Glenwood Springs: The next meeting of the Colorado Water Conservation Board is on for May 15-16

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From email from the CWCB:

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the CWCB will be held on Tuesday May 15th, 2012, commencing at 8:30 a.m. and continuing through Wednesday, May 16th, 2012. This meeting will be held at the Hotel Glenwood Springs located at 52000 Two Rivers Plaza Road, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

More CWCB coverage here.

El Paso County is in the second phase in assessing groundwater quality and supply resources

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From the Colorado Springs Independent (Pam Zubeck):

From the release:

Committee members will share information on the recently-completed proposal and scope of work for Phase 2 of the Groundwater Quality Study, continuing the investigation that started in 2009 of the alluvial aquifer of the Upper Black Squirrel Creek Basin. Committee members will provide information on how the study would benefit the community and will present a multi-year funding proposal and work plan to the Board.

The Groundwater Quality Study Committee was established by the Board of County Commissioners in 2009 because of growing concerns about groundwater quality and potential land use impacts. The Committee consists of the County, special districts, the Upper Black Squirrel Creek Groundwater Management District, representatives from development and agricultural communities, nongovernmental organizations and at-large members. This diverse group, representing a broad cross section of the community, has worked collaboratively for several years to complete Phase 1 of the study, an evaluation of existing groundwater quality data (available HERE), and to prepare a scope of work and funding package for Phase 2. Phase 2 would be led by the U. S. Geological Survey in coordination with the Committee and will take several years to complete. Water quality sampling, testing and analysis are proposed.

The public is welcome to attend. For more information on the April 26 work session, contact Community Services Department Planning Manager Elaine Kleckner at 520-6999 or email elainekleckner@elpasoco.com.

Fruita: The town formally opens the new $30 million wastewater treatment facility

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From The Fruita Times (Ellen Miller):

The plant has been operational since January and can process, clean and recycle Fruita sewage well into the future. Designed with a capacity of 2.3 million gallons per day, the estimated annual load of about 800,000 gallons leaves plenty of room for Fruita to grow. The $30 million cost of the project covers land acquisition at the end of 15 Road at the Colorado River south of U.S. 6 & 50, engineering, sewer main interceptor lines, an operations building, headworks building and solids handling building…

Formally called the Fruita Wastewater Reclamation Facility, household sewage enters the plant at the headworks building, which removes all “deleterious” material and runs water through grit removal. It does next to an anaerobic/anoxic selector and then circulates in two giant oxidation ditches, each 18 feet deep. Other scientific processes clean the water to the point where it is sent on to the Colorado River.

The solids building, through a variety of steps and equipment, produces byproducts to be dried and eventually used as potting soil and other garden and agricultural uses.

More wastewater coverage here and here.

Arkansas Basin Roundtable recap: Storage ‘is the lost child in the process’ — Gary Barber

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

“It’s [storage] the lost child in this process,” roundtable Chairman Gary Barber said at the April meeting of the roundtable on Wednesday. “The next Statewide Water Supply Initiative update is 2016, and that seems like a long way off for some of the things we need in this basin.”

The state is looking at a strategy that involves new and ongoing projects, conservation and agricultural-urban transfers that won’t permanently dry up farmland. The strategies grew out of discussions among roundtables and the Interbasin Compact Committee. “You need to have storage to make any of the strategies work,” said Jim Broderick, executive director of the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District.

More IBCC — basin roundtables coverage here.

Arkansas River basin: Josh Kasper named water commissioner for districts 66 and 67

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From the Lamar Ledger:

Josh Kasper, a five year employee with the Division of Water Resources and formerly employed near Hotchkiss, Colo. has been named Water Commissioner for Districts 66 and 67. His new area of responsibility is the southeastern corner of Colo. which includes Bent, Prowers, Kiowa and Baca counties.

Josh’s father Pete Kasper is currently a Water Commissioner in the Pagosa Springs area. Josh brings the experience, skills and expertise to the Arkansas Valley that will ensure proper administration of the waters of the state of Colo. “Josh is his own man and has his own mind. He will bring transparency and accountability to the Division of Water Resources’ administration of the Lower Arkansas Valley by being able to answer the tough questions candidly and admit when he is wrong or doesn’t know the answer.” said Division Engineer Steve Witte.

Kasper, being a second-generation Water Commissioner, a rancher and farmer, knows what it takes to get things done while understanding the trials and tribulations of the profession. “I am happy to be selected as Water Commissioner in this community,” said Kasper. “This position provides a challenge for me and I feel that I am up for the task. Learning about Colorado’s obligations under the Arkansas River Compact is a new experience, and I am excited to be working closely with the farmers, ranchers, ditch companies and the local communities to provide quality water administration.”

More Arkansas River basin coverage here.

Colorado Foundation for Water Education tenth anniversary celebration April 20

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Here’s the announcement from the CFWE website:

It promises to be a fun and interesting evening featuring a special keynote address from U.S. Senator Mark Udall! Join us to celebrate the achievements of the Foundation and its founders– we’ve worked hard to help Colorado Speak Fluent Water and couldn’t have done it without your help. Join us as we look forward to another successful decade.

More Colorado Foundation for Water Education coverage here and here.

Aurora: Peter D. Binney water treatment plant receives national award

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From the Aurora Sentinel:

Aurora’s Peter Binney Water Purification Facility received the Marvin B. Black Excellence in Partnering Award last month for representing exemplary partnership and collaboration in construction projects like the Prairie Waters Project. The national honor was awarded by The Associated General Contractors of America.

More Prairie Waters coverage here and here.