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

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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

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

Capitol Beat: Legislature Considers Alternatives to Buy and Dry

By Larry Morandi The Colorado General Assembly is considering a bill that would explore “deficit irrigation” as an alternative transfer mechanism (ATM). ATMs look at alternatives to the acquisition of agricultural water rights and their permanent transfer to other uses. Deficit irrigation is a strategy that applies less water than necessary to meet a crop’s … Continue reading Capitol Beat: Legislature Considers Alternatives to Buy and Dry

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