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Confluence Newsletter
April 2021

Funding Updates in Response to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the state's budget. As a result, several grant programs managed by the Colorado Water Conservation Board have been impacted. View Budget Updates.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH...

 

 Wherever that [sports] bar is sitting, it’s probably sitting next to a stream, and that water needs to be protected. If we can build better projects together, it makes Colorado stronger. 

 
      - Russ Sands, Colorado Water Conservation Board’s Water Supply Planning Section Chief, on why sports betting revenue will support the Colorado Water Plan. Originally featured on CBS News.

GOING WITH THE FLOW...

Water Plan Grants Approved by Colorado Water Conservation Board 

During the March Colorado Water Conservation Board Meeting, 28 Colorado Water Plan grants were approved ranging across all five categories:
  • 10 Agriculture projects approved 
  • 4 Engagement & Innovation projects approved
  • 7 Environmental & Recreation projects approved
  • 5 Conservation & Land Use projects approved
  • 2 Water Storage & Supply projects approved
All applications submitted in December 2020 are available on the CWCB website.

Colorado Watershed Restoration Program Receives Special Funding Release for Wildfire Recovery Efforts

On March 21, Governor Polis signed Senate Bill 21-054 authorizing $4 million in funding for the Colorado Watershed Restoration Program for the purpose of wildfire mitigation and recovery efforts following the 2020 wildfire season. 

The Colorado Water Conservation Board, which manages the grant program, is now accepting applications on a monthly rolling basis until all funds from this special release are awarded (all grant funds must be spent by June 2022). Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to restoring ecological processes that connect land and water, a connection to direct impacts from wildfire in 2020, and collaborative approaches. Learn More

Emergency Flood Loan Completed for St. Vrain Creek and Left Hand Lake

More than seven years after the devastating floods of September 2013, the final project supported by a Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Emergency Flood Loan Program — the St. Vrain and Left Hand Lake No. 4 Repair — has been completed. 

In the immediate aftermath of the flooding, CWCB awarded more than $23 million in interest-free and no-payment bridge loans to affected water suppliers for repairing damaged infrastructure. Lake No. 4, located along the St. Vrain Creek was filled with floodwater and debris, eventually causing its embankment dam to collapse. The St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District received a loan of up to $4.5 million to repair the dam and construct a new emergency spillway to prevent damage in any similar flood event. 

The 2013 Emergency Flood Loan Program served as a model for the current Wildfire Impact Emergency Loan Program created in response to the 2020 wildfire season. The Wildfire Impact Emergency Loan Program has already authorized more than $9 million in low interest loans.

Colorado Water Conservation Board Becomes Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) Review Partner

As of March 22, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) became the newest Letter or Map Revision (LOMR) Review Partner Program member. This Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) program is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

CWCB is now one of nine CTPs nationwide who have qualified to perform technical review and processing for MT-2 map revision requests on behalf of FEMA. The program includes evaluation of, and recommendations for changes (manmade or natural) that would physically revise Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) flood risk information. Requests are based on either proposed projects [Conditional Letters of Map Revision (CLOMRs)], or final flood hazard mapping changes reflected in as-built condition LOMRs. CWCB will process the MT-2 map revision requests for Colorado (outside the Mile High Flood District). CWCB will administer the grant, manage the program, and oversee technical review and processing of the map revisions. CWCB will then make recommendations to FEMA on approval of the revision request. This partnership will support local flood hazard studies and valuable local government relationships to leverage both FEMA and CWCB information and resources.

Contacts: Terri Fead (terri.fead@state.co.us) or Marta Blanco Castaño (marta.blancocastano@state.co.us).

New Colorado Water Talk Podcast Available

On Episode 5 of the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s newly launched podcast, Andrew Rickert shares one of the coolest programs the agency offers to the state’s water and outdoor recreation community: cloud seeding to create snow. Listen Now & Subscribe

New Colorado Instream Flow and Natural Lake Level Program Rules Now Effective

On March 17, amended rules governing the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s (CWCB) Instream Flow and Natural Lake Level Program became effective. Read More

Colorado Water Conservation Board Releases Demand Management Framework, Continues Feasibility Investigation

Following nearly two years of stakeholder discussions and input from Coloradans across the state and from various sectors, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) released a draft Demand Management Framework. Read More







For information on Colorado Water Conservation Board's online payment portal for the Water Project Loan Program, contact Lauren Miremont.
SPOTLIGHT ON...
Diane Hoppe Memorial Scholarship
The Colorado Water Conservation Board will award a $2000 one-year scholarship to a Colorado high school student interested in western water issues planning to attend a public institution of higher education in Colorado.

Deadline to apply is April 15, 2021
Learn More & Apply Today

EVENTS TO RUNOFF TO…


Following state guidelines to avoid the spread of COVID-19, all events are being held virtually for the foreseen future until notified otherwise. Please visit the CWCB Public Calendar for updates. Meetings listed in Mountain Standard Time.

Upcoming Colorado Water Plan Workshops

The Colorado Water Plan Update is set to be released in 2022. To provide updates on this process and public engagement opportunities on various aspects of the Colorado Water Plan, join Colorado Water Conservation Board staff and partners at the following workshops:

Colorado Water Plan Workshop: Water Efficiency (Virtual)
Tuesday, April 6 / 1:00 - 3:00pm / Details

Colorado Water Plan Workshop: Environment & Recreation (Virtual)
Wednesday, April 7 / 8:00am - 12:30pm / Register 

Colorado Water Plan Workshop: Forest Health (Virtual)
Thursday, April 8 / 10:00am - 12:30pm / Register

Colorado Water Plan Workshop: Land Use Planning (Virtual)
Wednesday, April 14 / 1:00 - 4:00pm / Details

Colorado Water Plan Workshop: Resilient Food Systems (Virtual)
Wednesday, April 21 / 9:00 - 11:00am / Details

Colorado Water Plan Workshop: Climate Change and Agriculture (Virtual)
Wednesday, May 5 / 1:00 - 3:00pm / Details

Colorado Water Plan Workshop: Irrigation Innovation (Virtual)
Wednesday, May 26 / 9:00 - 11:00am / Details

Colorado Water Plan Riverside Chat II (Virtual)
Tuesday, June 8 / 10:00am - 12:00pm / Register
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