Leaders Across the 9 Colorado Basins Collaborate on Water Plan in Winter Park
On September 25 – 26, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) hosted a statewide summit of Colorado’s nine basin roundtables (the C-9 Summit) at the Headwaters Center in Winter Park, which brought together over 200 water stakeholders to discuss the process for updating each basins’ implementation plans and, ultimately, the Colorado Water Plan.

CWCB recently released the Analysis and Technical Update to the Colorado Water Plan (Technical Update), which includes state of the art approaches to analyzing state water needs and includes impacts from climate change. The C-9 Summit provided a forum for sharing Technical Update findings and highlighting key goals for the upcoming Basin Implementation Plans.
Prior to the panel presentations and discussions, the CWCB organized three water project tours for attendees, which featured Fraser River enhancements, watershed health research in the Experimental Forest, and an innovative education and outreach exhibit called the Headwaters Center River Journey.
Additionally, the C-9 Summit served as a platform to present Basin Water Hero Awards to peer-nominated individuals who have shown continued commitment for water initiatives in their basins. Congratulations to the following winners:
Arkansas: Chelsey Nutter
Colorado: Paul Bruchez
Gunnison: Julie Nania
Metro: Emily Hunt
North Platte: Kent Crowder
Rio Grande: Emma Reesor
South Platte: Mike Shimmin
Southwest: Mike Preston
Yampa-White-Green: Jackie Brown
James W. Broderick Hydropower Plant
The Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District recently celebrated the opening of the James Broderick Hydropower Plant at the Pueblo Dam, which was completed in May.  

The Plant will use water from the Pueblo Reservoir to create energy for the City of Fountain and Fort Carson. Water flows used in the hydro-generation will be returned to the Arkansas River without any flow reduction, creating a long-term, renewable energy solution.

CWCB Director Becky Mitchell joined the opening ceremony. "The Colorado Water Conservation Board looks forward to working with other communities on finding ways to utilize their water productively and sustainably for the future through programs that we have to offer," said Mitchell.

The project was financed through a CWCB low-interest loan.
Low Interest Water Project Loans Are Here
Interest rates continue to surprise, dropping to the lowest rates in the history of the Water Project Loan Program. If you have a water supply project that’s been planned for years, but thought you couldn’t afford it, maybe now is the time to act. With interest rates for the program starting as low as 1.45%, this is the best time to finance new construction or rehabilitation of your raw water infrastructure.

Current interest rates can also bring big projects within reach. For agriculture projects, the annual payment on a $1 million, 30-year loan at current rates is less than $42,000 a year. For municipal projects of the same size, the annual payment could be as low as $45,000 a year. And if that isn’t good enough, there are rate reductions for 10 or 20-year loans that could reduce the interest rate by as much as 0.65%!

For more information please visit or call Matt Stearns at 303-866-3441 x3257 to discuss your needs.
Managing Colorado's Water Resources with LiDAR

LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a scientific data source that uses light pulsations to measure distances and elevation.  It is helpful when measuring topographic sources because of its capability to map the Earth beneath vegetation. Colorado Water Conservation Board 

Several environmental agencies utilize this technology to map Colorado floodplains, which allow them to predict potential hazard sites statewide.  This hazard analysis provides beneficial terrain data when developing in areas that may be at a high risk for flooding.  Included is an article on the efforts the Colorado Water Conservation Board has done for LiDAR acquisitions in Colorado.
Join the Free Colorado Water Loss Initiative
There is still time to sign up for the Stage 2 Session!

Sign up for a Stage 2 session currently underway through the month of October 2019.  The Stage 2 session will give your utility the chance to discuss water loss practices and opportunities specific to your system with a water loss expert. 

The Colorado Water Loss Initiative (CWLI) is a 4-stage program developed by the Colorado Water Conservation Board to train water suppliers on the cutting-edge practices for water loss and revenue recovery. This technical assistance program is being offered at NO COST to your utility, and will run from Spring 2019 to Summer 2020. Join more than 115 systems in Colorado that have already signed up to learn how to reduce costs and increase revenue!

The first step is to simply register at

From there, you will receive information on signing up for the Stage 2 session. Regardless of whether you attended Stage 1, you can still sign up for Stage 2.
Informational webcasts have also been posted to the program website:  


Cole Bedford is a new Project Manager for the Finance Section.  He will be responsible for analyzing water project loan applications and feasibility studies for recommendation to the CWCB Board primarily in the South Platte basin.  Prior to joining CWCB, Cole was a water resources engineer with Bohannan Huston Engineering designing and managing municipal water supply projects.  Before that, he served in the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan where he met his fiance Emily.  Cole received a bachelor's in civil engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and a master's in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University.
Sara Leonard joined the Colorado Water Conservation Board as the Marketing and Communications Director in September. This new role will oversee and implement strategies for promoting the CWCB’s overall brand – including the growth of programs and policies that complement the Colorado Water Plan – to media, water stakeholders, and the public.

Sara was previously the Policy and Communications Manager at the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, a non-profit organization focusing on fish and wildlife (including hunting and fishing) conservation policy. She received her M.A. in Strategic Communication from American University in Washington, DC, and her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Atmospheric/Oceanic Science from the University of Colorado – Boulder.
Amy Ostdiek is the new Deputy Chief of the Federal, Interstate, & Water Information Section. Amy's work focuses on federal and interstate water policy, particularly in the Colorado River Basin. She will help facilitate the Demand Management feasibility investigation, assist in renegotiation of the 2007 Interim Guidelines on the Colorado River, and serve as point person on various other Colorado River issues. Before joining CWCB, Amy was an Assistant Attorney General in the Colorado River Unit at the Colorado Attorney General's Office. She received her undergraduate decree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (go Huskers!) and her law degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Alana Holdren is the new Administrative Assistant for the Administration/Operations section. For two seasons she worked with Colorado Parks and Wildlife coordinating educational programs and volunteer events with Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO). In addition, she served as a support technician with Esoterix Coagulation working alongside microbiologists, assisting with clinical trial testing and documentation. Alana has a degree from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in biology and and environmental science.
Diane Hoppe Scholarship Award
The Colorado Water Conservation Board administers the Diane Hoppe Memorial Scholarship, which is a $2,000 one-year scholarship for a Colorado high school student interested in western water issues planning to attend a public institution of higher education in Colorado. Diane Hoppe was appointed to the CWCB as the South Platte Basin representative in 2012, and she was elected chairwoman of the board in 2015. Diane passed away on February 27, 2016. Her family worked with the Colorado Water Conservation Board to establish this scholarship in her honor. 
Students who will be graduating from high school in the spring of 2020 and are planning to attend a trade school, technical school, community college, or a four-year accredited college in the United States are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Applications must be postmarked by March 16th, 2020 to be considered. Find more information here.
The 30th Annual South Platte Forum
October 23rd-24th, 2019 /  Westminster

The 30th anniversary conference will feature expert speakers and exhibitions about Colorado's water.  The conference has a new location at The Westin in Westminster, CO.  Register for this event here.
11th Annual Conservation Symposium
October 30th, 2019 / 8:15-3:00 PM / Denver

Colorado WaterWise will host the 11th Annual Conservation Symposium at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Topics will include: water, climate, drought, and planning for the future. Register for this event here.
Cherry Creek Watershed 21st Annual Conference
November 6th, 2019 / 7 AM / Parker

Presented by the Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners, the Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority, and the Southeast Metro Stormwater Authority. Topics will include: stream reclamation, Colorado reservoirs, updates on historical landmarks, and water stewardship information.  Learn more about this event here.
9th Annual Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum: Tools for Adaptation
November 13th-14th, 2019 / Grand Junction

The 2019 Forum will seek to promote dialogue between scholars, policy makers and water users on how to address the water challenges facing the Upper Colorado River Basin.  The audience is comprised of water and river professionals, scholars and stakeholders from a wide spectrum of disciplines with a common interest in the Upper Colorado River Basin. Register or learn more about this event here.
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