New CWCB Staff: Please welcome our new team members!
Greg Johnson is the new program manager for the Water Supply Planning section. Greg returned to the CWCB after spending over three years as a project manager with Wilson Water Group. Greg is excited to apply the experience he gained in the private sector to assist with numerous statewide water supply planning efforts that he is passionate about.
Stephanie DiBetitto is the new Community Assistance Program (CAP) coordinator. She provides technical assistance to communities implementing floodplain management standards through the National Flood Insurance Program by helping local officials identify, prevent, and resolve floodplain management issues, among other tasks. At the CWCB, she has led the Colorado Hazard Mapping Program, aided in efforts to draft Colorado's Water Plan, and worked on other special projects related to Colorado's flood recovery efforts.
Corey Elliott is the new program coordinator for the Hazard Mapping Program. Established by SB 15-245, the Hazard Mapping Program involves reanalysis of all stream reaches affected by the 2013 flood in northern Colorado, providing digital floodplain maps for all Colorado counties that don't currently have one, establishment of a pilot program for mapping erosion hazard zones, and ongoing identification of debris flow zones. Corey comes from the Colorado Division of Emergency Management.
CWCB Board members and staff toured Deep Creek. Deep Creek was declared as suitable for Wild and Scenic designation in July 2015, meaning it is has been recognized for its outstanding ecologic, scenic, and geologic values. This unique ecosystem is home to approximately 40 caves, including the largest in Colorado that is over 11 miles long. (See pictures below)
CWCB Board approved 19 Water Supply Reserve Fund (WSRF) grants. These grants will help fund projects varying from dust on snow monitoring, constructing a fish bypass channel around the Ware and Hinds Ditch diversion dam, and providing long-term potable water to the Zinno Subdivision.
In FY 2015-2016, the Board approved 26 grant applications for alternative transfer methods (ATMs) totaling approximately $4,600,000. The most recent grant, a Water Bank Pilot Project on the Western Slope, was awarded in July 2016 for $200,000 with the Grand Valley Water Users Association as the fiscal agent.
Colorado's Water Plan Channel
Colorado is implementing the water plan using the partnerships and collaborative, grassroots approach that our state has been dedicated to for over a decade. The State will continue to work with stakeholders to promote cooperation and local solutions that fit the needs of the diverse communities in Colorado.
Mark your calendar on November 29 for the Ag Viability Summit hosted by the CWCB, IBCC, and Colorado Ag Water Alliance (CAWA) at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. More info to come.
The SWSI update process kicked off July 2016. The CWCB has assembled the internal project management team for SWSI, and Brown and Caldwell developed a project management document to guide the process. The CWCB is working with the consultant team to define the methodologies.
Left: CWCB Section Chief Becky Mitchell giving a SWSI update at the Colorado Water Congress summer conference on August 25.
A DROP IN THE BASIN
Depth of the Basin //Rio Grande
Natural resources are essential to the San Luis Valley. How is the valley using tradition and collaboration to create a culture of conservation? Find out!
The stability of the San Luis Valley’s water resources has often required adaptation and cooperation. The new groundwater/pumping rules for Division 3 are no exception. Check out what's happening!
Tour of the Windy Gap Project
Board members and staff had the privilege of touring a portion Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District’s Colorado-Big Thompson Project in August.
The tour began at Windy Gap Reservoir and continued to the Farr Pump Plant on the north shore of Lake Granby. The tour also highlighted a stop at the recently completed Granby Hydropower Plant. Construction of the hydropower plant was funded by a low-interest loan from the CWCB.
A LITTLE MORE BEFORE YOU RUNOFF
Institution of the Year
The national WateReuse Association named the CWCB the 2016 Institution of the Year!
"This year’s award recipients are excellent examples of how leadership drives innovation.”
--- WateReuse Association Executive Director Melissa Meeker Learn more
Sustaining Watersheds Conference
October 11-13 // Avon
Don't miss the annual conference that expands cooperation and collaboration throughout Colorado in natural resource conservation, protection, and enhancement. Register
Check out this workshop at the conference led by ThinkWater’s Jeremy Solin, who will examine why systems thinking is useful in addressing the everyday and complex water issues we face in Colorado. Learn more through this video.
Improving Irrigation Water Management — Latest Methods in Evapotranspiration and Supporting Technologies
October 11-14 // Fort Collins
The workshop will present ET estimation methods and the information required to use them, the latest research in ET estimation for both well-irrigated and deficit-irrigated crops, and how these methods could be used for more accurate and standardized consumptive use calculations for both permanent water transfers and alternative temporary transfers. Register
Intermountain West Drought Early Warning System Front Range Drought Outlook & Stakeholder Meeting
October 25 // Denver
This workshop will serve four purposes: 1) provide an update on current and forecasted drought & climate conditions 2) introduce the new Intermountain West Drought Early Warning System 3) showcase current research and tools available to stakeholders to support drought early warning 4) gather feedback from stakeholders on current needs for the IMW DEWS to help inform the development of the IMW DEWS Strategic Plan. Learn more
Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum
November 2-3, 2016 // Grand Junction
This year's theme is "Complex Systems in Flux: Changing Relationships between Water, People and the Environment." Keynote speakers are Jack Schmidt of Utah State University and Tom Buschatzke of the AZ Department of Water Resources. Full details
Colorado Climate Fundamentals - Colorado Regional Workshop #1
November 7-8 // Golden
Held in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Colorado Water Conservation Board, workshop participants will learn from experts about the implications of climate change with a regional focus added for Colorado and the Rockies. Professionals from the public and private sectors, higher education and the NGO community will benefit from the classroom-style, interactive training activities. Find out more
Strengthening Collaborative Capacity for Better Water Decisions
November 9-11, 2016 // Sylvan Dale Ranch - Loveland
This highly interactive, hands-on training is designed to help water professionals, leaders, and stakeholders deepen and strengthen their skills, tools, and capacity for collaboration and consensus around complex water challenges. Find out more
Diane Hoppe Memorial Water Scholarship Fund
The Colorado Water Conservation Board and the family of Diane Hoppe have established a Memorial Water Scholarship Fund in the name of Diane. The scholarship was Diane's wish to encourage students to learn about water issues in Colorado. The fund is held by the Denver Foundation. Give in honor of Diane