As another Colorado summer comes to an end and we turn toward winter, we wanted to share this beautiful video and poem that celebrates our state's natural resources. It shows how valuable and important our water resources are to the State of Colorado. It reminds us that we are all stewards of these resources and all have a role to play in conserving, developing, protecting, and managing them for present and future generations.
Love Letter to Colorado: poem in video written by David Mason & video produced by Matador Network and the Colorado Tourism Office
SMART THINGS SAID BY SMART WATER PEOPLE
"It’s clear that there is great interest and support for implementing alternatives to permanently drying up irrigated agriculture. This is not only true to maintain the bounty of locally grown food and feed products that come from the lower Arkansas River Valley and other farming locations throughout Colorado, but also to preserve all of the other consequential benefits that would be lost." - Jack Goble
Hear more from Jack Goble, Arkansas Basin representative on the CWCB Board, about his perspective on and experience with alternative transfer methods (ATMs) in his article, ATMs: The Time is Ripe.
How these Colorado farmers banded together to save their water supply Article published by KCUR 89.3 on September 25
"In the summer of 2002, water pumps in Colorado’s San Luis Valley stopped working.
The center pivot sprinklers that coax shoots from the dry soil and turn the valley into one of the state’s most productive agricultural regions strained so hard to pull water from an underground aquifer that they created sunken pits around them." Check out the full article to see how far the San Luis Valley has come in 15 years!
South Platte River will get more water and become a better home for fish Article published by Denver Business Journal on September 6
There will be more water flowing down the South Platte River through Denver in the future following a successful year-long fundraising effort by The Greenway Foundation that netted nearly $2 million, and a matching grant from Denver Water. The expansion project allows the reservoir to store more water for use by growing cities in the metro area and farmers in northeastern Colorado. Construction work to move existing recreational amenities at Chatfield State Park out of the way of the higher water levels is expected to start this year and last for two years.
The two entities, along with 19 donors who worked with The Greenway Foundation, intend for extra water flows to aid fish, habitat, and the ecosystem in and along the river. Read the full Denver Business Journal article here.
Colorado's Water Plan Grant Fund
The 2017 Projects Bill (HB17-1248) included $10 million dedicated for the implementation of Colorado’s Water Plan. At the September Board meeting, CWCB staff presented the first round of applicants to the Board. Learn more about the grants.
CWCB stream recovery work nears completion four years after 2013 floods
The record-smashing floods of 2013 ravaged Front Range waterways, rerouting and flattening stream channels, eroding streambanks, degrading fish habitat and stripping trees and vegetation from riparian areas. Four years later, many of those waterways have been repaired, restored and even improved due to efforts led by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and a myriad partners at the state, federal and community level. With most attention properly focused on the recovery of communities, reconstruction of homes and property as well as road, bridge and infrastructure repair, CWCB and its partners have quietly redesigned and rebuilt stream channels in a way that has improved stream flows, boosted fish habitat and created more resilient waterways in the event of future floods. Read the full press release.
Northern Water's Fish and Wildlife Mitigation and Enhancement Plan on Poudre River Update
New Section Chiefs at the CWCB Greg Johnson is the new Section Chief of the Water Supply Planning Section. As program manager in this section, Greg focused on providing organization and oversight of the basin roundtable and IBCC processes, coordinating the ongoing update to the Statewide Water Supply Initiative, and managing various activities to support alternative transfer mechanisms. His past experience includes working as a consultant on various water supply planning projects, assisting with water supply planning at a municipal water provider, and working as a geologist for an environmental consulting firm. Outside of work, he does his best to enjoy our beautiful state with his wife and three very busy kids.
Brent Newman is the new Section Chief of the Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section. Brent was previously a Water Resource Specialist in the section working with the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum, the Arkansas River Compact Administration, and focusing on other water quality and agricultural viability goals identified in Colorado’s Water Plan. In his free time, Brent enjoys snowskiing, running, hiking, and exploring Colorado’s remarkable landscape.
BEER + WATER
3 Denver Breweries Making Beer From Recycled Water
In late August, Oskar Blues Brewery teamed up with Ball Corporation to pause beer canning production to fill 88,800 cans of safe drinking water for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Together with the CAN’d Aid Foundation, the two breweries produced emergency drinking water.
Floods and other natural disasters can damage and contaminate drinking water sources, creating a need for clean water, which is where the brewers come in. Not only did Oskar Blues shut down beer production in Longmont during this period, Denver-based MillerCoors switched its Revolver brewing lines in Texas to can water. Anheuser-Busch also stopped canning beer in Georgia for a week to produce emergency drinking water. Read the full article from the Denver Post and learn more about the CAN’d Aid Foundation’s work here.
A LITTLE MORE BEFORE YOU RUNOFF
Upcoming Workshops and Events October - November
Water, water everywhere! There are many opportunities coming up in October and November to get involved and learn more about Colorado’s water. Check them out here! You can find additional information through the Colorado Watershed Assembly.
Maker Faire Denver October 14-15
Innovators gather at Maker Faire Denver, an all-ages festival that inspires, educates and entertains; propelling ideas into reality and curiosities into amazing creations. Makers come from all over the U.S. to share their cutting-edge inventions and artistry, as well as teach their craft to attendees, with hands-on activities in arts, technology, and fabrication of all kinds.
Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum November 1-2
The Water Center at CMU invites you to the 2017 Forum. This interdisciplinary forum will include dialogue between academic practitioner and artistic perspectives on water issues affecting the Upper Colorado River Basin. We encourage submissions from water managers, scientists, engineers, policy makers, policy analysts, citizen groups, industry representatives, farmers, water attorneys, scholars, artists and writers. Submissions for both oral presentations and poster presentations are welcome.
Colorado Watershed Restoration Grants
Interested in applying for a Colorado Watershed Restoration Program Grant? Learn more about the program that provides grants for watershed/stream restoration and flood mitigation projects throughout the state. Grant applications must be submitted by November 3, 2017. Contact Chris Sturm for further information and to discuss project eligibility. Information can be found on the CWCB Website.
Regionalization Workshop: Considerations in Implementing Regional Water Solutions November 6
Regional water planning and management is becoming a popular topic in Colorado as a means to help secure water for our future. This informative, day-long workshop will provide a forum for information and discussion around the tradeoffs in regional water planning for achieving economies of scale as well as a close examination of the opportunities, the hurdles, and the best approaches for success. Register here to reserve your place in Colorado Springs.