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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. 

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.
Data Viewer

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)

2013 Flooding Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program
The CWCB has created a new website devoted to the Colorado Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program available at http://coloradoewp.com/. The website provides current information on the EWP Program for the public, as well as resources to assist watershed coordinators, local governments, landowners, and other interested parties with the implementation of watershed recovery projects.

Statewide Water Supply Initiative - 2016Statewide Water Supply Initiative
The CWCB is updating the Statewide Water Supply Initiative (SWSI) document beginning in 2016. Consultant selection and contracting for support services has taken place, and work will ramp up in the near future. Background information and the scope of work, can be found here, or check out the Fact Sheet. Questions can be directed to Tom Browning.

  Hazard Mapping LocationColorado Hazard Mapping Program - Phase 1 Now Underway
Following the September 2013 flood disaster, Colorado has taken steps toward long-term planning and resiliency efforts for flooding and other natural hazards. In early 2015, Colorado’s Legislature passed a funding bill for the Colorado Hazard Mapping Program, which aims to provide a mitigation and land use framework in areas likely to be affected by future flooding, erosion, and debris flow events. The CWCB is the lead agency coordinating the Colorado Hazard Mapping Program, working with AECOM, a nationally-recognized engineering firm, to conduct the technical work.

Phase I of the Colorado Hazard Mapping Program is now underway and working to prepare updated hazard information for the streams most affected by the September 2013 flooding, beginning in the Big Thompson & St. Vrain watersheds. The updated information is also intended to eventually be used to update Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM), which are used to determine flood insurance requirements. For more information please visit the project website.

Proposed Revisions to CWCB Criteria and Guidelines for Fallowing-Leasing Pilot Projects

The CWCB plans to include an agenda item for possible board action during its January 2016 meeting to consider updated criteria and guidelines for the fallowing-leasing pilot program. Please contact Tom Browning with any questions.

Information about the program and proposed changes can be found here.

Colorado's Water Plan

Gov. Hickenlooper Presents Colorado's Water Plan
DENVER — Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today was joined by James Eklund, Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Director, Dr. John Stulp, Senior Adviser to the Governor, CWCB Board members and many members of Colorado's water community to celebrate the completion of Colorado’s Water Plan, calling the project a historic step for the state.

The plan is the product of an unprecedented level of collaboration and public participation spanning two and a half years.
“This is how Colorado works: together, in partnership, to tackle head-on our toughest challenges,” said Hickenlooper. “Today we turn a new page on Colorado’s long and adversarial history on water. Colorado’s Water Plan shows us how we can move forward together to ensure we continue to enjoy sufficient supplies for our vibrant cities, productive farms and incomparable environment.” Read more...  Go to the plan...

Pilot System Water Conservation Program Reissues RFP
The Upper Colorado River Commission (UCRC) reissued 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, at least $2.75 million intended for use in the Upper Colorado River Basin, to fund the Pilot System Water Conservation Program. 

The two year pilot program is actively seeking Pre-proposals for 2016 conservation opportunities that would be voluntary, compensated, and temporary in nature.  More info...
Lake Mead 2015

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.

Groundwater Analysis Cover

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.

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 Emily LoDolce.

Discharge from Big Bend Drain

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.
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Steamboat Springs, CO

 CWCB Events

Water Availability Task Force Meeting6/22/2016 1:00 PM
CWCB Board Meeting7/20/2016 9:30 AM

 IBCC/Roundtable Events

Gunnison Roundtable 6/6/2016 4:30 PM
Metro Roundtable 6/9/2016 4:00 PM
Rio Grande Roundtable6/14/2016 2:00 PM
South Platte Roundtable 6/14/2016 4:30 PM
Arkansas Roundtable 7/13/2016 12:00 PM
Southwest Roundtable7/13/2016 3:00 PM
Yampa/White Roundtable7/13/2016 6:00 PM

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