(VIRTUAL) Board Meeting | July 15-16, 2020

Wednesday, July 15 - 8:30 am - Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 10:00 am

A meeting of the CWCB will be held on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 commencing at 8:30 AM and continuing through Thursday, July 16, 2020. The meeting will be held virtually.


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 meeting will be made available through live audio streaming on GoTo Webinar, although Board workshops are not. To listen to the proceedings, click the “Listen to the meeting LIVE!” link on the CWCB website homepage and select the link 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 5 days 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).

Notice of Board Workshop in Executive Session - July 16, 2020

Notice is hereby given that an executive session board workshop of the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2020, commencing at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the Colorado River Compact Compliance Study. This meeting will be held virtually on Zoom.

Per statute- CRS 24-6-402(4) this workshop will be held under executive session.

All programs, services, and activities of the Department of Natural Resources and the CWCB are operated in compliance with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need special accommodations as a result of a disability, or have other questions about the above activities, please contact Viola Bralish at (303) 866-3441, Ext. 3206, or at viola.bralish@state.co.us.

Complete information about these activities can be found on CWCB’s Website: cwcb.colorado.gov


 

 

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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 “Listen to the meeting LIVE!” link on the CWCB website homepage and select the link for the proper day and time. The link will be posted just prior to the start of the meeting.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
 8:30 - 8:32 CWCB Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance
 8:32 – 8:35 1. Review and Approve Agenda  
 8:35 – 8:37 2. Review and Approve May 20, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes
8:37 – 8:40   3. Approve and/or Remove Consent Agenda Items
8:40

Board Meeting Dates in 2020

  1. September 16 & 17 – South Platte Basin
  2. November 18 & 19 – Denver Metro
 8:40 -9:20  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
9:20 – 9:30    5. 2020 Iowa Gulch ISF Appropriation, Water Division 2 – Final Action
      Stream and Lake Protection Section
9:30 - 10:00  6. Proposed Revisions to Rules Concerning the Colorado Instream Flow and Natural Lake Level Program, 2 CCR 408-2
      Stream and Lake Protection Section    
10:00 -10:15

7. Alternative Transfer Method Grant Program
      Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section

  1. Manassa Land and Irrigation Company, Manassa Land and Irrigation Consumptive Use Pilot
  2. Rio Grande Water Conservation District, Alamosa River ATM Project
  3. Colorado Water Trust, McKinley Ditch Deficit Irrigation Study
10:15 -10:30  Morning Break
10:30 -11:30  8. Demand Management Update
      Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section  
11:30 -11:50 9. South Platte River Special Use Permit Application
      Watershed and Flood Protection Section
11:50 -12:35  Lunch
12:35 – 1:05  10. Budget Update
       Administration & Operations Section
1:05 – 1:15  11. Financial Matters – Construction Fund and Severance Tax Perpetual Base Fund
       Finance Section
  Financial Projections and Cash Management Report
1:15 – 1:55  12. Water Project Loans
       Finance Section
  1. Rural Ditch Company - Diversion Structure Improvement
  2. Fort Morgan Farms, LLC – Delta Water Storage Phase 1
  3. Amity Mutual Irrigation Company - Queen Reservoir Dam Rehabilitation
1:55 – 2:05  13. Water Project Loans and Grants   This item has been removed from the agenda
        Finance Section
Arkansas Groundwater Users Association – Stonewall Springs South Reservoir Storage Purchase
 2:05 – 2:15  14. Changes to Existing Loans
       Finance Section
Grand Mesa Water Conservancy District - Peak Reservoir & Blanche Park Reservoir Rehabilitation
 2:15 – 2:30   15. Basin Implementation Plan and Water Plan Updates
       Water Supply Planning Section
2:30 – 2:55 16. WSRF Grant Applications
     Water Supply Planning Section  
 
Water Supply Reserve Fund Application Grants
at the May 2020 CWCB Board Meeting
Agenda Item Basin Applicant Name of Water Activity
a. Gunnison Boles Manny Ditch Boles and Manny Ditch Infrastructure
Improvement Project
b. Gunnison Cedar Mesa Ditch Company Cedar Mesa Ditch Piping Project
c. Gunnison Ralph Staheli Vouga Reservoir Repair
Project
d. Gunnison Trout Unlimited Upper Gunnison Multiple Diversion Improvements
e. Southwest Upper Road 42 Water Association Upper Road 42 Water
Line Extension Phase I – Feasibility Study
f. Yampa/White/Green Nicholas and Ann Charchalis Drescher Dam
Rehabilitation –
Engineering Design
g. Yampa/White/Green Community Agricultural Alliance Yampa-White-Green Education and Outreach
 2:55 – 3:00 17. Attorney General’s Report, Legal Briefing, and Executive Session  
 3:00 – 3:15 Break to Transition to Executive Session
 3:15 – 3:40 18. Executive Session
  1. Basin Fund MOA
  2. Demand Management 
3:40 – 3:45 19. Report from Executive Session
3:45 – 3:50 20. Water Plan Grants Overview for FY 19/20 and Recommendations for FY 20/21
3:50 – 4:50 21. Water Plan Grants  
 
Agenda Item Applicant Name of Water Activity
21 a-e. Agriculture
a Cedar Mesa Ditch Company Assistance with Piping Lower Cedar Mesa Ditch
b Grand River Ditch Company Davis Point Pipeline
c Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District Soil Health Demonstration Plots
d Trout Unlimited Applying Technology to Monitor Grass Consumptive Use at Scale
e Trout Unlimited Upper Gunnison Multiple Diversion Improvement Project
21 f – i. Water Conservation and Land Use
f Colorado Springs Utilities Irrigation Efficiency Improvement Project
g Peak Spatial Enterprises Colorado’s H2info Water Provider Tool – Phase 2
h Sonoran Institute Colorado Growing Water Smart
i Year One Inc., Mile High Youth Corps MHYC’s Single Family Energy & Water Audits and Installs
21 j - t. Engagement and Innovation
j 10.10.10, A Project of CO Nonprofit Development Center Tackling Wicked Problems in Water, Climate
k Big Thompson Watershed Coalition Building the Community – Information Connection for Watershed Health
l Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed Engaging Stakeholders & Communities in
the Poudre Through Citizen Science, Collaboration, & Outreach
m Colorado Open Lands Education for Understanding of Critical Resource Issues
n DNR – Low Head Dam Steering Committee Colorado Low Head Dam – Public Safety Initiative 2020
o Keystone Policy Center For the Love of Colorado Coalition – Public Education Initiative
p Lincoln Hills Cares Replicable Youth-Driven Innovation Engine to Help Make the South Platte River Swimmable & Fishable
q Montezuma Land Conservancy Montezuma Land Conservancy and
Southwest Colorado Research Center
r Mountain Studies Institute Animas River Community Forum
s National Young Farmers Coalition Young Farmers and Ranchers Water Leadership
t Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association Acequia Community Education and Outreach Program
21 u - kk. Environment and Recreation
u City of Alamosa Revitalize the Rio Phase 1
v City of Englewood – Acoma Tufts Storm Drainage Improvement Project
w Costilla County Conservancy District Upper Culebra Watershed Assessment
x Ducks Unlimited, Inc Rio Grande Irrigated Meadows
y Ducks Unlimited, Inc South Platte Wetland Restorations and Planning
z Estes Valley Watershed Coalition Upper Big Thompson Assessment, Revegetation and Bio stabilization
aa Fourmile Watershed Coalition Tolland Ranch Feasibility Study
bb High Country Conservation Advocates (HCCA) Wet Meadows and Riparian Restoration,
Water Attenuation and Climate Change Resiliency Project
cc Montezuma County Noxious Weed Department Phreatophyte Project
dd Mountain Studies Institute Animas River Removal & Replacement of Invasive Phreatophytes, Phase II
Continuation & Strategic Mapping
ee National Forest Institute Taylor Park Erosion Control & Riparian Restoration Project
ff Poudre Learning Center Phreatophyte Removal from Poudre Learning Center Riparian Habitat
gg River Network Support to Increase Environmental and Recreational Project Proposals
hh Trout Unlimited Canyon Creek Fish Passage Project
ii Trout Unlimited Conejos Meadows Resilient Habitat Project
jj Windy Gap Water Activity Enterprise Colorado River Connectivity Channel
kk Yampa Valley Stream Improvement Charitable Trust Yampa River Habitat & Recreation Improvement Project at Pleasant Valley
21 ll - ss. Water Storage and Supply
ll Arkansas Groundwater Users Association Stonewall Springs South Reservoir Storage Purchase
mm Blue River Valley Ranch Lakes Association Bobo Strait Reservoir Dredging
nn Castle Rock Water Castle Rock Reservoir No. 2
oo Cherry Creek Project Water Authority
 
Walker Reservoir
pp Cimarron Canal and Reservoir Company Fish Creek Reservoir #2 Repair
qq Colorado River Water Conservation District Crystal River Basin Augmentation Study
rr Colorado Water Protective and Development Association Highline Recharge Pond
Construction
ss Huerfano County Water Conservancy District 50% Design of Maria Stevens Reservoir Enlargement
4:50 RECESS

 

Thursday, July 16, 2020
8:30 – 10:00 22. Basin Directors’ Reports
  1. Gunnison River Basin Director’s Report
  2. North Platte River Basin Director’s Report
  3. South Platte River Basin Director’s Report
  4. Arkansas River Basin Director’s Report
  5. City and County of Denver Director’s Report
  6. Rio Grande River Basin Director’s Report
  7. Yampa-White River Basin Director’s Report
  8. Colorado River (Mainstem) Basin Director’s Report
  9. San Juan/San Miguel-Dolores River Basin Director’s Report
10:00 ADJOURN

 

CWCB Consent Agenda July 15 & 16, 2020


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. 19CW3068 (Water Division 5): Application of Piney Valley Ranches Trust*
  2. Case No. 20CW3013 (Water Division 4): Application of JAK Ventures, LLC

*Motion to Intervene & Statement of Opposition Filed.

 

 

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 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 attend a meeting, simply fill out a comment sheet and give it to the Board Coordinator at the recording station. 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).