shares Purchase 
         Lauren Ris, Deputy Director
 11:55 – 12:25 10.  Demand Management Feasibility Investigation Update
        Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
 12:25-1:10  LUNCH
 1:10-1:25 11. Colorado River Updates 
        Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
 1:25-2:10

12. Grant Recommendations

Draft Common Criteria and Guidelines
       Lauren Ris, Deputy Director

 2:10-2:25 13.  Loan Delinquency Action
        Finance Section
         Two Rivers Water & Farming Company, and Two Rivers Farms F-2, Inc.
 2:25-2:30    Attorney General’s Report, Legal Briefing, and Executive Session
 2:30-2:45 Afternoon BREAK
 3:20-3:25 15. Executive Session
  1. Two Rivers Water & Farming Company, and Two Rivers Farms F-2, Inc.
  2. Chatfield Shares Purchase
 3:30-3:35 16.  Report from Executive Session
3:35 RECESS
Thursday March 11 , 2021
 8:30 – 10:00 17. 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
 10:00 – 10:15 Morning BREAK
 10:15-10:25

18. Financial Matters – Construction Fund and Severance Tax Perpetual Base Fund
        Finance Section

    Financial Projections and Cash Management Report

 10:25-11:55 19. Water Project Loans 
        Finance Section
  1. Rio Grande Water Conservation District Subdistrict No. 5 -Saguache Pipeline
  2. City of Victor – Victor Reservoir No. 2 Dam Rehabilitation
  3. Logan Irrigation District – Prewitt Reservoir Rehabilitation 
  4. North Sterling Irrigation District – North Sterling River Diversion Replacement 
  5. Grand Valley Water Users Association – Vinelands Power Plant
  6. Orchard Mesa Irrigation District – Vinelands Power Plant
  7. The Tunnel Water Company – Rawah Ditch Tunnel Rehabilitation
  8. The Tunnel Water Company – Headgate Improvements  (Wildfire Impact Loan)

Action Item

 11:55-12:40 LUNCH
 12:40-1:25 20. Spring Drought and Flood Climate Report
        Water Supply Planning Section & Watershed and Flood Protection Section
 1:25-1:45 21. Wildfire Watershed Recovery Update
       Watershed and Flood Protection Section
 1:45-2:05 22. Program Guidance for Special Release of Colorado Watershed Restoration Program
       Watershed and Flood Protection Section
 2:05 ADJOURN

CWCB Consent Agenda March 10-11, 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. 20CW3165 (Water Division 1): Application of Board of County Commissioners of the County of Clear Creek and Clear Creek School District RE-1
  2. Case No. 20CW3208 (Water Division 1): Application of HF2M, Inc.
  3. Case No. 20CW3216 (Water Division 1): Application of City and County of Broomfield
  4. Case No. 20CW3087 (Water Division 2): Application of Chris and Dale Van Aelstyn
  5. Case No. 20CW3099 (Water Division 4): Application of Quartz Creek Land Company
  6. Case No. 20CW3100 (Water Division 4 : Application of Hartman Family Trust
  7. Case No. 20CW3102 (Water Division 4 : Application of Beaver Pines LLC
  8. Case No. 20CW3137 (Water Division 5): Application of Crystal River Ranch Co LLC
  9. Case No. 20CW3138 (Water Division 5): Application of Winter Park Water and Sanitation District
  10. Case No. 20CW3139 (Water Division 5): Application of Upper Midnight LLC
  11. Case No. 20CW3166 (Water Division 5): Application of Laramie Energy, LLC
  12. Case No. 20CW3173 (Water Division 5): Application of Kevin Mize
  13. Case No. 20CW3174 (Water Division 5): Application of James Peak Ranch LLC
  14. Case No. 20CW3176 (Water Division 5): Application of Big Fish Amalgamated, LLC
  15. Case No. 20CW3185 (Water Division 5): Application of Cornerstone Winter Park Holdings, LLC; Byers Peak Properties, LLC; Byers Peak Downhill Properties, LLC; C. Clark Lipscomb; and Meredith C. Lipscomb; Colorado Adventure Park LLC
  16. Case No. 20CW3187 (Water Division 5): Application of Compass For Lifelong Discovery and The Aspen School District

2. Water Supply Reserve Fund Application Grants

  Basin(s) Applicant Name of Water Activity
a. Arkansas, Colorado,  Gunnison, Metro, South Platte Northern Water     Colorado Airborne Snow Observatory Expansion Plan
b. Colorado    Colorado Ag Water Alliance Outreach & Capacity Building for Ag Water Projects
c. Colorado Charles F Perry The Toponas Project: Phase I Continued HDPE Install
d. Colorado City of Glenwood Springs Three Mile Creek Confluence Restoration Project
e. Metro, South Platte   City of Thornton Regional Land Use Assessment & Water Optimization Study
f.  Metro, South Platte  Independence Water & San Regulation 84 Edible Crop Irrigation Public Education & Outreach
g. Metro, South Platte Colorado Watershed Assembly Roundtable Education/Outreach
h. Metro, South Platte The Greenway Foundation Nautilus 2
i. Metro, South Platte Western Resource Advocates Non-Essential Turf Replacement
j. Metro, South Platte Open Water Foundation River Basin Information Websites
k. Metro The Greenway Foundation      Clean River Design Challenge
l. Metro West Denver Trout Unlimited Clear Creek Integrated Water Management Plan Phase I
m. South Platte Town of Erie Horizontal Well Pilot Project
n. Southwest Mountain Studies Institute 416 Fire Aquatic Monitoring Phase 3
o. Southwest Mountain Studies Institute Forests 2 Faucets
p. Southwest Mountain Studies Institute/Upper San Juan Watershed Enhancement Partnership San Juan Integrated Water Management Planning, Phase 3
q. Yampa White River & Douglas Creek Conservation Districts  White River Integrated Water Initiative
Change of Grantee
r. Rio Grande Conejos Water Conservancy District Conejos Ground Water Monitoring and Analysis

3. Water Plan Grants

Agenda Item

Applicant

Name of Water Activity

Staff                    Recommendation

Agriculture

a

Carson Pearson

Vouga Reservoir Dam Rehabilitation

No Funding Recommended

b

Colorado Open Lands

Acequia Conservation Initative; Protecting Colorado's Oldest Agricultural Communities - Phase II

Approve $45,000

c

Colorado State University

Improving Irrigation Efficiency Through the Development of the Hydraulic Infrastructure at Irrigation Innovation Consortium Headquarters

Approve $157,384

d

Dave Miller Mutual Ditch Company

Dave Miller Ditch Piping Project

No Funding Recommended

e

Florida Consolidated Ditch Company

Florida Canal Diversion Structure Rehabilitation Project - Phase II

Approve $125,000

f

Grand Valley Water Users Association

Vinelands Power Plant

Approve $200,000 ($100,000 Ag and $100,000 Env/Rec)

g

Jack's Solar Garden LLC

Agrivoltaics Research

Approve $99,675

h

Keep It Colorado

Colorado's Private Lands Conservation Plan

Approve $75,000

i

Onward! A Legacy Foundation dba Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project

Sustainable Infrastructure to Support Restoration of Southwest Colorado's Orchard Culture and Economy

Approve $150,000

j

River Network

Piloting Multi-Benefit Project Coordinators

Approve $133,170

k

Root & Ratliff Ditch Company

Root & Ratliff Pipeline Project

No Funding Recommended

l

The Nature Conservancy

Maybell Headgate Replacement

Approve $168,114

m

Trout Unlimited

Copeland Elk Creek Ditch Efficiency Improvement

No Funding Recommended

n

Trout Unlimited

Lawrence Ditch Diversion Improvement Project

No Funding Recommended

o

Upper Arkansas Conservation District

Upper Arkansas Watershed Resiliency Plan - Phase I

Approve $27,500

Conservation and Land Use

p

City of Thornton

Thornton Northern Properties Stewardship Plan (NPSP): Land Use & Water Optimization Study

Approve $100,000

q

City of Westminster

Reclaimed Water Feasibility Evaluation & Implementation Plan

No Funding Recommended

r

Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)

Regional Land Cover Project

Approve $101,103

s

ULI Colorado

Advancing Water Smart Development

Approve $20,000

t

WaterNow Alliance, a program of Multiplier

Advancing High Impact Water Efficiency Solutions in Colorado Communities

Approve $138,355

u

Western Resource Advocates

Enabling Large-Scale Replacement of Non-Essential Turf

Approve $259,887

Engagement and Innovation

v

Colorado Cattlemen's Association

Agriculture Water User 2021 Priorities: Outreach, Technical Assistance, Infrastructure Inventory

No Funding Recommended

w

Independence Water & Sanitation

Regulation 84 Edible Crop Irrigation Public Education & Outreach

Approve $32,600

x

Montezuma School to Farm Project

Montezuma CWP Education Initiative

Approve $95,000

y

Open Water Foundation

River Basin Information Websites

No Funding Recommended

z

The Water Connection (Greenway Foundation)

Clean River Design Challenge

Approve $45,655

aa

Trout Unlimited

Supporting Outreach & Engagement for the "Evaluating Conserved Consumptive Use in the Upper Colorado River" Project

Approve $50,000

bb

Water Education Colorado

Statewide Water Education Action Plan Phase II & Water '22

No Funding Recommended

Environment and Recreation

cc

Adams County Parks

Clear Creek Whitewater Park

Approve $100,000

dd

American Whitewater

Economic Impact of River Recreation

Approve $83,458

ee

Boulder County

Watershed Health Toolkit & Planning Guide

No Funding Recommended

ff

Costilla County Conservancy District

Upper Culebra Watershed Assessment

Approve $107,224

gg

Colorado Rio Grande Restoration Foundation

Conejos River Partnership Project - Phase II

Approve $272,000

hh

Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group

Expanding & Implementing the St. Vrain Forest Health Partnership Plan

Approve $122,916

ii

Middle Colorado Watershed Council

Middle Colorado Integrated Water Management Plan - Implementation Phase I

Approve $27,400

jj

Town of Naturita

Naturita Town Park Revitalization Project

Approve $40,000

Storage and Supply

kk

Genesee Water & Sanitation District

Enlargement of Genesee Reservoir No. 1

Approve $1,384,000

ll

Town of Silverton

Kendall Mountain Alluvial Aquifer Test Drilling Program

Approve $27,702

4. Alternative Water Transfer Method Grants
        Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section

  1. Trout Unlimited, Evaluating Conserved Consumptive Use in the Upper Colorado River – Phase II
  2. Lower Arkansas Water Conservancy District, Evaluation of Agricultural Land Protection Measures

5. Technical Assistance for Federal Cost-Share Grant
       Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section

  1. Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Natural Working Lands, and Water Co-Benefits Tech Assistance

6. Change to Existing Loan
     Finance Section

  1. Lateral Ditch ML47, Inc. – Increase Lateral Ditch Pipeline Project

Related Links

Printable Agenda

 

Receive event notices

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.

Receive email notices

 

Listen to this meeting live

The CWCB’s meetings are made available through live audio streaming on YouTube, although Board workshops are not. The link will be posted just prior to the start of the meeting.
 

 

 

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 5 days prior to the meeting date. 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).