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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's Water Plan

Colorado's Water Plan
November 2017 marks Colorado’s Water Plan two-year anniversary. Many of the goals and objectives may not be realized for decades to come, but a multitude of actions are well underway. Ripple Effects is a report that showcases many collaborative and innovative efforts from the past two years. The update focuses on the specific actions found throughout Colorado's Water Plan and compiled in Appendix H. Check it out!

The Colorado's Water Plan Implementation Fact Sheet​ contains the progress update on meeting the objectives set forth in the plan. Go to the Plan...



30-Day Public Comment Period: State Drought Mitigation & Response Plan Update Drought Mitigation Cover
The CWCB is working to update the Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan, which was last updated in 2013. The Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan (Plan) was developed to provide an effective and systematic means for the State of Colorado to reduce the impacts of water shortages over the short and long term.  The Plan outlines a mechanism for coordinated drought monitoring, impact assessment, response to emergency drought problems, and mitigation of long term drought impacts. There are three major components of the plan: mitigation, response and vulnerability assessment. The planning effort paralleled the update of the State Hazard Mitigation Plan, a plan that will be seeking FEMA enhanced plan status in order to leverage more mitigation funding for Colorado.

The Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan will be incorporated into Colorado’s State Hazard Mitigation Plan as a stand-alone appendix and will ultimately be adopted by the Governor through that affiliation. CWCB staff intends to bring the finalized, updated Plan to the CWCB Board at their September Board meeting for adoption.

Please send comments to Taryn Finnessey at Taryn.Finnessey@state.co.us by August 24th.

 



30-Day Public Comment Period: State Flood Mitigation Plan Update
The CWCB is working to update the Colorado Flood MitigationFlood Mitigation Plan Cover Plan, which was last updated in 2013. The Plan re-assesses the State’s flood risk and mitigation strategies and includes updates on implementation and progress toward meeting the Plan’s goals. Multiple state agencies are included in the plan preparation process through participation on the Flood Technical Assistance Partnership (Flood TAP). The Flood TAP also includes representation from local and federal agencies, including multi-agency coordination through the Army Corps of Engineers Silver Jackets program. The planning effort paralleled the update of the State Hazard Mitigation Plan, a plan that will be seeking FEMA enhanced plan status in order to leverage more mitigation funding for Colorado.

The Flood Mitigation Plan will be incorporated into Colorado’s State Hazard Mitigation Plan as a stand-alone appendix and will ultimately be adopted by the Governor through that affiliation. CWCB staff intends to bring the finalized, updated Plan to the CWCB Board at their September Board meeting for adoption.

Please send comments to Stephanie DiBetitto at stephanie.dibetitto@state.co.us

 



Flood Threat Bulletin 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)

Also available on Twitter and Facebook.
Questions? Contact Kevin Houck.



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Updated Climate Plan Available
Gov. John Hickenlooper released an updated edition of the Colorado Climate Plan, a statewide set of policy recommendations and actions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and to increase Colorado’s level of preparedness. The revised Plan reflects advances in the discussion on how best to address climate change at the state level as well as progress since the release of the initial plan in 2014; and wraps in the objectives contained in Gov. Hickenlooper’s executive order of July 2017 that committed the state to additional climate action. The plan can be found HERE.

Public comments on the plan collected last fall and have been addressed and incorporated where appropriate. A summary of how those comments were addressed can be found HERE.



DNR LogoRequest for Water Acquisition Pilot ProcessWater Trust Logo
Announcing a voluntary process designed to protect and enhance rivers while providing opportunities for water rights owners to explore new flexible uses for their water. This Request for Water Acquisitions (“RFWA”) Pilot Process streamlines and enhances an existing program that provides benefits to water rights owners for using creative and flexible tools to manage their water rights. This allows water to be returned to rivers and watersheds to keep them healthy, without any penalties or harm to the water rights. More information ….

Colorado's Water Plan Grant Application Available
The Board will select projects, programs and activities to fund from applications that have the best opportunity to make progress on the CWP’s Measurable Objectives or critical actions. The CWCB staff reserves the right to negotiate with successful applicants to modify the scope and budget of their project to better meet the CWP objectives in light of fund availability. CWCB staff will evaluate applications and recommend projects to the CWCB Board for final approval at its regularly scheduled Board meetings. More...


The CWCB Confluence Newsletter is Out!
The CWCB has a new e-newsletter which we're sending out after each CWCB Board meeting (every other month). It highlights the work of the CWCB Board and staff, the IBCC, the nine basin roundtables, partner organizations, and local efforts and events involving water across the state. It also has updates on Colorado's Water Plan implementation and important news and information for the Colorado water community. Sign up here, or with the button on the left.
Read the June edition!
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South Platte Storage Study Report Available
The South Platte Storage Study (SPSS) was performed as a result of House Bill 16-1256. This legislation authorized the Colorado Water Conservation Board, in collaboration with the State Engineer and the South Platte Basin and Metro Roundtables, to conduct a study to identify water storage possibilities along the lower South Platte River from Greeley to Julesburg. These storage options include the construction of new reservoirs, the rehabilitation and enlargement of existing reservoirs, and underground storage.

Download the SPSS report here...


Agricultural Water Protection Water Rights
Per House Bill 16-1228, the CWCB developed Criteria and Guidelines for the establishment of Agricultural Water Protection Programs in Water Division 1 or 2 for the implementation of Agricultural Water Protection Water Rights. The Criteria and Guidelines were approved by the CWCB at the July 2017 board meeting and are available here. The Division of Water Resources is developing Rules Governing the Review of a Substitute Water Supply Plan for the Lease, Loan, or Trade of a Decreed Agricultural Water Protection Water Right.

More information on the rules is available here.
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CWCB Data Viewer now online!
The CWCB Data Viewer is a free, web-based map that provides water feature information and data about CWCB projects in the form of an interactive map of Colorado. Features can be selected and identified, and links are provided to more detailed information where available. This map is supported on all platforms, including mobile! Check it out here.
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Statewide Water Supply InitiativeStatewide Water Supply Initiative
Work is underway to update the Statewide Water Supply Initiative with a focus on data and analysis to serve as the technical foundation for future refinements to the Basin Implementation Plans and Colorado’s Water Plan. The CWCB Project Management Team, Consultant Team, and Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) are in the process of developing refined methodologies prior to performing the updated analyses. More information can be found here.


 


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 CWCB Events

Water Availability Task Force Meeting7/24/2018 9:00 AM
CWCB Board Meeting9/18/2018 8:30 AM

 IBCC/Roundtable Events

Colorado Roundtable 7/23/2018 12:00 PM
Arkansas Roundtable 8/8/2018 12:30 PM
Metro Roundtable 8/9/2018 4:00 PM
Rio Grande Roundtable8/14/2018 2:00 PM
South Platte Roundtable 8/14/2018 4:00 PM
Yampa/White Roundtable9/12/2018 6:00 PM
Gunnison Roundtable 9/17/2018 4:00 PM
Southwest Roundtable10/10/2018 3:00 PM
IBCC Meeting10/18/2018 9:00 AM

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