Gail Schwartz joins a majority of women on Colorado’s state water board — @AspenJournalism

From Aspen Journalism (Brent Gardner-Smith): Former state Sen. Gail Schwartz is expected Wednesday to join the board of directors of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, a state agency established in 1937 to protect and develop the state’s water supply. In doing so, Schwartz will become part of the first female majority on the CWCB board, … Continue reading Gail Schwartz joins a majority of women on Colorado’s state water board — @AspenJournalism

“Your word is everything…Be slow to commit that vote” — Gail Schwartz #coleg

Adios Ms. Schwartz, it was fun watching you work for sensible water policy in the legislature over the years. Thanks for reading Coyote Gulch. Here’s a report from Curtis Wackerle writing for the Aspen Daily News. Here’s an excerpt: Gail Schwartz, who for eight years represented Senate District 5, which includes Pitkin County, in the … Continue reading “Your word is everything…Be slow to commit that vote” — Gail Schwartz #coleg

2014 #COleg (SB14-115): ‘You don’t have to be a Water Buffalo to have an opinion about water’ — Gail Schwartz #COWaterPlan

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka): The state Legislature would have final say over a state water plan being drawn up under last year’s executive order by Gov. John Hickenlooper. A bill, [SB14-115], giving the state Legislature that authority was introduced this week and has sponsors from both parties in both houses. It also calls … Continue reading 2014 #COleg (SB14-115): ‘You don’t have to be a Water Buffalo to have an opinion about water’ — Gail Schwartz #COWaterPlan

Colorado Water Plan: ‘I recommend that all Coloradans engage in this important effort’ — Gail Schwartz

Here’s a guest column about the Colorado Water Plan, written by State Senator Gail Schwartz that is running in the Aspen Daily News: On May 14, Governor Hickenlooper signed an executive order directing the development of the first long-term State Water Plan by and for Coloradans. The “gap” between our water supply and demand is … Continue reading Colorado Water Plan: ‘I recommend that all Coloradans engage in this important effort’ — Gail Schwartz

Colorado Water Plan: State Senator Gail Schwartz stumps for the plan in Leadville

From the Leadville Herald (Marcia Martinek) via the The Mountain Mail: Colorado’s Water Plan was foremost on the mind of state Sen. Gail Schwartz as she visited in her district Nov. 8, including the office of the Herald Democrat. She explained that Gov. John Hickenlooper in May issued an executive order directing the Colorado Water … Continue reading Colorado Water Plan: State Senator Gail Schwartz stumps for the plan in Leadville

Statewide water plan: ‘I want to hear what pieces are important to you’ — Gail Schwartz

Here’s a guest column about Colorado’s water plan, written by State Senator Gail Schwartz running in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. Senator Schwartz has been in the middle of water legislation for most of her time in the state legislature. Here’s an excerpt: The state water plan will pave the way for water decisions that … Continue reading Statewide water plan: ‘I want to hear what pieces are important to you’ — Gail Schwartz

State Sen. Gail Schwartz hopes to build support for an agricultural efficiency bill #COleg

From the Aspen Daily News (Nelson Harvey): At the center of the discussion, held by a group called the Roaring Fork Watershed Collaborative, was an agricultural efficiency measure proposed by State Sen. Gail Schwartz of Snowmass Village. Schwartz has been criss-crossing Colorado this summer building support for the legislative bill, which would allow irrigators who … Continue reading State Sen. Gail Schwartz hopes to build support for an agricultural efficiency bill #COleg

State Sen. Gail Schwartz plans legislation to change ‘use or lose it’ features of water law #COleg

From the Aspen Daily News (Nelson Harvey): It seems obvious…that making agriculture more efficient is a surefire way to preserve Colorado’s dwindling water supply. And yet, state water law often encourages farmers and ranchers to use as much water as they legally can, just to keep their water rights intact. This summer, Democratic state Sen. … Continue reading State Sen. Gail Schwartz plans legislation to change ‘use or lose it’ features of water law #COleg

‘We will create incentives instead of disincentives in terms of creating efficiency in agriculture’ — Gail Schwartz

From the Durango Herald (Joe Hanel) via the Cortez Journal: Legislators are considering changes to Colorado water law that would take the first serious legal steps toward encouraging conservation instead of maximum use of water. But their ideas are controversial. “We need the ability to respond to the drought,” said Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, who … Continue reading ‘We will create incentives instead of disincentives in terms of creating efficiency in agriculture’ — Gail Schwartz

2013 Colorado legislation: Sen. Gail Schwartz plans to introduce a bill to grease the conservation skids for farmers

From The Aspen Daily News (Curtis Wackerle): As the legislative session is about to kick off, state Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, has drought and renewable energy on her mind. For her first bill of the 2013 session of the Colorado General Assembly, Schwartz will introduce legislation that would allow farmers to implement water-conservation measures … Continue reading 2013 Colorado legislation: Sen. Gail Schwartz plans to introduce a bill to grease the conservation skids for farmers

Colorado Water Congress summer meeting: State Senator Gail Schwartz — ‘There will be a bare-bones level of funding for water projects’

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka): “Because of the budget environment, we will continue pulling (mineral severance fund) money away to the general fund,” state Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee, told the Colorado Water Congress this week. “There will be a bare-bones level of funding for … Continue reading Colorado Water Congress summer meeting: State Senator Gail Schwartz — ‘There will be a bare-bones level of funding for water projects’

2011 Colorado legislation: State Senator Gail Schwartz to sponsor bill that will allow the State Engineer to approve groundwater sub-district management plans as substitute water supply plans in the San Luis Valley

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Matt Hildner): The valley’s first version of the voluntary plan, Subdistrict No. 1, is currently under review by the Colorado State Supreme Court and, if approved, could lead to as many as seven other subdistricts in the valley. If the subdistricts aren’t implemented before Wolfe’s rules, groundwater users with no surface … Continue reading 2011 Colorado legislation: State Senator Gail Schwartz to sponsor bill that will allow the State Engineer to approve groundwater sub-district management plans as substitute water supply plans in the San Luis Valley

2011 Colorado legislation: State Senator Gail Schwartz to sponsor bill that will allow the State Engineer to approve groundwater sub-district management plans as substitute water supply plans in the San Luis Valley

From the Valley Courier (Ruth Heide): Steve Vandiver, manager for the Rio Grande Water Conservation District that is sponsoring the water management sub-districts in the Valley, explained the pending legislation to Rio Grande Roundtable members during their meeting on Tuesday… He said the state engineer’s office and attorney general’s office requested the bill, which adds … Continue reading 2011 Colorado legislation: State Senator Gail Schwartz to sponsor bill that will allow the State Engineer to approve groundwater sub-district management plans as substitute water supply plans in the San Luis Valley

Schwartz v. Tipton – the battle for Colorado’s Third Congressional District

Here’s a recap of the 3rd Congressional candidate’s appearances at last week’s Colorado Water Congress Annual Summer Conference from Marianne Goodland writing for The Colorado Independent: With Democrats doing everything they can to link Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to down-ballot candidates, one of the races to watch in Colorado may be that of the … Continue reading Schwartz v. Tipton – the battle for Colorado’s Third Congressional District

Governor Ritter appoints Alan Schwartz of Snowmass Village to the board of the Great Outdoors Colorado trust fund

 Here’s the release from the Governor’s office (Evan Dreyer/Megan Castle): Gov. Bill Ritter announced today he has appointed Alan Schwartz of Snowmass Village to the board of the Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Trust Fund. Schwartz, an attorney, has devoted much of his career to land preservation and natural resource conservation. “Colorado is home to … Continue reading Governor Ritter appoints Alan Schwartz of Snowmass Village to the board of the Great Outdoors Colorado trust fund

#Colorado water officials start studying statewide program to reduce water use — @AspenJournalism

From Aspen Journalism (Brent Gardner-Smith): The directors of the Colorado Water Conservation Board voted Thursday [March 21, 2019] to start exploring the feasibility of a demand-management program as part of a larger effort to manage falling water levels in Lake Powell and Lake Mead and avoid violating the Colorado River Compact. Basalt resident Gail Schwartz, … Continue reading #Colorado water officials start studying statewide program to reduce water use — @AspenJournalism

Governor Polis Announces Water Appointments

From email from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources: Governor Polis has announced three new board appointments to the Colorado Water Conservation Board. · Gail Schwartz of Basalt, Colorado, representing the Colorado River basin · Jackie Brown of Oak Creek, Colorado, representing the Yampa-White River basin · Jessica Brody of Denver, Colorado, representing the City … Continue reading Governor Polis Announces Water Appointments

Endorsement: Amy Beatie for Colorado House District 4

I’m excited to endorse Amy, she has been a tireless champion for Colorado in her role at the Water Trust. Here’s the press release from Amy’s campaign: Amy Beatie, Executive Director of the Colorado Water Trust since 2007, announces her endorsement by statewide and local leaders in the Democratic primary for State Representative in Denver’s … Continue reading Endorsement: Amy Beatie for Colorado House District 4

@COWaterCongress Summer Meeting recap

I was roughing this week in Steamboat Springs at the Colorado Water Congress’ 2016 Summer Meeting. It was a full agenda along with appearances from Senator Bennet, Senator Gardner, Representative Tipton, former State Senator Gail Schwartz, and Senate candidate Darryl Glenn. I think the Colorado mountains inspire good will and friendliness. Doug’s agenda provided breaks … Continue reading @COWaterCongress Summer Meeting recap

Keeping water in the Crystal River

CARBONDALE — In an effort to leave more water in the lower Crystal River in dry years, a growing number of irrigators in the watershed are considering entering into non-diversion agreements and are reviewing ways to deliver water to their crops more efficiently. The agreements would be a product of discussions surrounding the recently released … Continue reading Keeping water in the Crystal River

#COWaterPlan: “We need to get the big picture and make sure that everyone’s interests are represented in the conversations” — John McClow

From The Business Times of Western Colorado (Kelly Sloan): “We need a chance for legislators to digest this,” said John McClow, a representative of the Gunnison-Uncompaghre River District on the Colorado Water Conservation Board. “We need to get the big picture and make sure that everyone’s interests are represented in the conversations. We don’t want … Continue reading #COWaterPlan: “We need to get the big picture and make sure that everyone’s interests are represented in the conversations” — John McClow

#Colorado unveils the #COWaterPlan

From the Colorado Foundation for Water Education: This morning [November 19, 2015] the final version of Colorado’s Water Plan was presented to Governor Hickenlooper. This final plan comes after a long history of water development in the state, a decade of state-coordinated cooperation between and within Colorado’s river basins and a 2013 directive from Governor … Continue reading #Colorado unveils the #COWaterPlan

13th Annual DARCA Convention, February 11-13

From email from the Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance (Christian Gilmer): The 13th Annual Convention of the Ditch & Reservoir Company Alliance (DARCA) will be held February 11-13, 2015, at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction, Colorado. Thirty-two speakers are scheduled for DARCA’s Annual Convention, Colorado’s State Water Plan – The Ditch Company … Continue reading 13th Annual DARCA Convention, February 11-13

Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference recap, day 2

From Aspen Journalism (Brent Gardner-Smith) via the Aspen Daily News: Gov. John Hickenlooper told members of the Colorado Water Congress on Thursday that he thinks it’s “unlikely” that public opinion in the state has shifted in favor of a new major dam project being built in the state, even in the face of population growth … Continue reading Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference recap, day 2

Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference recap #COWaterPlan

From The Aspen Times (Jill Beathard): Climate change is globally impacting natural resources, particularly water supplies, and that can’t go unchecked, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall said Wednesday in Snowmass Village. Managing water supply is clearly a critical issue in the West, but it is also an issue of national and international security, Udall said to … Continue reading Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference recap #COWaterPlan

Geothermal in Pagosa Springs — The Mountain Town News

From The Mountain Town News (Allen Best): Nobody doubts that the Colorado town of Pagosa Springs has hot water. It bubbles to the surface at around 140 degrees and in quantities sufficient to sustain a large commercial spa and several more public pools along the San Juan River. As well, the hot water heats 13 … Continue reading Geothermal in Pagosa Springs — The Mountain Town News

Colorado Water Congress webinar — today: The Story of SB-023 #COleg

From the Colorado Water Congress: SB14-023, Transfer Water Efficiency Savings to Instream Use, more commonly known as the “Ag Efficiency Bill” gained both controversy and publicity during the 2014 legislative session. On July 16th from 12:00 to 1:30 pm, the Colorado Water Congress will offer an informational webinar providing factual overview of the bill’s contents, … Continue reading Colorado Water Congress webinar — today: The Story of SB-023 #COleg

2014 Colorado legislation: Governor signs SB14-115 in Salida #COleg #COWaterPlan

From The Mountain Mail (J.D. Thomas): Gov. John Hickenlooper visited Salida Thursday to sign into law a bill sponsored by Sen. Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass). The governor signed the bill, named State Water Plan Public Review & General Assembly, at 9:42 a.m. at Salida SteamPlant. According to a summary of the bill, the legislation requires the … Continue reading 2014 Colorado legislation: Governor signs SB14-115 in Salida #COleg #COWaterPlan

2014 Colorado legislation: Busy year for water issues #COleg #COflood

From the Sterling Journal Advoacate (Marianne Goodland): Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling) was the prime sponsor of three committee bills, on relocating headgates, a study of water-absorbing pheratophytes, and the civil liability bill for volunteers. All three went to the governor for signing. He has until June 6 to sign or veto the bills. Several bills … Continue reading 2014 Colorado legislation: Busy year for water issues #COleg #COflood

2014 Colorado legislation: Sharp divisions over what the potential effects of SB14-023

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Charles Ashby): Depending on who’s doing the talking, a bill that won final approval in the Colorado Legislature on Monday either could take away some people’s water rights or do nothing of the kind. The debate was over SB23, which was introduced by Sen. Gail Schwartz, a Snowmass Village … Continue reading 2014 Colorado legislation: Sharp divisions over what the potential effects of SB14-023

2014 Colorado legislation: SB14-103 approved with just one Republican vote #COleg

From The Mountain Town News (Allen Best): It seems like sneering at apple pie, motherhood, and blue skies. Why would you vote against water-efficient plumbing fixtures? Nonetheless, S.B. 14-103 was approved by the Colorado Legislature with just one Republican vote. The bill would require that only those plumbing fixtures certified under the WaterSense program can … Continue reading 2014 Colorado legislation: SB14-103 approved with just one Republican vote #COleg

SB14-115’s goal is greater public participation in the #COWaterPlan #COleg

From The Durango Herald (Joe Hanel): …legislators fret they will be left out of the process. And they worry the public will be caught unaware, even though years of work and hundreds of public meetings have gone into drafting the plan. Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, said he wants to avoid repeating mistakes the state government … Continue reading SB14-115’s goal is greater public participation in the #COWaterPlan #COleg

HB14-1030 passes third reading in Senate, March 19, on to Gov. Hickenlooper #COleg

From HydroWorld.com (Michael Harris): The legislation — officially HB14-1030 — streamlines state environmental review for small hydroelectric projects without weakening or changing any underlying state environmental requirements, according to the Colorado Small Hydro Association (COSHA). Instead, the bill directs the Colorado Energy Office to facilitate project review by state agencies in a timely manner commensurate … Continue reading HB14-1030 passes third reading in Senate, March 19, on to Gov. Hickenlooper #COleg

Governor’s Forum on Agriculture recap

From The Fort Morgan Times (Marianne Goodland): The forum began with the panel of five legislators offering brief remarks on legislation affecting agriculture in the 2014 session. In addition to Sonnenberg, the audience heard from Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray), who is running for governor; Sen. Gail Schwartz (D-Snowmass Village), Rep. KC Becker (D-Boulder) and Rep. … Continue reading Governor’s Forum on Agriculture recap

SB14-115: ‘The objective of the bill is to make sure this is an open conversation’ — Ellen Roberts #COleg #COWaterPlan

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Charles Ashby): A measure to ensure that the public will have input to a proposed statewide water plan cleared a Senate committee Thursday. Though highly rewritten from its original version, SB115 introduced by two Western Slope lawmakers also would ensure that whatever plan is developed is nothing more than … Continue reading SB14-115: ‘The objective of the bill is to make sure this is an open conversation’ — Ellen Roberts #COleg #COWaterPlan

Sens. Coram, Sonnenberg and Scott walk out of Senate Bill 14-115 hearing in protest #COleg

From The Denver Post (Lynn Bartels): Three Republican lawmakers walked out of an ag committee hearing Wednesday morning in protest over the handling of a water bill scheduled to be heard Thursday afternoon. Senate Bill 115 would give the legislature a say in the “Colorado Water Plan,” an executive order Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper issued … Continue reading Sens. Coram, Sonnenberg and Scott walk out of Senate Bill 14-115 hearing in protest #COleg

2014 Colorado legislature: Next week is water bill week #COleg

From The Fort Morgan Times (Marianne Goodland): Water takes center stage next week for the Senate and House Agriculture committees. Five bills will be reviewed that cover some of the biggest water issues of the session. Two come from the interim Water Resources Review Committee, which met during the summer. HB 1028, carried by Sonnenberg, … Continue reading 2014 Colorado legislature: Next week is water bill week #COleg

Greeley’s wastewater treatment plant wins awards for energy efficiency

Here’s the release from the City of Greeley: Greeley’s Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) recently received statewide recognition for sustainability and energy reduction from the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program and the Colorado Industrial Energy Challenge. The awards ceremonies occurred on October 17 in Denver. For its energy reduction programs, the WPCF received the Partner of … Continue reading Greeley’s wastewater treatment plant wins awards for energy efficiency

Colorado Water Congress’ summer meeting: ‘Reasonable people can reach sound solutions’ — Gov. Hickenlooper

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka): When talking about a plan for the future, Gov. John Hickenlooper used an example from the past to illustrate why he has a sense of urgency on this issue. “Because of a number of factors, we are looking at a municipal supply gap of 500,000 acre-feet,” Hickenlooper told the … Continue reading Colorado Water Congress’ summer meeting: ‘Reasonable people can reach sound solutions’ — Gov. Hickenlooper

2013 Colorado legislation: HB13-1248 (Irrigation Water Leasing Municipal Pilot Projects) implementation

Chris Woodka is at the Colorado Water Congress’ annual summer shindig up in Steamboat Springs. Yesterday the interim water resources review committee met and implementing last session’s HB13-1248 was part of the discussion. Here’s Mr. Woodka’s report: Lawmakers are hoping a bill that would expand opportunities for demonstrating projects that share water between farms and … Continue reading 2013 Colorado legislation: HB13-1248 (Irrigation Water Leasing Municipal Pilot Projects) implementation

Interbasin Compact Committee meeting recap: ‘The next step is to walk across the divide’ — James Eklund

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka): While supportive of a statewide water plan, state water leaders are concerned whether it can be completed in the next two years and meet the sometimes conflicting needs they have been struggling with since 2005. The Interbasin Compact Committee Tuesday heard details about how the plan will be created … Continue reading Interbasin Compact Committee meeting recap: ‘The next step is to walk across the divide’ — James Eklund

Gunnison: 38th annual Water Workshop recap — Statewide water plan on the radar for state legislators

From The Colorado Statesman (Marianne Goodland): Last week, the legislative Interim Water Resources Review Committee met in Gunnison to discuss how that plan is taking shape. The committee’s meeting was held during the 38th annual Water Workshop, a three-day meeting on water resources, held annually at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison. The 10-member water … Continue reading Gunnison: 38th annual Water Workshop recap — Statewide water plan on the radar for state legislators

Eagle River Water and Sanitation District Awarded $1.372 Million Grant

Here’s the release from the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District (Diane Johnson): Gov. John Hickenlooper announced on July 19 that 21 municipal wastewater and sanitation districts throughout Colorado will receive a total of $14.7 million in state grants to help with the planning, design and construction of facility improvements to meet new nutrient standards. … Continue reading Eagle River Water and Sanitation District Awarded $1.372 Million Grant

Gov. Hickenlooper announces $14.7 million in grants for rural, urban wastewater system improvements

Here’s the release from Governor Hickenlooper’s office: Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that 21 municipal wastewater and sanitation districts throughout Colorado will receive a total of $14.7 million in state grants to help with the planning, design and construction of facility improvements to meet new nutrient standards. “Coloradans in rural and urban areas will benefit … Continue reading Gov. Hickenlooper announces $14.7 million in grants for rural, urban wastewater system improvements

2013 Colorado legislation: Governor Hickenlooper signs HB13-1044 (Authorize Graywater Use) #COleg

From the Northern Colorado Business Report (Steve Lynn): Rep. Randy Fischer, D-Fort Collins, and Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, introduced House Bill 1044. Hickenlooper signed the bill at Colorado State University on Wednesday. The bill directs the Colorado Water Control Commission to create statewide standards for gray water systems. It defines graywater as water coming … Continue reading 2013 Colorado legislation: Governor Hickenlooper signs HB13-1044 (Authorize Graywater Use) #COleg

2013 Colorado legislation: Graywater bill may make it to Governor Hickenlooper’s desk this session

From the Northern Colorado Business Report (Dallas Heltzell): Co-sponsored by Rep. Randy Fischer, D-Fort Collins, and Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, it now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Lawmakers there will consider a $110,000 appropriation to fund development of gray-water standards by the state Department of Public Health and Environment… The bill directs the … Continue reading 2013 Colorado legislation: Graywater bill may make it to Governor Hickenlooper’s desk this session

2013 Colorado legislation: HB13-1130, sans the thirty year term, passes the Senate Ag committee #COleg

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka): A watered-down version of a controversial bill that would expand state authority to approve water leases is making its way through the Legislature. The legislation, HB1130, was approved this week by the Senate agriculture committee. It would alter the state’s interruptible water supply statute. The statute now allows temporary … Continue reading 2013 Colorado legislation: HB13-1130, sans the thirty year term, passes the Senate Ag committee #COleg

2013 Colorado legislation: HB13-144 (Authorize Graywater Use) passes state Senate Ag committee #COleg

From the Northern Colorado Business Report (Steve Lynn): The bill, sponsored by Rep. Randy Fischer, D-Fort Collins and Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Lawmakers there will consider a $110,000 appropriation to fund development of gray water standards by the state Department of Public Health and Environment. The measure … Continue reading 2013 Colorado legislation: HB13-144 (Authorize Graywater Use) passes state Senate Ag committee #COleg