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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

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

Colorado Climate Plan Cover Colorado Climate Plan Released
Gov. John Hickenlooper, business and industry leaders and department directors have released the Colorado Climate Plan, a statewide strategy of policy recommendations and actions to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and to increase Colorado’s level of preparedness. The Colorado Climate Plan focuses on seven main sectors including water, public health, energy, transportation, agriculture, tourism and recreation, and ecosystems. Moving forward, the Colorado Climate Plan will serve as a roadmap for state agencies to confront some of the worst effects of climate change and identify priority actions.  The state will work to ensure the plan complements other relevant efforts, including the EPA’s recently finalized Clean Power Plan, the Climate Change in Colorado Report, and the Colorado Climate Change Vulnerability Study.  Read more...

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

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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