Colorado Water Conservation Board approves $3.1 million in state water plan grants

By Larry Morandi The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) met in Salida on May 23-24, in part, to take final action on grant applications to help implement Colorado’s Water Plan (CWP). The Colorado General Assembly created the grant program in 2017, appropriating $9 million in fiscal year 2018 for projects in six categories—storage ($3 million); … Continue reading Colorado Water Conservation Board approves $3.1 million in state water plan grants

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Colorado Water Supply Planning Takes On a New Methodology

By Ana Ruiz Back in 2004, shortly after the state’s worst drought on record, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) moved forward with the first in-depth technical study of Colorado’s water supply needs and gaps. The result was the first Statewide Water Supply Initiative (SWSI), which looked not only at water requirements but also identified … Continue reading Colorado Water Supply Planning Takes On a New Methodology

Two Years In: Water plan funding for ag viability and storage

By Larry Morandi As Colorado’s Water Plan enters its third year of implementation, a new grant program run by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) is encouraging innovative projects to help meet the water plan's measurable objectives. Here are two examples that illustrate the diversity of approaches the plan supports. The water plan’s storage objective … Continue reading Two Years In: Water plan funding for ag viability and storage

Two Years In: Meeting the Goals in Colorado’s Water Plan

By Larry Morandi Colorado’s Water Plan is now more than two years old. While most of its goals may not be fully achieved until 2030 or 2050, it makes sense to assess the short-term results to gauge progress and see where adjustments might be appropriate to achieve the plan's overall objectives. To that end, the … Continue reading Two Years In: Meeting the Goals in Colorado’s Water Plan

Larimer County-Broomfield Pilot Project

With Colorado’s population growing and the constant need for water, one would think that rural farmers and landowners would be positioned against the state’s larger municipalities. However, just the opposite is true in many cases, and the recent Larimer County-Broomfield Project is the perfect example. This project is the state’s first permanent agricultural-municipal alternative transfer … Continue reading Larimer County-Broomfield Pilot Project

Statewide Water Supply Initiative Update

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) is working to update the Statewide Water Supply Initiative (SWSI), a technical analysis of water supply and demand forecasts for a wide variety of water uses across the state. The data in previous SWSI studies has informed discussions among Colorado’s nine basin roundtables, and was incorporated into Colorado’s Water … Continue reading Statewide Water Supply Initiative Update

Successful Implementation of Colorado’s Water Plan Requires a Data-Driven Mindset

Nicole Seltzer, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education's former executive director moved on last week from her position at CFWE to pursue a personal goal of spending more time enjoying Colorado's mountains. While working at CFWE, Nicole led the organization through a period of growth by doubling staffing levels, diversifying programs, and increasing the budget by over 60 percent. … Continue reading Successful Implementation of Colorado’s Water Plan Requires a Data-Driven Mindset

Expanding the Role of Reclaimed Water

One of the main resources needed by any garden, including Denver Urban Gardens' (DUG) community gardens, is water. Since 1985, DUG has been working in the Denver Metro area to create sustainable, food-producing community gardens, and today operates more than 155 gardens, with 30 of those located on the grounds of Denver Public Schools (DPS). “School … Continue reading Expanding the Role of Reclaimed Water

Colorado River District Annual Seminar Proceedings Now Available on Web

By Jim Pokrandt   Videos and speaker summaries from the Colorado River District’s Annual Seminar held in September are now online and can be found at www.coloradoriverdistrict.org. The seminar’s theme was “Colorado River Waves of the Future: Fitting the West to the River’s New Normal.” More than 200 people attended the event, held in Grand Junction. … Continue reading Colorado River District Annual Seminar Proceedings Now Available on Web