Andrew Rickert
303-866-3441 x3249
March 2017 Notice & Agenda

A meeting of the CWCB will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 commencing at 9:15 AM and continuing through Thursday, March 23, 2016. The meeting will be held at the Greeley Guest House, located at 5401 West 9th Street, Greeley, CO 80634.

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Although dates and times are indicated in this notice and in the following agenda, the CWCB may address and take action on noticed items in any order.  Any known changes to the agenda will be announced at the beginning of the meeting.  This notice, any late notice(s) of additional items, and briefing memos prepared for the CWCB will be posted at 1313 Sherman Street, Suite 721, Denver, CO  80203, and on our website at

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

9:15 – 9:17  CWCB Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance
9:17 – 9:34  1. Board Appointments and Election of Officers
9:34 – 9:36  2. Review and Approve Agenda
9:36 – 9:40  3. Review and Approve January 23 - 24, 2017 Board Meeting Minutes
9:40 – 9:42  4. Approve and/or Remove Consent Agenda Items
9:42 – 9:45  5. Future Board Meeting Dates in 2017
  1. May 17 & 18                Pagosa Springs
  2. July 19 & 20                Crested Butte
  3. September 19 – 21       Walden
  4. November 16 & 17        Denver
9:45 – 10:35  6. Directors’ Reports
  1. DNR Executive Director
  2. IBCC Director
  3. Agriculture Commissioner
  4. CWCB Director
  5. State Engineer
  6. Division of Parks and Wildlife Director
  7. Water Resource and Power Development Authority
10:35 –10:45  BREAK
10:45 – 11:00 7. South Platte River Easement Request – Stormwater Piping Project, City of Englewood
  Watershed and Flood Protection Section
11:00 – 11:15 8. Colorado Hazard Mapping Program Coordination Efforts
Watershed and Flood Protection Section
11:15 – 11:45

9. Floodplain Designation, “Hydrologic Analysis of Fall River, Upper Big Thompson River, Black Canyon Creek & Dry Gulch, Estes Park, Colorado,” by Wright Water Engineers, Inc
Watershed and Flood Protection Section

11:45 – 12:30 10. Colorado’s Water Plan and Statewide Water Supply Initiative (SWSI) Update
Water Supply and Planning Section
12:30 – 1:30  LUNCH
1:30 – 1:45  11. 2017 Water Projects Bill Update
         Finance Section
1:45 – 2:05  12. Open Water Foundation – Progress Update on CWCB Data and Visualization Products
Water Supply and Planning Section
2:05 – 2:15  13. Reservoir Dredging Grants
Finance Section
  1. Jackson Lake Reservoir and Irrigation Company – Jackson Lake Dredging Feasibility Study
2:15 – 2:25  14. City of Greeley – Water Budget Program
2:25 – 2:28  15. Attorney General’s Report, Legal Briefing, and Executive Session
2:28 – 2:35  BREAK
2:35 – 4:40 16(i). Executive Session
  1. Case No. 15CW3111, Water Division 4 (Application of Colorado Water Conservation Board in Dolores River)
  2. Instream Flow Acquisition Tools
  3. Bear Creek Lake
  4. Rio Grande: First report of the Special Master
  5. Colorado River Issues
    • Drought Contingency Planning in the Upper and Lower Basins
    • Minute 32X
    • System Conservation Pilot Program
  6. Colorado River Compact Compliance
  7. Personnel Matters 
4:40 - 4:45 16(ii). Report from Executive Session
4:45 - 5:15

17. Board Discussion of Agenda Item 24(l): Basin Roundtable Technical Study on Colorado River Risk Response Options
    For Discussion Only


Thursday, March 23, 2017

9:00 – 10:00   18. Basin Directors’ Reports
  1. Colorado River (Mainstem) Basin Director’s Report
  2. San Juan/San Miguel-Dolores River Basin Director’s Report
  3. Gunnison River Basin Director’s Report
  4. North Platte River Basin Director’s Report
  5. South Platte River Basin Director’s Report
  6. Arkansas River Basin Director’s Report
  7. City and County of Denver Director’s Report
  8. Rio Grande River Basin Director’s Report
  9. Yampa-White River Basin Director’s Report
10:00 – 10:10  19. Public Comment on 2017 Instream Flow and Natural Lake Level Recommendations in Water Divisions 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6
Stream and Lake Protection Section
10:10 – 10:40 20. 2017 Instream Flow Recommendations in Water Division 7
Stream and Lake Protection Section
10:40 – 10:50 BREAK
10:50 – 11:00   21. Notice of Instream Flow and Natural Lake Level Recommendations for 2018 
Stream and Lake Protection Section
11:00 – 11:15 22. Colorado Water Trust Annual Update
Stream and Lake Protection Section
11:15 – 11:35  23. Ruedi Lease Renewal
Stream and Lake Protection Section
11:35 – 12:35   24. Water Supply Reserve Fund (WSRF)
Water Supply and Planning Section
Basin Applicant Water Activity


Arkansas Arkansas River Basin Water Forum Implementing the Education & Outreach Goals of the ArkBIP through Education To Action Projects/Programs over a 3-year Period


Arkansas Colorado Water Protection and Development Association & Catlin
Augmentation Association
Catlin Canal Recharge Pond Demonstration


Colorado John McConnell Math and Science Center Advancing K-12 Water Education in Western


Colorado Trout Unlimited & Buckhorn Valley
Metropolitan District #1
Abrams Creek Cutthroat Trout Project


Colorado Grand Valley Water Users Association Grand Valley Roller Dam Rehabilitation Phase
2 Master Plan


Southwest Town of Norwood Raw Water System


Southwest Montezuma County McElmo Flume - Rehabilitation of Wooden


Southwest Northstar Horse Rescue Little Blanco Highline Ditch Renovation


South Platte Ducks Unlimited Peterson Bend Farm Recharge Project


South Platte Colorado School of Mines Designing River Basin Storage Along the
Lower South Platte River


Yampa/White/Green Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District White River Storage Project - Phase 2 Study
12:35 – 1:35 LUNCH
1:35 – 2:20 24. WSRF Continued
Basin Applicant Water Activity


Colorado River Water Conservation District Basin Roundtable Technical Study on
Colorado River Risk Response Options
2:20 – 2:45  25. Spring Climate Outlook
 Watershed and Flood Protection Section & Sr. Climate Change Specialist
2:45 – 3:05 26. HB15-1178 Emergency Dewatering Grant Fund Update
Interstate, Federal, & Water Information Section
3:05 – 3:15 27. Financial Matters – Construction Fund and Severance Tax Perpetual Base Fund
Finance Section
  1. Financial Projections and Cash Management Report
3:15 – 3:25 BREAK
3:25 – 3:55 28. Water Project Loans
Finance Section
  1. North Poudre Irrigation Company – Mountain Supply Reservoir No. 10 Repairs
  2. Town Of Wiggins – Wiggins Recharge Facility at Glassey Farms
3:55 – 4:05 29. Change to Existing Loans
Finance Section
  1. Big Elk Meadows Association – Emergency Raw Water Storage Reconstruction
4:05 – 4:15 30. Aquatic Nuisance Species Program Funding Update 
Interstate, Federal, & Water Information Section
4:15 – 5:15 31. Severance Tax Operational Fund Grants
Finance Section
5:15 – 5:30 32. BLM Royal Gorge Field Office Draft Wild and Scenic River Suitability Report
Stream and Lake Protection Section & Interstate, Federal, & Water Information Section

CWCB Consent Agenda March 22 - 23, 2017

Matters may be placed on the Consent Agenda when the recommended action follows established policy or precedent, there has been a negotiated settlement, or the matter is uncontested and non-controversial.  Staff provides memos to CWCB members explaining the matters on the Consent Agenda. Matters on the Consent Agenda are noticed for hearing in the same manner as other agenda items.  If a member of the CWCB requests further consideration of an item on the Consent Agenda, the item will be withdrawn from the Consent Agenda and discussed at the end of the meeting or at the next meeting.  The Consent Agenda may be voted on without reading or discussing individual items.  Any CWCB member may request clarification about any matter on the Consent Agenda.

1. Statements of Opposition    
Stream & Lake Protection Section
The Board will be asked to ratify Statements of Opposition that have been filed by staff to protect instream flow and natural lake level water rights and to protect CWCB’s exclusive authority to hold instream flow water rights in the following water court cases:
  1. Case No. 16CW3193, Water Division 1, Application of USA - Bureau of Reclamation 
  2. Case No. 16CW3076, Water Division 2, Application of Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District
  3. Case No. 16CW3079, Water Division 2, Application of Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District
  4. Case No. 16CW0027, Water Division 2, Application of Music Meadows LLC
  5. Case No. 16CW3101, Water Division 2, Application of Town of Buena Vista
  6. Case No. 16CW3103, Water Division 2, Application of Pueblo Board of Water Works
  7. Case No. 16CW3022, Water Division 3, Application of Town of Del Norte
  8. Case No. 16CW3024, Water Division 3, Application of City of Monte Vista
  9. Case No. 16CW3085, Water Division 4, Application of Town of Crested Butte
  10. Case No. 16CW3086, Water Division 4, Application of Town of Crested Butte
  11. Case No. 16CW3097, Water Division 4, Application of Moonrise Enterprise, LLC
  12. Case No. 16CW3144, Water Division 5, Application of Vail Summit Resorts, Inc.
  13. Case No. 16CW3164, Water Division 5, Application of Redstone Water & Sanitation District
  14. Case No. 16CW3169, Water Division 5, Application of Powdr - Copper Mountain LLC
  15. Case No. 16CW3177, Water Division 5, Application of Crawford Properties, LLC
  16. Case No. 16CW3181, Water Division 5, Application of Juniper Family Investment, LLC
  17. Case No. 16CW3182, Water Division 5, Application of Eagle Springs Golf Club
  18. Case No. 16CW3039, Water Division 6, Application of Donald Lee Johnson
  19. Case No. 16CW3042, Water Division 6, Application of Elk Creek Ranch Owners Association
  20. Case No. 16CW3055, Water Division 7, Application of Charles L. Mooney