Viola Bralish
303-866-3441 x3206
May 15-16, 2019 Notice & Agenda

A meeting of the CWCB will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 commencing at 9:00 AM and continuing through Thursday, May 16, 2019. The meeting will be held at Western State College, located at 1 Western Way, Gunnison CO 81231.

There will be a tour of Taylor Dam located at (need address) held on May 14, 2019, beginning at 3:00p.m.  If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Viola Bralish by Friday, May 10, 2019.  The public is welcome to attend but must provide their own transportation.

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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

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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, 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. 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).

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

9:00 – 9:02 CWCB Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance
9:02 – 9:05 1. Review and Approve Agenda
9:05 – 9:07  2. Review and Approve March 20 & 21, 2019 Board Meeting Minutes
9:07 – 9:10  3. Approve and/or Remove Consent Agenda Items
9:10  4. Board Meeting Dates in 2019
  1. July 17 & 18                Arkansas Basin
  2. September 17 - 19       Rio Grande Basin (includes date for Finance Meeting)
  3. November 20 & 21       Denver Metro
9:10 – 10:10  5. Directors’ Reports
  1. DNR Executive Director
  2. IBCC Director
  3. Agriculture Commissioner
  4. CWCB Director
  5. State Engineer
  6. Division of Parks and Wildlife Director
  7. Water Resource and Power Development Authority
10:10 – 10:20 6.  Dianne Hoppe Memorial Scholarship
     Operations Section
10:20 – 10:35  7. Bear Creek Lake Reallocation
    Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
10:35 – 10:55  8. Colorado’s Decision Support Systems Update 
    Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
10:55 – 11:10  Morning Break
11:10 – 11:25  9. Paonia Dam Outlet Works Modification MOA Reallocation Request
    Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
11:25 – 11:45  10. Wild and Scenic Rivers Fund Annual Review
    Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
11:45 – 12:00 11. Weather Modification Update 
     Interstate, Federal, and Water Information and Watershed and Flood Protection Section
12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 – 1:25  12. Colorado River Drought Contingency Planning and Demand Management Feasibility
   Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
1:25 – 1:35  13. Financial Matter – Construction Fund and Severance Tax Perpetual Base Fund
    Finance Section
  1. Financial Projections and Cash Management Report
1:35 – 2:00  14. Water Project Loans
    Finance Section
  1. Town of Empire – Guanella Reservoir Storage Purchase
  2. Upper Platte & Beaver Canal Company - Diversion Structure Replacement
2:00 – 2:15 15.  Water Project Loans/Grants
     Finance Section
  1. Logan Irrigation District – Prewitt Reservoir Dredging
2:15 – 2:30  16. City of Boulder Water Delivery Agreement from Gross Reservoir for Instream Flow Use in South Boulder Creek (Water Div. 1)
  Stream and Lake Protection Section
2:30 – 2:45 17. Renewal of Ute Water Conservancy District Lease of Ruedi Water for Instream Flow Use in the 15-Mile Reach (Water Div. 5)
   Stream and Lake Protection Section
2:45 – 2:55 18. Final Action on Uncontested 2019 Instream Flow Appropriations in Water Divisions 2, 4, and 6
   Stream and Lake Protection Section
2:55 – 3:05 19. Contested 2019 Instream Flow Appropriations in Water Divisions 3, 6, and 7
   Stream and Lake Protection Section
3:05 – 3:15 20. Public Comment on 2019 Instream Flow Appropriation on Himes Creek, Water Division 7
   Stream and Lake Protection Section
3:15 – 3:20  21.  Attorney General’s Report, Legal Briefing, and Executive Session
3:20 – 3:35       Afternoon BREAK
3:35 – 5:05  22. Executive Session
  1. Instream Flow Protective Terms and Conditions
  2. Conflict of Interest Guidance
  3. Colorado River
    1. Demand Management/DCP
    2. Aspinall Unit Operations
    3. Basin Fund MOA
  4. d. Rio Grande
    1. Texas v. New Mexico and Colorado, Orig. 141
  5. e. Hill v. Warsewa
  6. f. Republican River
    1. Compact Rulemaking
  7. g. Litigation Funding
5:05 – 5:10 23. Report from Executive Session
5:10 – 5:30 24. Litigation Fund
Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
  1. Annual Report
  2. Litigation Fund Request
Thursday, May 16, 2019
8:30 – 10:15   25. Basin Directors’ Reports
  1. Colorado River (Mainstem) Basin Director’s Report
  2. San Juan/San Miguel-Dolores River Basin Director’s Report
  3. Gunnison River Basin Director’s Report
  4. North Platte River Basin Director’s Report
  5. South Platte River Basin Director’s Report
  6. Arkansas River Basin Director’s Report
  7. City and County of Denver Director’s Report
  8. Rio Grande River Basin Director’s Report
  9. Yampa-White River Basin Director’s Report
10:15 – 10:30  Morning BREAK
10:30 – 10:50  26. WSRF Grant Applications
  1. Attorney General’s Opinion Regarding For-Profit Entities Eligibility to Receive WSRF Grant Funding
Basin Applicant Water Activity


Gunnison Delta Brick & Climate Company  Chemical Water Production via Methane Mitigation


Gunnison  Trout Unlimited Cimarron Canal Diversion Gate Replacement and Water Management Planning Project


Yampa/White/Green  The Nature Conservancy  Maybell Ditch Diversion Structure Rehabilitation and Headgate Modernization


Yampa/White/Green  Upper Walker Ditch Company  Walker Ditch Headgate Replacement


 Colorado Trout Unlimited and the Blue River Watershed Group  Blue River Integrated Water Management Plan


Colorado   Eagle Vail Metropolitan District  Phase 1 – Stone Creek Master Plan


Rio Grande   Colorado Rio Grande Restoration Foundation  Rio Grande, Conejos, and Saguache Stream Management Planning Project
10:50 – 11:20  27.  Colorado Water Plan Update
    Water Supply Planning Section
11:20 – 12:20  LUNCH
12:20 – 12:50  28.  Colorado Water Plan Grant Funding Discussion
12:50 – 3:15  29.  Water Plan Grants Overview
Category Applicant Water Activity

29. a-l Agriculture


Agriculture Colorado Open Lands  San Luis Valley River and Aquifer Recovery and Enhancement Partnership


Agriculture  Julesburg Irrigation District  Petersen Ditch Diversion Integrated Rehabilitation Project


Agriculture  The Nature Conservancy  Maybell Ditch Diversion Structure & Headgate Modernization


Agriculture  San Miguel County  Expansion of Payment for Ecosystem Services Program


Agriculture  Turner Ditch Company  Turner and Lone Cabin Ditch Salinity Reduction Project


Agriculture  Trout Unlimited Innovative Irrigation Efficiency for Mountain Meadows


Agriculture Lake Fork Ditch Company  Lake Fork Ditch Piping and Salinity Reduction Project


Agriculture  Overland Ditch and Reservoir Company  Overland Ditch Cal Poly ITRC Flap Gates


Agriculture  Schneider Ditch Company  Schneider Diversion Structure Replacement Project


Agriculture  Upper Platte and Beaver Canal Company   Upper Platte and Beaver Canal Rehabilitation Project


Agriculture Mancos Water Conservancy District  Jackson Gulch Inlet Improvement Project


Agriculture  Short Ditch Extension Company  Short Ditch Piping and Salinity Reduction Project

29. m-q Conservation and Land Use


Water Conservation and Land Use  Bohn Farm Cohousing Community, LLC (BFCC)  BFCC- Stormwater Infrastructure


Water Conservation and Land Use Sonoran Institute  Breaching the Divide: West Slope-Front Range Partnerships to Integrate Water and Land Use Planning


Water Conservation and Land Use Fort Collins Utilities  Transforming the Front Range HOA


Water Conservation and Land Use  Greenway Foundation  Denver One Water Plan


Water Conservation and Land Use Montezuma County Noxious Weed Dept.  Russian Olive and Salt Cedar Waterway Project

29. r – w Engagement and Innovation


Engagement and Innovation Adams State University  Water Education Initiative at Adams State University


Engagement and Innovation Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance  Innovative Water Education Workshops


Engagement and Innovation Fourmile Watershed Coalition  Boulder County Forest Collaborative Education and Outreach


Engagement and Innovation Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group  Watershed Days: A Community Based Assessment of Front Range Watershed Recovery


Engagement and Innovation Middle South Platte River Alliance  Agriculture Producers Outreach and Education Program


Engagement and Innovation Tri-County Health Department  Water Conservation Outreach

29. x – kk  Environment and Recreation


Environment and Recreation Central Colorado Conservancy  Envision Recreation in Balance


Environment and Recreation Pitkin County Board of Supervisor  Robinson Ditch Diversion Modification


Environment and Recreation Trout Unlimited/Blue River Group  Blue River Integrated Water Management Plan 


Environment and Recreation Grand Valley Audubon Society  Audubon Nature Preserve Wetlands Improvement


Environment and Recreation Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership   Governor Basin Restoration Project


Environment and Recreation Gunnison County  Shady Island River Park


Environment and Recreation National Forest Foundation   Taylor Park Watershed Erosion Control & Stream Restoration


Environment and Recreation Trout Unlimited  Octate Properties Channel and Irrigation Improvement


Environment and Recreation Trout Unlimited  Cimarron Canal Diversion Gate Replacement/Water Management Plan


Environment and Recreation Gunnison Angling Society  Addressing Water Quality with a Vault Toilet at Cottonwood Pass Day Use Area


Environment and Recreation CO Rio Grande Restoration Foundation  Park Creek Watershed Improvement Project


Environment and Recreation Colorado Open Lands Watershed Analysis of Beaver Restoration Potential in Park County


Environment and Recreation Colorado Open Lands Riparian Reconnect Project


Environment and Recreation Valley Floor Preservation Partners  Telluride Valley Floor River Restoration Phase Two

29. ll – pp  Storage and Supply


Storage & Supply Huerfano County Water Conservancy District  Collaborative Storage 30% Design


Storage & Supply Logan Irrigation District  Prewitt Reservoir Dredging


Storage & Supply North Fork Water Conservation District  Paonia Reservoir Sediment Removal


Storage & Supply Delta Conservation District  Grand Mesa Reservoir Measurement


Storage & Supply Lower Arkansas Water Management Association  West Farm Gravel Acquisition
3:15 - 3:30 30.  Water Education Colorado – Annual Scope of Work
    Water Supply Planning Section

CWCB Consent Agenda May 15-16, 2019
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 at the end of the meeting or at the next meeting. 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. 19CW3016 (Water Division 1): Application of Arapahoe County Water and Waste Water Authority, East Cherry Creek Valley Water and Sanitation District, United Water and Sanitation District, and 70 Ranch, LLC
  2. Case No. 19CW3019 (Water Division 1): Application of Fort Collins – Loveland Water District 
  3. Case No. 19CW3012 (Water Division 4): Application of Double RL Company
  4. Case No. 19CW0005 (Water Division 5): Application of James R. Frazier and Tracy Frazier
  5. Case No. 19CW3022 (Water Division 5): Application of Iron Rose Land and Cattle II, LLC