Colorado

2016 Legislative Updates

Listed below are the legislative updates from the Colorado Water Congress State Affairs meetings. The Board of the Southwestern Water Conservation District provides this as a service to those interested in water related legislation during the 2011 session.  We hope that you find the updates beneficial.
 
Bruce Whitehead
Executive Director


Forests-to-Faucets Story Maps Now Available!

Beginning in 2012, the Water Information Program (WIP), in conjunction with Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) and the San Jan Mountains Association (SJMA), plus financial support from the Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD), University of Colorado, and Trout Unlimited, conducted Forests-to-Faucets (F2F) teacher training workshops in the Dolores/San Juan River Basin of southwest Colorado. The goal of the workshops was to train teachers in the basin about the importance and interconnection of healthy watersheds to area water supplies. In 2012 the F2F workshop, which are two days of intensive field training, focused on the Animas River. We started at the top of the watershed in Silverton and by the end of the second day, worked our way down to the Durango water and wastewater treatment plants. The same concept was followed in 2013 on the San Juan River in Archuleta County, and 2014 on the Dolores River in Montezuma County. In 2015 the approach was changed to include a series of model, or demonstration lessons in area classrooms, and to develop web-based story maps to put the 2012 to 2014 field trainings and curriculum into a geographic context. A story map is a way of combining GIS mapping technology with photos and narrative text to create an informational story. We are pleased to announce that these story maps are now available and can be accessed though MSI’s website (www.mountainstudies.org/foreststofaucets/).


Presentations Now Available from the October 23rd Water and Land Use Planning Session (Durango, CO)

Many groups are calling for land-use planning to play a larger role in the Colorado Water Plan, emphasizing that growing cities should incorporate water conservation in their land planning decisions.


PLEASE SIGN ON-LINE PETITION!

The Animas River Stakeholders Group is trying to get citizen participation in advocating for Good Samaritan Legislation via a website Trout Unlimited has set up. Please sign the petition to finally get common-sense legislation to help clean up our rivers!


Colorado Weather Program Seeks Volunteers to Monitor Drought, Climate

Weather watchers are needed to help Colorado State monitor the ongoing drought and longer-term climate conditions. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, known as CoCoRaHS, is hoping to have at least one person per square mile recording observations along the Front Range, and as many as possible elsewhere in the state.


Water Use Audits Offered to Farmers!

Farmers consume nearly 90 percent of Colorado's water, and Colorado State University is offering ways for them to use it more efficiently. A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to CSU's Center for Agricultural Energy will pay for reduced-cost irrigation efficiency audits for growers with center pivot systems.


February 4, 2016--Durango sends letter to Colorado governor in support of Superfund (Durango Herald)

As Silverton and San Juan County officials continue struggling with the terms of Superfund designation, Mayor Dean Brookie said the city of Durango sent a letter this week to Gov.


February 3, 2016--PRID shareholders hear about State Water Plan (Pine River Times)

The final Colorado Water Plan released in November 2015 is "a significant improvement" over the first draft released in December 2014, water engineer Steve Harris told Pine River Irrigation District shareholders at the Jan.


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