2013 Water Resources Review Committee


    Report to Legislative Council                      Final Report                


Committee Members
Senators Representatives
Gail Schwartz, Chair Randy Fischer, Vice-chair
Greg Brophy Don Coram
Mary Hodge Diane Mitsch Bush
Matt Jones Jerry Sonnenberg
Ellen Roberts Ed Vigil
Staff Contacts:
David Beaujon
Brooke Maddaford
Clare Pramuk
(303) 866-3521


To contact committee staff, please email: WaterResources@state.co.us



2013 Committee Schedule
Meeting Information


June 12
July 17-19       Gunnison Water Workshop Western State Colorado University
July 18 Agenda Summary
3:00 p.m. -
6:00 p.m.
Western State Colorado University - University Center Ballroom
August 20-22       Colorado Water Congress  Steamboat Springs Colorado
August 21 Agenda Summary 8:00 a.m. Sheraton Steamboat Resort
September 26 Agenda Summary 10:00 a.m. State Capitol
September 27  Agenda Summary 9:00 a.m. State Capitol
October 9 Agenda Summary 10:00 a.m. State Capitol
October 10 Agenda Summary 9:00 a.m. State Capitol
 October 11 Agenda Summary 9:00 a.m. State Capitol 
October 30 Agenda Summary 9:00 a.m. State Capitol
October 30 - Joint Meeting with Wildfire Matters Review Committee Agenda Summary 10:00 a.m. State Capitol
 October 31
(if necessary)
    9:00 a.m. State Capitol 


Reports, Issue Briefs, Presentations, and Memoranda
Date Title/Subject
 June 11, 2013 Overview of Water Resources Review Committee
 June 19, 2013 Chair's Letter to Interested Persons Seeking Agenda and Bill Recommendations
 August 21, 2013 Colorado Water Plan Fact Sheet
  Update of Water Banking in the Arkansas
  FLEX Water Market Presentation
  Ground Water Management
  Testimony by Glenn Porzak
  Colorado Cattleman's Association Testimony
  National Ski Areas Association
  Executive Order D 2013-005
  Flex Market Model Project Completion Report
  SB06-193 Underground Water Storage Study
 September 25, 2013 Colorado Water Conservation Board Loan and Grant Programs
 September 26, 2013 Colorado Agriculture Water Alliance - Can Agricultural Water and Efficiency Provide the Water Needed for Colorado's Future?
  Colorado Agriculture and Conservation Reduced Diversion Guidelines
  Statement of Purpose and Purpose for Proposed Irrigation Improvement Rules
  OLLS Opinion on HB13-1013 and U.S. Forest Ski Area Permit Terms
  National Ski Area Association - May 10, 2013 Comments to U.S. Forest Ski Area Permit Terms
  Letters from San Luis Residents
  Letters from San Luis Residents received after September 18, 2013
  Presentation Concerning Special Improvement District No. 1 of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District
  Petition to Shut Down Closed Basin Project
  Implementation of SB13-019 from Eagle River Water and Sanitation District
  Administrative Discussion of Efficiency and Water Conservation
September 27, 2013 Colorado Water Plan Fact Sheet
  Department of Local Affairs Available Financial Assistance for Public Drinking and Wastewater Projects
  Water Pollution Control Revolving Loan Program
  Drinking Water Revolving Loan Program
  Transforming Water Management in Colorado
  Colorado Water Wise Summary of Best Practices
  Severance Tax Forecast
  27th Annual Report on Dam Safety
  IBCC No-Low Regrets Action Plan prepared for August 6 IBCC meeting      
  Colorado Water Wise Presentation
  GreenCO Presentation on Best Management Practices
  LCS Presentation on Severance Taxes
October 9, 2013 Colorado Water Plan Frequently Asked Questions  
  Draft Colorado Water Plan Communications Plan Overview
  Letters Concerning Irrigation Season Policy in Water Division 3
  Proposed Agricultural Water Standards - FDA's Proposed Rule for Produce Safety
  Water Division 3 Policy 2010-01 Irrigation Season
  Signed Letter to the US Food and Drug Administration Concerning Draft Agriculture Water Standards
  CCI Report - County Perspectives on 35 Acre Subdivision Expemption in Colorado
  Land Use and Water Efficiency - Colorado State University
  Forest-Watershed Partnership Concept Paper
October 10, 2013 A Powerful Thirst - Managing the Electricity Sector's Water Needs and the Risk of Drought
  E2 Colorado Water Executive Summary
  Public Law 113-23
  Public Law 113-24
  State and Federal Policies to Promote Small and Low-Impact Hydropower
  Small Hydro Update and Recommendations for 2014 Colorado Legislature
  DORA Approval Letter for Ouray Variance Request from State Electrical Board
  Water Source and Demand for the Hydraulic Fracturing of Oil and Gas Wells in Colorado 2010-2015
  Biomass and Water Resources - Evergreen Clean Energy Corporation
  SB13-212 Fact Sheet Concerning Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy District (C-PACE)
  Oil and Gas Well Construction Water Needs in Colorado
  Colorado Public Utilities Commission - Regulation of Water Use by Electric Utilities
  Managing Energy, Water and Drought - Western Resource Advocates
  Colorado River Basin Supply and Demand Study -- What Did We Learn?
  Powering Colorado: Cabin Creek Hydroelectric Generating Facility
  Rio Grande Basin Study
October 11, 2013 Statutory and Rule Changes to Water Court Practice
  Water Court Committee of the Colorado Supreme Court - Report to the Chief Justice
  2013 Federal Resources for State Public-Private Partnerships
  2013 Water Infrastructure Overview
  Valuing Colorado's Agriculture: A Workshop for Water Policy Makers
  Value of Urban Drainage Planning and Flood Hazard Reduction Projects in the 2013 Flood
  What Energy Can Teach Us About Water - Rocky Mountain Institute
October 23, 2013 Letter to Governor Hickenlooper Concerning Flood Mitigation
October 30, 2013 Colorado Oil and Gas Association - Flood Relief Efforts
  Subdivision Regulations - Routt County
  Rocky Mountain Region Timber Letter to Tom Vilsack
  Valley Courier Article on State Engineer Meeting
  Overview: Western States Conserved and Salvaged Water Programs
  South Platte Google Earth Flyover
  Animated History


Proposed Legislation
Bill Designation
Short Title
Former Bill Designation
Bill A Hydroelectric Generation Incentives Bill 1
Bill B Water Flexible Markets Bill 2
Bill C Wastewater Treatment Small Communities Grants Bill 3
Bill D Div Water Resources Remove Printing Requirements Bill 10
Bill E Oppose Federal Special Use Permit Water Right Term Bill 11
Resolution A Forest Products Transport Interstate Weight Limit Resolution 1


Bills Not Recommended to Legislative Council
 Bill Designation Short Title
Bill 4 Create Forest Watershed Roundtables
Bill 5 Modify Cluster Development
Bill 6 Legislator Water Education Fund
Bill 7 Designated Ground Water District Enforcement
Bill 8 Allow Surface Water Replace Well Depletions
Bill 9 Simplified Water Court Procedures