Announcements Late May

MAY 21st, 2019: Reg. 84 Stakeholder meeting (9:00 - 11:00 a.m.) | CDPHE Main Campus, Room C1A. Attend a stakeholder process regarding the use of reclaimed water to irrigate commercial and noncommercial crops. The stakeholder process runs from October 2018 through May 2019. During the process several work groups have been formed. Work groups collaborate to develop information to present to the commission during the rulemaking in October 2019. Your participation and input is encouraged. Visit the Regulation 84 stakeholder website HERE.

There are two upcoming Informational Meetings for the South Platte Regional Water Development Concept (SPRWDC) study. The SPRWDC study builds on prior planning efforts in the South Platte Basin to develop a Conceptual Future In-Basin Multipurpose Project. Each of the Informational Meetings, scheduled for May 30th and 31st, will provide attendees the same information. Topics to be presented include: a brief overview of the project history; potential benefits of a regional project; and a description of SPRWDC study schedule and deliverables. In addition, attendees will be provided a description and explanation of the type of information the project team will be seeking from potential partners.


Thursday, May 30, 2019, 10:00 am – Noon, Northern Water, 220 Water Ave., Berthoud, CO 80513. Please arrive early so you can register at the front counter


Friday, May 31, 2019, 10:00 am – Noon, Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora, CO 80012, Aurora Room - 1st Floor on South Side

THIS FLYER includes additional information about the meetings.

2019 Request for Water Process. In January, the Colorado Water Conservation Board and Colorado Water Trust opened up the second year of their Request for Water Process. The Request for Water Process streamlines and enhances an existing CWCB program that provides benefits to water right owners for using their water rights to help keep rivers and watersheds healthy. The Request for Water Process website has the details and resources to answer your questions HERE. Contact the Water Trust at (720) 570-2897 or send an email to with specific questions. The deadline for submitting preliminary water right offers is June 30th, 2019.

The following Notices of public triennial informational hearings have been posted on the commission’s website HERE.

  • "The Basic Standards for Groundwater" Regulation #41 (5 CCR 1002-41);

  • "Site-Specific Water Quality Classifications and Standards for Ground Water" Regulation #42 (5 CCR 1002-42);

  • "Dillon Reservoir Control Regulation" Regulation #71 (5 CCR 1002-71). 

  • FY2019 Section 319 nonpoint source project funding

99% of Colorado is now drought free! Just two months ago, more than half the state was in drought – but now it’s almost over. You can thank our big winter for this rapid change in fortune. Read the full article HERE.

The Environmental Protection Agency has named four areas in the Animas River basin where it plans to focus on improving water quality for aquatic life. Read the full article HERE.

San Juan Mountain Association is looking for volunteers! Are you interested in either of the following?

  • Guiding Nature Tours at Purgatory Resort

  • Becoming a Wilderness Information Specialist

Learn more HERE!

Colorado Drought Plan Visualization Story Map - The Colorado Water Conservation Board has launched an interactive dashboard displaying drought vulnerability at the state and county level based on Colorado's 2018 Drought Plan. The platform is an Esri Story Map that provides visual summaries of Colorado drought risk by sectors, using images and graphs to allow users to interact and engage with data. Find it HERE.

HB19-1264 - Conservation Easement Tax Credit Modifications has passed. The final vote in the Senate was 30-5 and the House concurrence vote was 50-14. Read more HERE.

MSI continues to work with the EPA and the Colorado DRMS to assess the type and extent of mining contamination within the Cement Creek and Animas River drainages. MSI field staff monitor draining mine sites within the Bonita Peaks Mining District on a monthly basis. Understanding the snow pack, maintaining local weather stations, monitoring stream gauges, and sampling seeps and springs in the area all contribute to understanding the interaction between groundwater, the region's complex geology, and the mining legacy of the BPMD. Learn more HERE.

Help Middle Colorado Watershed Council’s project with a 5 minute survey! The Integrated Water Management Plan (IWMP) is an on-going project-identifying plan that needs your support! Do you recreate on the river at all? Fish? Swim? Boat? Riverside picnic? Take their river users survey to begin to help quantify just how much waterways are used for recreation and enjoyment. Want to learn more about the IWMP? Visit this quick Post Independent column HERE.

Center for Health & Environmental Justice is exploring the possibility of working on a national campaign around water contamination. Several bills related to clean water have been introduced last year. These relate to testing school pipes, testing and repairing pipes within HUD housing, and testing and repairing older pipes in cities and towns that need new infrastructures. They are monitoring water related legislation that will be reintroduced this year. CHEJ would like to understand better where and what water concerns people in the network have in terms of drinking water, infrastructure and contaminated water sources. Please let them know whether or not there is a water related issue in your community, even if you are not working on it at this time.