Pueblo Reservoir faced releasing millions of gallons of water in April, but its fast-acting users averted a major spill

By Jerd Smith Water Education Colorado It’s a drought year, right? But back in April, Pueblo Reservoir in southeastern Colorado was so full of water it came within days of releasing the excess, also known as “spilling,” to make room for spring runoff. Spilling water is painful in a semi-arid state, in part because whomever … Continue reading Pueblo Reservoir faced releasing millions of gallons of water in April, but its fast-acting users averted a major spill

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Capitol Beat: Colorado General Assembly Adjourns

By Larry Morandi The Colorado General Assembly closed out its 2018 session on May 9. The legislature took final action on two of the six bills previously reported in this “Capitol Beat” series, passing one (SB18-218, Funding Colorado Water Conservation Board Projects) and defeating the other (HB18-1301, Water Quality Impacts of Mineral Mining). Here’s the … Continue reading Capitol Beat: Colorado General Assembly Adjourns

Jury still out: Upper Colorado River Commission wants more action from Arizona’s CAP

By Jerd Smith Water Education Colorado Whether a high-level meeting between an Arizona water agency and the four upper basin states earlier this week will help restart a critical drought contingency planning effort in the Colorado River Basin isn’t clear yet, officials said. This despite an apology from Central Arizona Project managers for publicly discussing … Continue reading Jury still out: Upper Colorado River Commission wants more action from Arizona’s CAP

Colorado eyes activating drought response plan

Program would aid hard-hit southern portions of the state By Jerd Smith, Water Education Colorado Colorado state officials will decide within the next 10 days whether to activate a drought response plan, a move designed to help farmers and towns in the ultra-dry southeastern and southwestern portions of the state. "The whole point of a … Continue reading Colorado eyes activating drought response plan

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

New Improvements for Colorado’s Instream Flow Program

By Jamie Duvall Turns out it takes more than just luck to keep water flowing through Colorado’s rivers. Colorado's instream flow program has protected streamflow conditions and provided flexible use options to water right owners for over 44 years. With its creation in 1973, the instream flow program gave the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) … Continue reading New Improvements for Colorado’s Instream Flow Program

Joe Frank, 2018 Emerging Leader Award

On Friday May 11, Water Education Colorado will celebrate water education and water leadership at its annual President's Reception. Each year, WEco honors the recent work of a Colorado professional with the Emerging Leader Award. This year, we'll recognize Joe Frank with the Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District. Join us to celebrate with friends … Continue reading Joe Frank, 2018 Emerging Leader Award

SWCD: the Weight of Water on Public Lands, with Laura Spann

Interview with a WEco Board Member By Cody Williams We spoke with Laura Spann, program coordinator for the Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD), which was created by the Colorado General Assembly to protect, conserve, use, and develop the water resources in the southwestern corner of the state. Laura oversees the district’s financial assistance program and … Continue reading SWCD: the Weight of Water on Public Lands, with Laura Spann

Capitol Beat: Water Bills Advance as Legislature Reaches Half-Way Point

By Larry Morandi As the Colorado General Assembly reaches the mid-point of its 2018 session, here’s a sample of water bills that have passed the house and are in the senate for consideration. They address aquatic nuisance species, use of reclaimed domestic wastewater, deficit irrigation and alternative transfer mechanisms, and groundwater storage and recovery. Final … Continue reading Capitol Beat: Water Bills Advance as Legislature Reaches Half-Way Point

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