Viola Bralish
303-866-3441 x3206
March 20-21, 2019 Notice & Agenda

A meeting of the CWCB will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 commencing at 9:00 AM and continuing through Thursday, March 21, 2019. The meeting will be held at the Marriott Fort Collins, located at 350 East Horsetooth Road Fort Collins, CO 80525.

There will be a tour of the Hydrology Lab at CSU’s Engineering Research Center located at 4451 La Porte Ave. Fort Collins held on March 19, 2019, beginning at 4:00p.m. If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Viola Bralish, by Friday, March 15, 2019. The public is welcome to attend but must provide their own transportation.

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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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The CWCB encourages citizens to express their views and provide feedback to the Board on the agenda items.  This can be done by sending an email to, by sending a letter to a Board member or to the Chair of the Board, or by attending the meeting.  If you attend a meeting, simply fill out a comment sheet and give it to the Board Coordinator at the recording station.  The Board will appreciate hearing your views when it reaches that agenda item.  If you have any questions, need special accommodations as a result of a disability, or require further information on any CWCB activity, please contact Viola Bralish at 303-866-3441, ext. 3206.  All programs, services, and activities of the CWCB are operated in compliance with the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:00 – 9:02 CWCB Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance
9:02 – 9:05 1.Board Appointments and Election of Officers
  1. Review and Approve Agenda
9:05 – 9:07 2. Review and Approve January 28 & 29, 2019 Board Meeting
9:07 – 9:10 3. Approve and/or Remove Consent Agenda Items
9:10 4. Board Meeting Dates in 2019
  1. May 15 & 16 Gunnison Basin
  2. July 17 & 18 Arkansas Basin
  3. September 17 - 19 Rio Grande Basin
    (includes date for Finance Meeting)
  4. November 20 & 21 Denver Metro
 9:10 – 10:10 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
10:10 – 10:30 6. City of Boulder Water Delivery Agreement from Gross
Reservoir for Instream Flow Use in South Boulder Creek (Water
Div. 1)
  Stream and Lake Protection Section
 10:30 – 10:45 7. Request for Approval of Water Conservation Program on San
Miguel River

  Stream and Lake Protection Section
10:45 – 10:55 8. Legislation Amending Section 37-83-105, C.R.S. (Temporary
Loans of Water for Instream Flow Use)
  Stream and Lake Protection Section
10:55 – 11:15 9. Financial Matter – Construction Fund and Severance Tax
Perpetual Base Fund
  Finance Section
  1. Financial Projections and Cash Management Report
  2. Sale of Chatfield Storage Space to Dominion Water and Sanitation District
11:15 – 11:30 Morning Break
11:30 – 12:15 10.Water Project Loans - Finance
  Finance Section
  1. Groundwater Management Subdistrict of Central Colorado Water Conservancy District – Pioneer Reservoir
  2. The Tunnel Water Company – West Half LaramiePoudre Tunnel Rehabilitation Project
  3. Dominion Water & Sanitation District – Chatfield
    Reallocation Project
12:15 – 12:25 11. Severance Tax Operational Fund Grants
 Finance Section
12:25 – 12:35 12. 2019 Projects Bill Update
 Finance Section
12:35 – 1:35 LUNCH
1:35 – 1:55 13. Lease of Water to Benefit Endangered Fish Recovery Program
  Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
1:55 – 2:15 14. Spring Drought and Flood Climate Report
  Watershed and Flood Protection Section
2:15 – 2:35 15. Colorado Water Plan Update
  Water Supply Planning Section
2:35 – 2:50 16.Tap-In/Innovation Item
  Water Supply Planning Section
2:50 – 2:55 17. Request for Authorization to Proceed to Trial in Case No. 17CW3037, Water Division 2 (Application of Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District)
  Stream and Lake Protection Section
2:55 – 3:00 18. Attorney General’s Report, Legal Briefing, and Executive
3:00 – 3:15 Afternoon Break
3:15 – 5:15 19. Executive Session
  1. Case No. 17CW3037 (Water Division 2), Application of Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District
  2. Poudre ISF Augmentation Plan Update
  3. Update on Discussions of Process to Recognize Claimed
    Stock Watering Uses Pursuant to Section 37-92-102(3)(b),
  4. Republican River Rules Concept
  5. Rio Grande Litigation
  6. Colorado River Issues
    1. Drought Contingency Planning
    2. Demand Management (Planning and Funding)
    3. Basin Fund MOA
    4. Animas La-Plata Association
  7. Compact Compliance Study Update
  8. Waters of the United States Litigation and Proposed Rule
  9. Case No. 15CW3148 (Water Division 1), Application of Central Colorado Water Conservancy District, the Groundwater Management Subdistrict of the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District, and the Well Augmentation Subdistrict of the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District
5:15 – 5:20 20. Report from Executive Session
Thursday, March 21, 2019
8:30 – 10:15 21. 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
10:15 – 10:25 Morning Break
10:25 – 11:40 27. Himes Creek ISF Appropriation
  Stream and Lake Protection Section
11:40 – 12:40 LUNCH
12:40– 1:50 24. WSRF Grant Applications
Basin Applicant Water Activity


South Platte
Trout Unlimited
South Boulder Creek Stream Management Plan, Phase I


South Platte
Colorado Corn
Historical Analysis of South Platte River Salinity to Identify Severity, Trends, and Potential Sources


South Platte Big Thompson Watershed Coalition
Big Thompson River Envisioning Project


Gunnison Delta Brick & Climate Company
Chemical Water Production via Methane Mitigation


Gunnison Western Slope Conservation Center Integrated Water Management in the North Fork Gunnison River Phase 2


Gunnison Trout Unlimited/Gunnison Angling Society
Cottonwood Pass Day Use Area Vault Toilet Project


Gunnison Overland Ditch and Reservoir Company
Overland Reservoir, Construct Reservoir Level Gauge


Gunnison Trout Unlimited
Wilbur Ditch Diversion Improvement Project


Gunnison Leroux Creek Water Users Association
Leroux Creek Reservoir System, Dam Outlet Rehabilitation


Gunnison Turner Ditch Company
Turner Lone Cabin Ditch Combination Salinity Reduction Project


North Platte Ducks Unlimited
North Park Irrigated Meadows Conservation Program – Phase 2


Yampa-White-Green Basin Roundtable/Colorado River Water Conservation District
Yampa River Basin Integrated Water Management Project


Colorado Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners Robinson Ditch Diversion Modification


Southwest Animas Consolidated Ditch Company Water Supply/Watershed Restoration


Southwest Valley Floor Preservation Partners Telluride Valley Floor River Restoration Phase Two


Southwest Southwest Basin Roundtable/San Juan Resource Conservation and Development Council San Miguel Stream Management Plan: Stakeholder Engagement Process


Southwest 416-Fire Aquatic Monitoring Research Group/Mountain Studies Institute 416-Fire Aquatic Monitoring


Southwest Town of Silverton Town of Silverton Water Supply/Storage Investigation


Southwest Forests to Faucets/Mountain Studies Institute Forests to Faucets (F2F): My Water Comes from the San Juan


Arkansas Catlin Canal Company Water Delivery & Accounting Feasibility Study


Arkansas Huerfano County Water Conservancy District Cucharas Collaborative Storage Phase 3
1:50 – 2:10 22. Colorado River Basin Fund MOA
  Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
2:10 – 2:20 23. Technical Assistance for Federal Cost-Share (TAFC) Program
  Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
2:20 – 2:30
25. Public Comment on 2019 Instream Flow Approprations in Water Divisions 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7
  Stream and Lake Protection Section
2:30 – 2:40 26. Notice of Instream Flow Recommendations for 2020
  Stream and Lake Protection Section
2:40 – 2:50 Afternoon Break
2:50 – 3:35 28. Colorado River Drought Contingency Planning and Demand Management
  Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
3:35 – 3:50
29. Glenwood Springs RICD
  Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
3:50 – 4:20 30. Colorado Springs Utilities Fallowing-Leasing Pilot Project Proposal
  Interstate, Federal, and Water Information Section
4:20 - 4:25 31. Request for Authorization to Proceed to Trial in Case No. 15CW3148 (Water Division 1) (Application of Central Colorado Water Conservancy District, the Groundwater Management Subdistrict of the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District, and the Well Augmentation Subdistrict of the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District)
  Stream and Lake Protection Section

CWCB Consent Agenda
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. 18CW3193 (Water Division 1): Application of City of Loveland
  2. Case No. 18CW3195 (Water Division 1): Application of The City of Brighton
  3. Case No. 18CW3211 (Water Division 1): Application of The Evans Ranch Preservation Association and Mountain Mutual Reservoir Company
  4. Case No. 18CW3218 (Water Division 1): Application of The City of Aurora
  5. Case No. 18CW3219 (Water Division 1): Application of The City of Aurora
  6. Case No. 18CW3220 (Water Division 1): Application of The City of Aurora
  7. Case No. 18CW3230 (Water Division 1): Application of The Consolidated Mutual Water Company
  8. Case No. 18CW3239 (Water Division 1): Application of Benjamin Wolin & Jennifer Rhodes
  9. Case No. 18CW0011 (Water Division 2): Application of Gold Basin Mine, LLC
  10. Case No. 18CW3076 (Water Division 2): Application of Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District
  11. Case No. 18CW3077 (Water Division 2): Application of Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife
  12. Case No. 18CW3017 (Water Division 3): Application of United States – Bureau of Land Management
  13. Case No. 18CW0051 (Water Division 4): Application of Robert K. Robbins
  14. Case No. 18CW3064 (Water Division 4): Application of Double RL Company
  15. Case No. 18CW3065 (Water Division 4): Application of Double RL Company
  16. Case No. 18CW3199 (Water Division 5): Application of William Powell
  17. Case No. 18CW3211 (Water Division 5): Application of Sunny Ranch, LLC
  18. Case No. 18CW3223 (Water Division 5): Application of Winter Park Recreational Association
  19. Case No. 18CW3050 (Water Division 6): Application of Frank Vesely Revocable Trust
  20. Case No. 18CW3051 (Water Division 7): Application of Bootjack Ranch, LLC
  21. Case No. 18CW3052 (Water Division 7): Application of Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company
  22. Case No. 18CW3054 (Water Division 7): Application of Troy R. Hall

2. FloodPlain Designation
  Flood Section

  1. Flood Hazard Area Delineation, Sloan’s Lake Drainage Way and Tributaries, by Matrix Design Group, dated July 2018