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The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) represents each major water basin, Denver and other state agencies in our joint effort to use water wisely and protect our water for future generations. 

Colorado River States Embark on Innovative Water Savings Program
The states of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico have embarked on a unique test program to shore up declining reservoir levels if the 15-year drought that has plagued the Colorado River continues into the future. On July 1, the four states approved 10 projects that allow farmers, municipalities and other water users to voluntarily and temporarily forego use of their water in exchange for compensation. On August 13, 2015, the first agreement was reached on one project within Colorado, within the Yampa River basin. Read More...

Water Loss Collective 2015 AWWA M36 Water Loss Audit Training Program (Webcast & Workshops) 
The Colorado Water Conservation Board, Colorado Water Wise, the Rocky Mountain Section of AWWA, the Water Research Foundation and Cavanaugh & Associates are teaming up to bring water providers a Pilot Training Program for AWWA M36 Water Auditing & Loss Control.

The Program will include foundational training on the AWWA M36 Water Auditing & Loss Control Methodology for water system improvements. Participants will learn how to strategically apply the methodology and interpret the water audit data to assess and improve Water Loss performance at the utility level.
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South Platte High Groundwater Analysis in the Gilcrest-LaSalle and Sterling Areas -- Final Report
There have been increased occurrences of high groundwater issues since about 2008 in several areas in the lower South Platte Basin, primarily in the Gilcrest-LaSalle area and in two subdivisions on the west side of Sterling. In collaboration with CWCB, the Colorado Division of Water Resources (DWR) initiated detailed data collection and monitoring of the hydrologic conditions and drivers in the Sterling and Gilcrest-LaSalle areas in spring 2012 with the intent of hiring a third-party consultant to analyze the data, quantify the drivers of water table change, and identify relationships among the drivers. The overall goal of the project described in this report was to create a water budget that can help describe the hydrologic and hydrogeologic influences that may be causing high groundwater in the Sterling and Gilcrest/LaSalle areas.

View the report.

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Discharge from Big Bend Drain Criteria and Guidelines: Emergency Dewatering Grant Program in Areas of Gilcrest and Sterling, Colorado 
House Bill 15-1178 established this grant program for emergency dewatering in the Gilcrest and Sterling areas for cases that the CWCB and State Engineer determine are experiencing damaging high groundwater levels in recent years. Comments should be directed to Emily LoDolce.

Proposed Criteria and Guidelines: Pilot Projects to Evaluate Alternative Methods of Lowering the Water Table in Areas Along the South Platte River
House Bill 15-1013 authorizes the CWCB, in consultation with the State Engineer, to select and administer two pilot projects for the purpose of providing the CWCB and State Engineer with sufficient data to evaluate two alternative methods of lowering the water table in the Gilcrest and Sterling areas along the South Platte River that are experiencing damaging high groundwater levels.

Public comment on the proposed criteria and guidelines is open until August 21, 2015.

Comments should be directed to Emily LoDolce.

Discharge from Big Bend Drain

Pilot System Water Conservation Program RFP Released
May 8, 2015 - The Upper Colorado River Commission (UCRC) issued a Request For Pre-proposals (RFP) for the Pilot System Water Conservation Program for the Upper Colorado River Basin. Facing declining levels in Lakes Powell and Mead, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and four major water providers that depend on the Colorado River Basin supplies have committed $11 million, of which at least $2.75 million is intended for use in the Upper Colorado River Basin, to fund the Pilot System Water Conservation Program. This program is designed to develop and test tools that could potentially be used as part of a drought contingency plan to help protect storage within the Colorado River basin.  Importantly, this two year pilot program is seeking Pre-proposals for conservation opportunities that would be voluntary, compensated, and temporary in nature.

The following documents are available for viewing:

Lake Mead 2015
Hoover Dam, Lake Mead - Feb 2015

FloodDSS Flood Threat Bulletin Now Available
The Colorado Flood Threat Portal is now available. The portal provides:
  • A daily assessment of flood potential around the state, issued at 11am each day from May through September.
  • Statewide 24-hr Precipitation Map
  • Daily Statewide Flood Threat Bulletin and Map
  • 7-15 Day Flood Threat Outlook (updated Mondays and Thursdays)

Colorado's Water Plan Draft Presented to Governor

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 —  Gov. John Hickenlooper presented the first draft of Colorado’s Water Plan, praising the work of hundreds of participants across the state for their role in building a collaborative approach for navigating Colorado’s water challenges.

“The collaborative and comprehensive nature of this plan marks a new way to conduct our water business, said Hickenlooper. “We owe a great debt to the hundreds of volunteers who’ve dedicated enormous amounts of their time and energy to this process, and to the thousands from every corner of the state who provided their thoughtful comments to our basin roundtables and the Colorado Water Conservation Board.”

Read the full press release here.

Governor Receives Water Plan
Governor Hickenlooper holds a draft of Colorado's Water Plan.
Photo by Lindsay Cox

Road Damaged by Flooding Flood Hydrology Reports Available
CWCB, in partnership with CDOT, has undertaken an extensive hydrology study for major watersheds impacted by the September 2013 flood.  The study goals included flood hydrology updates for these watersheds using current rainfall-runoff modeling techniques and modern rainfall data. The hydrology models use detailed information from the 2013 flood to calibrate results. The new study results can be used to update floodplain maps throughout the flood-affected area. To access these studies please see "Post Flood Reports" on the right side of the 2013 Flood Response page.

    Fallowing-Leasing Pilot Program

    Information regarding the Catlin Pilot Project proposal can be found here.

    The CWCB included an action item on this project during the January 26-27 Board meeting. Please contact Tom Browning with any questions.

    Chatfield ReservoirChatfield Reservoir Reallocation Project 
    The CWCB is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a coalition of local interests to reallocate existing storage space in the reservoir for joint-use water supply purposes. Read more...
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     CWCB Events

    CWCB Board Meeting9/15/2015 9:00 AM
    AWWA M36 Water Loss Audit Training - Grand Junction9/21/2015 9:00 AM
    AWWA M36 Water Loss Audit Training - Frisco9/22/2015 9:00 AM
    AWWA M36 Water Loss Audit Training - Pueblo9/23/2015 9:00 AM
    Water Availability Task Force Meeting9/23/2015 9:30 AM

     IBCC/Roundtable Events

    Rio Grande Roundtable9/8/2015 2:00 PM
    South Platte Roundtable9/8/2015 4:00 PM
    Metro Roundtable 9/9/2015 4:00 PM
    Yampa/White Roundtable9/9/2015 6:00 PM
    Gunnison Roundtable 10/5/2015 4:00 PM
    Southwest Roundtable10/14/2015 3:00 PM

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