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Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District
September 21, 2012--Weather, not water use, crucial factor in future water supply (Pueblo Chieftain)
A change in the climate more likely would cause a crisis on the Colorado River than more development of the rivers waters by Colorado, a consultant said. For years, water use in California, Arizona and Nevada has pushed the limits of the 1922 Colorado River Compact.
Colorado Water Congress is fighting a pair of initiatives because they could cause chaos with state water rights, but would be limited if the measures survive a Supreme Court challenge. Initiatives 3 and 45, sponsored by Richard Hamilton of Fairplay and his attorney Phil Doe, seek to apply the public trust doctrine to Colorado water rights with a constitutional change.
Two large water projects that have been in the works for more than 10 years will begin their journey toward reality in a series of meetings this week. The Bureau of Reclamation will conduct the meetings as it prepares for environmental impact statements for both projects: the Arkansas Valley Conduit and a master contract for excess-capacity storage in Fryingpan-Arkansas Project reservoirs.
The state’s water construction funds have been a model of self-reliance, allowing the Colorado Water Conservation Board to operate without taking a dollar from the state’s general fund.
Studies are planned to look at the impacts of water transfers along the Arkansas River. A study by Paul Flack, former water resources manager for Colorado State Parks, will look at how water used in flow management programs from Lake County to John Martin Reservoir could be more effectively managed.
Irrigators from one end of the Arkansas Valley to the other have lined up to intervene in a Water Court case over compact compliance rules proposed by State Engineer Dick Wolfe. A four-week trial for the rules is scheduled to begin Nov. 16 and, if approved by Chief District Judge Dennis Maes, the Division 2 Water Court judge, they would become effective on Jan. 1, 2011.
Flows in the Arkansas River below Pueblo Dam dropped dramatically this week as winter water storage went into effect. Flows from the dam were cut from about 350 cubic feet per second last week to 70 cfs on Sunday, as irrigators began a program that allows them to store winter flows for use later in the year.
The Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District voted Thursday to keep track of state rules regarding consumptive use changes from surface irrigation improve- ments. The district will enter the case as an opposer, not to stop the rules, but to make sure water under its supervision is used correctly. Under the rules, filed in Division 2 water court on Sept.
Proposed legislation to encourage mitigation in water transfers might backfire and hurt current state efforts to encourage cooperation, a water board member warned. “We already have a bureaucratic effort to achieve the same goal,” said Harold Miskel, vice-president of the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District.
The shift of water imported into the Arkansas River basin under the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project is moving more toward municipal use as cities claim their full share. The Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District board reviewed trends in allocations in a workshop Thursday following one of the rockiest years it has seen in estimating availability of water.