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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: One Year of Implementation 
In November of 2015, the CWCB Board voted to approve Colorado’s Water Plan and deliver the plan to Governor Hickenlooper with a 10-0 vote. To get to that moment, it took thirty months of drafting, eight Basin Implementation Plans, three draft water plans, 30,000 public comments, and many years of discussions.

The success of the plan comes from implementing the objectives, goals, and actions Coloradans developed in order to ensure the state’s most valuable resource is protected and available for generations to come. Coloradans have been hard at work doing just that over this past year. And they will continue to do so for many years to come to ensure our state finds solutions and strategies that balance our diverse water needs and move the state forward together.

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...


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...

Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum Releases 2017 Review Draft for Public Comment
The Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum has released a draft of the 2017 Review: Water Quality Standards for Salinity, Colorado River System for public comment. This triennial document serves not only to evaluate water quality standards for salinity in the Colorado River, but also provides background on salinity issues in the Colorado River Basin and establishes a Plan of Implementation to keep salinity concentration within the defined water quality standards.

Public comments will be accepted through August 25, 2017. The Forum will then incorporate comments and consider the 2017 Review for adoption in October. Send comments to Brent Newman, CWCB staff at brent.newman@state.co.us.

For more information about the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum, visit http://coloradoriversalinity.org/, or check out this brief video: http://coloradoriversalinity.org/docs/CRBSCP_Trailer2-Thank-U-Web.mp4.

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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)


Agricultural Water Protection Water Rights
Per House Bill 16-1228, the CWCB has developed draft 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.  This effort is conducted in concert with the development of the Rules Governing the Review of a Substitute Water Supply Plan for the Lease, Loan, or Trade of a Decreed Agricultural Water Protection Water Right, being developed by the Division of Water Resources.  The document will be finalized by October 2017.  Public meetings in Water Division 1 and 2 will be held in April.  Please direct any questions or comments to Greg Johnson.

Review the Draft Criteria and Guidelines here.
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Snow Cannon Sunset Review of the Weather Modification Act
The Colorado Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform is currently conducting a sunset review of the Weather Modification Act of 1972. Analysis is performed to determine if the Act and the program are necessary and should be continued, modified, or cease operations. To provide input on this review, please visit their website.


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 April edition!


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.
 


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 Erik Skeie.


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.

Comments should be directed to Erik Skeie.

Discharge from Big Bend Drain

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 CWCB Events

Water Availability Task Force Meeting9/14/2017 9:30 AM
CWCB Board Meeting9/19/2017 9:00 AM

 IBCC/Roundtable Events

Rio Grande Roundtable9/12/2017 2:00 PM
Yampa/White Roundtable9/13/2017 6:00 PM
Colorado Roundtable 9/25/2017 12:00 PM
Southwest Roundtable10/11/2017 3:00 PM

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