Andrew Rickert
303-866-3441 x3249
March 21-22, 2018 Notice & Agenda

A meeting of the CWCB will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 commencing at 8:30 AM and continuing through Thursday, March 22, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Located at 305 Interlocken Pkwy, Broomfield, CO 80021.

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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, 2018

8:30 – 8:32 CWCB Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance
8:32 – 8:35 1. Board Appointments and Election of Officers
  1. Review and Approve Agenda
8:35 – 8:37 2. Review and Approve January 22 - 23, 2018 Board Meeting Minutes
8:37 – 8:40 3. Approve and/or Remove Consent Agenda Items
8:40 – 8:43 4. Board Meeting Dates in 2018
  1. May 23 & 24               Salida
  2. July 18 & 19               Colorado Mainstem Basin
  3. September 18 - 20      Steamboat
  4. November 14 & 15      South Platte Basin
8:43 – 9:30 5. 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 
9:30 – 9:40 6. Financial Matters – Construction Fund and Severance Tax Perpetual Base Fund
    Finance Section  
  1. Financial Projections and Cash Management Report 
9:40 – 10:10 7. Water Project Loans/Grants
    Finance Section 
  1. San Luis Valley Irrigation District – Rio Grande Reservoir Rehabilitation 
  2. Trinchera Irrigation Company – Mountain Home Dam Outlet Works Rehabilitation 
10:10 – 10:20 8. Water Plan Financial Policy
10:20 – 10:30 BREAK
10:30 – 10:45 9. Dredging Grants
    Finance Section
  1. Town of Georgetown – Dredging of Georgetown Lake 
10:45 – 11:10 10. Changes to Existing Loans
     Finance Section
  1. Corsentino Dairy Farms, Inc. – Holita Dam Rehabilitation 
  2. Tunnel Water Company – Laramie-Poudre Tunnel Rehabilitation Project
11:10 – 11:35 11. Spring Climate Outlook
      Watershed and Flood Protection Section & Sr. Climate Change Specialist
11:35 – 11:45 12. Colorado’s Water Plan Implementation Update
      Watershed and Flood Protection Section
11:45 – 11:55 13. Public Comment on 2018 Instream Flow Appropriations in Water Divisions 3, 4, 5, and 6
     Stream and Lake Protection Section
11:55 – 12:05 14. Update on Himes Creek Instream Flow Recommendation in Water Division 7
     Stream and Lake Protection Section
12:05 – 12:25 15. Notice of Instream Flow Recommendations for 2019
     Stream and Lake Protection Section
12:25 – 1:25 LUNCH
1:25 – 1:45 16. Funding for Temporary Lease of Water for Instream Flow Use on Tomichi Creek (Water Division 4)
     Stream and Lake Protection Section
1:45 – 2:00 17. Wild and Scenic Rivers Fund Terms and Conditions
      Interstate, Federal & Water Information Section & Stream and Lake Protection Section
2:00 – 3:00 18. West Slope Basin Roundtables’ Risk Study
      Interstate, Federal & Water Information Section
3:00– 3:10 19. Request for Authorization to Proceed to Trial (to defend CWCB stipulation if necessary)
     Stream and Lake Protection Section
  1. Case No. 15CW3005, Water Division 2 (Application of Park Center Water District)
  2. Case Nos. 14CW3097 and 3098, Water Division 5 (Application of Byers Peak Downhill Properties LLC and Byers Peak Properties LLC) 
3:10 – 3:15 20. Attorney General’s Report, Legal Briefing, and Executive Session
3:15 – 3:25 BREAK
3:25 - 4:40 21. Executive Session
  1. Case No. 16CW3090, Water Division 5 (Application of Powderhorn Ski Company, LLC)
  2. Case No. 15CW3111, Water Division 4 (Application of Colorado Water Conservation Board on Dolores River)
  3. Draft Legislation 
  4. Colorado River Issues
    1. Drought Contingency Planning
    2. Compact Compliance
    3. Consumptive Use
    4. Litigation Funding for FY 2019
  5. Rio Grande
    1. Groundwater Rules Litigation
    2. US Supreme Court Litigation – Texas v. NM and CO
  6. Republican River Settlement Negotiations
  7. Arkansas River Compact Administration
  8. Dam Safety Matters
4:40– 4:45 22. Report from Executive Session
4:45 – 5;00 23. 2018 Projects Bill
     Finance Section
Thursday, March 22, 2018
8:45 – 10:00 24. 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 BREAK
10:10 – 12:30  25. Water Supply Reserve Fund (WSRF)
     Water Supply and Planning Section
Basin Applicant Water Activity


Gunnison Redlands Water and Power Company  Pump Plant Modernization Feasibility Study


Gunnison Ouray County  Upper Uncompaghre Stream Management Plan


Gunnison Diane Martin  Tornay Highline Diversion Improvement


Gunnison Trout Unlimited  Tomichi Water Conservation Project


North Platte Owl Mountain Partnership  Jackson County Water Structure Improvement Project


South Platte  St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District  St. Vrain & Left Hand Stream Management Plan


South Platte Lost Creek Groundwater Management District  Lost Creek Designated Basin Instrumentation Project


South Platte  Ducks Unlimited, Inc.  BOR - Narrows Tracts: Shallow Water Wetland Enhancements and Recharge Development


Arkansas Lakeside Estes HOA  Ice Lake Preservation & Augmentation Project


Arkansas  Parkville Water District  Mountain Lake Spillway Rebuild


Arkansas  Huerfano County Water Conservancy District  Cucharas Collaborative Storage Study - Geotechnical Investigation


Arkansas  Town of Poncha Springs  Poncha Springs Water Infrastructure Improvement Project - Well Development


Arkansas  Town of Walsh  Municipal Water Well Feasibility and Evaluation


Colorado  Eagle River Watershed Council  Eagle River Integrated Water Management Plan (ER-IWMP)


Colorado  Middle Colorado Watershed Council  Middle Colorado Integrated Water Management Plan


Colorado  Town of Carbondale  Crystal River Restoration and Weaver Ditch Efficiency Project


Metro  Aurora Water, Denver Water & WISE Authority  Regional Investigation of Salinity Management Options


Metro  Peak Spatial Enterprises/ Chambers Econ and Analytics  Water Information / Real Estate Water Disclosure Site


Metro  Littleton/Englewood Wastewater Treatment Facility  SWIFT2 - South Platte Watershed One Water Infrastructure Sharing Initiative


Rio Grande Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust  Paulson Conservation Easement


Rio Grande  Conejos Water Conservancy District  Conejos Diversions: Richfield to Conconco


Rio Grande  Trout Unlimited  Spruce Lakes Wilderness Reservoir Maintenance Project


Rio Grande  Colorado Open Lands  Anderson Lazy EA Conservation Easement


Rio Grande  Mineral County Fairgrounds Association  Development of Irrigation Water Right


Southwest  Mountain Studies Institute  Stream Management Plan, Upper San Juan River Basin


Southwest  Town of Rico  Water Systems Analysis


Southwest  Ducks Unlimited  Sambrito Wetlands


Southwest  Town of Ignacio  Irrigation Utility Improvements Project


Southwest  Florida Consolidated Ditch Company  Florida Canal Diversion Structure Rehabilitation Project, Phase I


Southwest  Animas Air Park Property Owners Association  Animas Airpark Water Distribution System
12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH
1:30 – 1:40 26. Water Plan Grants – Overview
1:40 –1:50 27. Water Plan Grants – Agriculture (Initial Review)
  1. Fire Mountain Canal & Reservoir Company – Automation, Remote Monitoring, & SCADA to improve System Efficiency
  2. Florida Consolidated Ditch Company - Florida Canal Structure Rehabilitation Project: Phase 2
  3. San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District - Rio Grande Basin Soil Moisture Pilot Project
  4. Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative – Arkansas Basin Project Implementation Guide to Watershed Health
1:50 – 1:55 28. Water Plan Grants – Storage (Initial Review)
  1. Ogilvy Irrigating and Land Company – Seeley Reservoir Dredging
1:55 – 2:05 

29.   Water Plan Grants – Supply Demand/Gap (Initial Review)

  1. Town of Castle Rock - Plum Creek Water Purification Facility Advanced Treatment Project
  2. Pikes Peak Regional Water Authority - El Paso County Groundwater Depletions: Project Implementation Strategies to Meet the Supply & Demand Gap
 2:05 – 2:20 30. Water Plan Grants – Environmental & Recreation (Initial Review)
  1. Mountain Studies Institute - Animas River Removal and Replacement of Invasive Phreatophytes, Phase II
  2. Rio Grande Watershed Emergency Action CoordinationTeam (RWEACT) - Upper Rio Grande Environmental Restoration and Recreation Infrastructure Improvements
  3. City of Steamboat Springs - Fish Creek Critical Community Watershed Wildfire Protection Plan
  4. Florida Consolidated Ditch - Florida Canal Diversion Structure Rehabilitation Project: Phase 2 
 2:20 – 2:35 31. Water Plan Grants – Water Conservation and Land Use (Initial Review)
  1. Babbitt Center for Land & Water Policy, Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources - Guidance to Covered Entities for Land Use Planning Components of Water Efficiency Plans
  2. Green Mountain Water & Sanitation District - Customer Engagement & Analytics Tool
  3. The Meadows Neighborhood Company - Targeted, Integrated Irrigation Efficiency Improvements and Mgmt and Turf Conversion for Reduced Water Use
  4. Year One, Inc. dba Mile High Youth Corps - Energy and Water Conservation Program
  5. Sonoran Institute - Colorado Growing Water Smart
  6. Western Resource Advocates (WRA) - Best Practices for Water Meter Retrofit Projects Financed by State Performance Contracts in CO
  7. Western Resource Advocates (WRA) - Conservation Oriented Tap Fees: Guide and Workshop
2:35 – 2:45 32. Water Plan Grants – Engagement & Innovation (Initial Review)
  1. The Greenway Foundation - Clean River Design Challenge
  2. Water Education Colorado - Design and Build Statewide, Data-Based Strategic Water Education Action Plan and Associated Tools
  3. Left Hand Watershed Oversight Group - Stewardship Through Community Science
  4. Denver South Transportation Management Association - InfraRed Plant Stress Monitoring Pilot
  5. Sangre de Cristo Acequia Association - Preserving the Hispano Water Culture Curriculum

CWCB Consent Agenda March 2018
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. 16CW3160 (Water Division 1): Application of City of Boulder
    2. Case No. 17CW3195 (Water Division 1): Application of City of Boulder
    3. Case No. 17CW3203 (Water Division 1): Application of The Alice Springs Land & Cattle Company, LLC
    4. Case No. 17CW3205 (Water Division 1): Application of City of Aurora
    5. Case No. 17CW3210 (Water Division 1): Application of City of Arvada
    6. Case No. 17CW3212 (Water Division 1): Application of City of Lafayette and City of Boulder
    7. Case No. 17CW3217 (Water Division 1): Application of Evergreen Metropolitan District
    8. Case No. 17CW3083 (Water Division 4): Application of Ellen F. Price Trust and Joseph B. Price Trust
    9. Case No. 17CW3245 (Water Division 5): Application of Abundant Acres LLC 
    10. Case No. 17CW3248 (Water Division 5): Application of Town of Gypsum
    11. Case No. 17CW3249 (Water Division 5): Application of CJC Properties Limited Partnership; Eagle River Water & Sanitation  District
    12. Case No. 17CW3258 (Water Division 5): Application of Snowmass Water and Sanitation District
    13. Case No. 17CW3042 (Water Division 6): Application of City of Steamboat Springs
    14. Case No. 17CW3043 (Water Division 6): Application of City of Steamboat Springs
    15. Case No. 17CW3045 (Water Division 6): Application of TerraCarta Energy Resources, LLC
  2. New Prequalification Loans:
    Finance Section
    1. Ogilvy Irrigating and Land Company – Seeley Reservoir Dredging

  3. Water Plan Grant Modifications

    1. St. Charles Mesa Water District – Long-Term Potable Water Supply to the Zinno Subdivision
    2. Colorado River Water Conservation District – Fire Mountain Canal Regulating Reservoir