2018 @CWCB_DNR Instream Flow Workship, January 24, 2018

Rodeo Rapid, on the upper Colorado River. Photo credit: Brent Gardner-Smith Aspen Journalism

From email from the CWCB (Rob Viehl):

Each year, the CWCB’s Stream and Lake Protection Section hosts an annual workshop that provides state and federal agencies and other interested persons an opportunity to recommend certain stream reaches or natural lakes for inclusion in the State’s Instream Flow (ISF) Program. The entities that make ISF recommendations will present information regarding the location of new recommendations as well as preliminary data in support of the recommendation. There will be an opportunity for interested stakeholders to provide input and ask questions. CWCB staff will provide an overview of the ISF Program and the new appropriation process, along with an update of pending ISF recommendations from previous years.

The second half of this workshop will focus on a partnership between the Colorado Water Trust (Water Trust), and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) on a pilot strategic approach to ISF water acquisitions to preserve or improve the natural environment. This new Request for Water Acquisitions Pilot Process (Process) is intended to accomplish several goals: to proactively invite voluntary water right offers for ISF use from willing water rights owners; to provide a user-friendly mechanism for water rights owners to investigate working with CWCB and the Water Trust on ISF acquisitions; to streamline transaction processes and utilization of resources; to facilitate implementation of Colorado’s Water Plan objectives; and to add flows to river segments in need while coordinating with agricultural and other uses. Topics covered will include the Process timeline, available stream restoration and transaction tools, and information a water right owner needs to provide to initiate participation in the Process.

Open to Public

Date: January 24, 2018

Time: 2:00-5:00 PM

Location: Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, 7800 E. Tufts Avenue, Denver, CO 80237

For more information about this workshop, please contact Rob Viehl at rob.viehl@state.co.us

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