Colorado Water Talk Podcast Archive

Launched November 2020, the Colorado Water Talk Podcast is a monthly audio update produced by Colorado Water Conservation Board staff Sara Leonard, Erik Skeie, and Ben Wade. Below is an archive of the latest episodes.

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This pilot podcast provides an introduction to CWCB, a discussion about the Future Avoided Cost Explorer tool, an update on Drought 2020, and more.

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On Episode 2, we celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Colorado Water Plan. Join Colorado Water Conservation Board's Becky Mitchell and Russ Sands to talk about where we've been and where we're going.

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On Episode 3, get the facts about the current Demand Management investigation, and join CWCB's Amy Ostdiek for a run down on the next steps.

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Links from episode:

Denver Post Guest Commentary by Director Mitchell 

CWCB Youtube

On Episode 4, an overview of how the state is handling watershed-related community-focused recovery efforts following the impactful 2020 wildfire season. Hear from watershed health expert Kevin Houck to learn about the state's role in recovery, as well as current and potential future funding opportunities.

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Links from the show:

https://www.coloradoewp.com/home

https://cwcb.colorado.gov/loans-grants/water-project-loan-program

engagecwcb.org

On Episode 5, Weather Modification (and cloud seeding) Guru Andrew Rickert on what it takes to make it snow more in Colorado.

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On Episode 6, CWCB's Agricultural Water Resources Specialist Alex Funk explains how Alternative Transfer Methods provide a solution to meet water supply needs for the future of Colorado agriculture.

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Links from the Show:

Alternative Transfer Methods on cwcb.colorado.gov 

Alternative Transfer Method 2020 Status Report

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On this episode, CWCB's National Flood Insurance Program Coordinator Doug Mahan share information and tips on flood preparedness in the aftermath of wildfire.

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Links from the Show:

https://www.floodsmart.gov/

https://www.ready.gov/

Colorado State Recovery Officer - Doug Mahan Interview

CWCB's YouTube Channel

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Part 1: Three Birds and a Fish - Listen Now

Part 2: Everyone Forgets There's a Fish - Listen Now

On this episode, CWCB Chief Operating Officer Anna Mauss shares details on the stimulus funding recently approved by Governor Polis for the Colorado Water Plan, post-wildfire watershed recovery, and more.

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CWCB Loans and Grants

Colorado Water Plan Grants

Water Supply Reserve Fund

Colorado Watershed Restoration Program

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On Episode 9 of Colorado Water Talk, join CWCB's Kevin Reidy, Cavanaugh's Drew Blackwell, and Water Systems Operation's Isabel Szendrey as they walk through what "water loss" is and introduce details for Phase 2 of the Colorado Water Loss Initiative - a free program for water utilities.

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Links:

coloradowaterloss.org

team@coloradowaterloss.org

On Episode 10 of Colorado Water Talk, we share the joys and the precautions of river recreation. Erik Skeie provides the scoop on the Recreational In-Channel Diversions program, Bill McCormick with the State Engineer's Office teaches us about low head dam safety, and Will Rice with Trout Unlimited talks about fishing the South Platte through Denver.

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Links from the show:

cwcb.colorado.gov/recreation

lowheaddamcolorado.com

denvertu.org

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Learn about Colorado's unique Instream Flow Program from CWCB's Kara Scheel and Colorado Water Trust's Andy Schultheiss.

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Links from the Show:

http://coloradowatertrust.org/

engagecwcb.org

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On Episode 12 of Colorado Water Talk, we get to learn from Colorado's State Climatologist, Russ Schumacher, about the climate phenomena known as La Nina.

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Links from the Show:

https://cwcb.colorado.gov/water-availability-flood-task-forces

Commissioner Mitchell Statement on Colorado River Matters

Instream Flow Workshop Registration

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On this episode, Water Education Colorado (WeCO) Executive Director Jayla Poppleton shares updates on the Water '22 campaign.

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Show notes and links:
Learn more at water22.org
Join the Water '22 conversation using #Water22

John Hunyadi from the State Engineer's Office and Matt Stearns from the Colorado Water Conservation Board discuss dam safety measures.

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Links from the Show:

https://dwr.colorado.gov/services/dam-safety

On episode 15 of Colorado Water Talk, CWCB Section Chief Amy Ostdiek provides an update on the situation in the Colorado River Basin. Amy and our podcast co-hosts discuss the status of the Demand Management Investigation,  why water releases are occuring, what the "new normal" is for drought, and some of Commissioner Becky Mitchell's priorities.

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Links from the show:

Colorado River Commissioner's Corner

https://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/index.html

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On this episode, CWCB's Russ Sands provides an update on the 2023 Colorado Water Plan update process halfway through the draft's public comment period, and what to expect for the final version.

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Links:

Colorado Water Plan webpage

Colorado Water Plan grant program

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On this special podcast episode, our hosts interview two Governor-appointed members of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Jackie Brown of the Yampa-White-Green Basin and Robert Sakata of the South Platte Basin.

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Links from the Show:

https://www.southplattebasin.com/

https://yampawhitegreen.com/

Commissioner's Corner

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