‘Don’t goddamn come here [#ColoradoRiver Basin] any more’ — Lurline Curran

Here’s an article about the white paper approved last week by the Colorado Basin Roundtable, from Brent Gardner-Smith writing for Aspen Journalism. Click through and read the whole article. Here’s an excerpt: “Don’t goddamn come here any more,” was the way Lurline Curran, county manager of Grand County, summed up the roundtable’s position just before … Continue reading ‘Don’t goddamn come here [#ColoradoRiver Basin] any more’ — Lurline Curran

“…why I support Denver Water’s Gross Reservoir Expansion project” — Lurline Underbrink Curran

From The Boulder Daily Camera (Lurline Underbrink Curran): I would like to share why I support Denver Water’s Gross Reservoir Expansion project. While located in Boulder County, the project obtains the water from Grand County — a county that is currently the most impacted county in the state of Colorado for transbasin diversions. You must … Continue reading “…why I support Denver Water’s Gross Reservoir Expansion project” — Lurline Underbrink Curran

Former Grand County manager, Lurline Underbrink Curran, given award by Colorado Water Trust — @AspenJournalism

From Aspen Journalism (Brent Gardner-Smith): Lurline Underbrink Curran, the long-time Grand County manager, was lavished with praise Wednesday evening at the Denver Botanic Gardens, but she may have told the best joke. Curran said she learned she was to be honored by the Colorado Water Trust after being asked to sit in on a conference … Continue reading Former Grand County manager, Lurline Underbrink Curran, given award by Colorado Water Trust — @AspenJournalism

Windy Gap Firming Project update

From KUNC (Luke Runyon): Collaboration is a lofty goal touted by political and business leaders as a potential way forward on anything from climate change to healthcare to obesity. Drop your weapons, turn your enemies into partners and achieve great things — or so the thinking goes. But collaboration is a concept that sounds great … Continue reading Windy Gap Firming Project update

Eric Kuhn: “100 years ago the #ColoradoRiver was a beast” #CRDseminar #COriver @R_EricKuhn

Eric Kuhn prepared for his final Colorado River District Seminar, “Points of No Return,” by riding his bike east to west across the Colorado National Monument the day before. He has announced his retirement from the district and I’m sure he’ll make good use of the time on his road bike, mountain bike, and kayak. … Continue reading Eric Kuhn: “100 years ago the #ColoradoRiver was a beast” #CRDseminar #COriver @R_EricKuhn

#CRDSeminar: The #ColoradoRiver District “Points of No Return” focuses on ‘Big River’ challenges

Click here to go the website to register. After 36 years working at the River District, this will be Eric Kuhn’s last seminar on staff. Now a renowned Colorado River statesman, he will give a glimpse into his upcoming memoirs via his candid, well-studied perspectives. His legacy includes many durable agreements that have brought peace … Continue reading #CRDSeminar: The #ColoradoRiver District “Points of No Return” focuses on ‘Big River’ challenges

Gross Reservoir Expansion Project update

From The Summit Daily News (Kevin Fixler): The U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers officially threw its support behind the proposed expansion of Denver Water-owned Gross Reservoir, aka the Moffat Collection System Project, to triple capacity of the storage facility this past Friday. The review process has been nearly a decade and a half in … Continue reading Gross Reservoir Expansion Project update

Windy Gap Firming Project one step closer — the Sky-Hi Daily News

From the Sky-Hi Daily News: The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has given its go-ahead to the Windy Gap Firming project which, if brought to fruition, will supply up to 26,000 acre-feet of additional Upper Colorado River water to the Front Range. The delivery system for the Colorado-Big Thompson project includes Windy Gap Reservoir, Lake Granby, … Continue reading Windy Gap Firming Project one step closer — the Sky-Hi Daily News

The Colorado Basin Roundtable trims the list of potential projects for the basin implementation plan #COWaterPlan #ColoradoRiver

Aspen Journalism is collaborating with the Aspen Daily News covering water issues in Colorado. I met one of their reporters, Nelson Harvey, last Wednesday at the Water Availability Task Force meeting. Aspen Journalism now has boots on the ground in Denver and on the Front Range. Here’s an article about the Colorado Basin Roundtable basin … Continue reading The Colorado Basin Roundtable trims the list of potential projects for the basin implementation plan #COWaterPlan #ColoradoRiver

Trout Unlimited, Denver Water, Grand County reach agreement on river protections for Moffat Project #ColoradoRiver

From email from EarthJustice (McCrystie Adams): As Denver Water’s proposed Moffat Collection System Project has undergone initial federal permitting review, numerous stakeholders on both sides of the Continental Divide have raised serious concerns about the scheme to bring more water from the Fraser River to the Front Range. Today, two entities announced an agreement with … Continue reading Trout Unlimited, Denver Water, Grand County reach agreement on river protections for Moffat Project #ColoradoRiver

Trout Unlimited, Denver Water, Grand County reach agreement on river protections for Moffat Project #ColoradoRiver

Here’s the release via Denver Water, Grand County, and Colorado Trout Unlimited (Stacy Chesney/Lurline Curran/Mely Whiting): Denver Water, Trout Unlimited and Grand County today announced agreement on a package of river protections designed to keep the Fraser River and its trout populations healthy. The Mitigation and Enhancement Coordination Plan brings to a close several years … Continue reading Trout Unlimited, Denver Water, Grand County reach agreement on river protections for Moffat Project #ColoradoRiver

Colorado TU Gives Conservation Award to Grand County

Here’s the release from Colorado Trout Unlimited (Randy Scholfield): Colorado Trout Unlimited today announced that Grand County government – led by County Commissioners Gary Bumgarner, James Newberry, and Nancy Stuart – is the recipient of TU’s 2012 Trout Conservation Award for its work protecting the Upper Colorado River watershed in the face of Front Range … Continue reading Colorado TU Gives Conservation Award to Grand County

Front Range water group pushes back project that would pull from #ColoradoRiver, citing lawsuit — @AspenJournalism #COriver

From Aspen Journalism (Brent Gardner-Smith): The Front Range water district that wants to build the Chimney Hollow Reservoir and pull more water from the Colorado River is delaying construction bids and issuing revenue bonds, citing a lawsuit by Save the Colorado, the Sierra Club and other environmental groups challenging federal approvals for the project. The … Continue reading Front Range water group pushes back project that would pull from #ColoradoRiver, citing lawsuit — @AspenJournalism #COriver

Water managers seek certainty in Colorado Basin — @AspenJournalism

GRAND JUNCTION — Bringing more certainty to an unruly and unpredictable Colorado River system was a common theme among water managers speaking at the Colorado River District’s annual seminar Friday­­. Although the drought that has gripped much of the Colorado River Basin for the past 16 years has eased up a bit, population growth and … Continue reading Water managers seek certainty in Colorado Basin — @AspenJournalism

Water managers seek certainty in #ColoradoRiver Basin — @AspenJournalism #CRDseminar #COriver

From Aspen Journalism (Sarah Tory) via The Glenwood Springs Post Independent: Bringing more certainty to an unruly and unpredictable Colorado River system was a common theme among water managers speaking at the Colorado River District’s annual seminar Friday­­. Although the drought that has gripped much of the Colorado River basin for the past 16 years … Continue reading Water managers seek certainty in #ColoradoRiver Basin — @AspenJournalism #CRDseminar #COriver

@COWaterTrust: RiverBank is two weeks away! (June 14, 2017)

Wednesday, June 14th 5:30-8:30 pm Denver Botanic Gardens Get your tickets now! RiverBank is our annual fundraiser, where our wonderful supporters have a chance to connect with each other, celebrate our partnerships, and spend time with our team. We have an amazing evening planned, so we just need YOU! Join us for great food, wonderful … Continue reading @COWaterTrust: RiverBank is two weeks away! (June 14, 2017)

Colorado Water Trust: Please join us for RiverBank! (June 14, 2017) @COWaterTrust

Click here for all the inside skinny. From the website: RiverBank is our annual fundraiser, and is a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and colleagues, and to meet our team. We’re thrilled to have so many wonderful supporters, including you! At RiverBank, we’ll be eating great food, drinking wonderful beverages from our open bar, … Continue reading Colorado Water Trust: Please join us for RiverBank! (June 14, 2017) @COWaterTrust

Grand County Board of County Commissioners meeting recap

From The Sky-Hi Daily News (Travis Poulin): Grand County Water Quality Specialist Katherine Morris and contract employee Lurline Underbrink-Curran gave a water quality update at the first Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting of 2017. WINDY GAP BYPASS On Dec. 21, 2016 the Natural Resources Conservation Service, part of the federal US Department of Agriculture, … Continue reading Grand County Board of County Commissioners meeting recap

Locals await grant news on #ColoradoRiver projects — Sky-Hi Daily News #COriver

From The Sky-Hi Daily News (Lance Maggart): The long awaited Windy Gap Bypass Project may begin moving forward in the not-so-distant future. Officials from Grand County as well as multiple local partnering agencies and groups are patiently awaiting news on a $10 million Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) grant. The announcement regarding which applicants will … Continue reading Locals await grant news on #ColoradoRiver projects — Sky-Hi Daily News #COriver

#ColoradoRiver: Beauty, “It’s not a concept that lends itself very well to science” — Esther Vincent #COriver

From Aspen Journalism (Allen Best) via The Aspen Daily News: Nobody disputes that the Colorado-Big Thompson project has changed Grand Lake, the state’s largest, deepest natural lake. How could it not? In the 1940s, Grand Lake was integrated into the giant C-BT, what the late historian David Lavender called a “massive violation of geography.” It’s … Continue reading #ColoradoRiver: Beauty, “It’s not a concept that lends itself very well to science” — Esther Vincent #COriver

#ColoradoRiver: Doing more with less water — Allen Best #COriver

From Aspen Journalism (Allen Best) via The Aspen Daily News: Denver Water implements ‘Learning By Doing’ program in the high country A decade ago, Kirk Klancke had hard, cold feelings about Denver Water. A stonemason for 35 years who moved to the Fraser Valley in 1971, he was passionate about the outdoors, particularly fly-fishing, and … Continue reading #ColoradoRiver: Doing more with less water — Allen Best #COriver

#ColoradoRiver: Grand County and partners still need $50,000 for Windy Gap bypass study #COriver

From the Sky-Hi Daily News (Hank Shell): Grand County and its partners have raised all but $50,000 of the $385,000 needed for the first two engineering phases of the Windy Gap Bypass Project. The first engineering phase will cost $85,000, to which Grand County has contributed $55,000 and the Upper Colorado River alliance has contributed … Continue reading #ColoradoRiver: Grand County and partners still need $50,000 for Windy Gap bypass study #COriver

New water clarity proposal considered for Grand Lake — The Sky-Hi Daily News #ColoradoRiver

From the Sky-Hi Daily News (Lance Maggart): Debate continues to swirl around water clarity standards for Grand Lake, but recently stake holders on the Western Slope presented a new proposal in hopes of moving negotiations forward. Western Slope stakeholders recently presented a revised clarity standard proposal to the Water Clarity Stakeholders group for consideration. The … Continue reading New water clarity proposal considered for Grand Lake — The Sky-Hi Daily News #ColoradoRiver

Creating a secure water future for south metro Denver — The Denver Post #COWaterPlan

Here’s a column about the south metro area and Colorado’s Water Plan from Eric Hecox that’s running in The Denver Post: Colorado took an important step in addressing the state’s long-term water challenges by completing a draft of a state water plan. The plan offers a foundation from which local and regional water entities can … Continue reading Creating a secure water future for south metro Denver — The Denver Post #COWaterPlan

Shoshone: “It’s an important plant for us [@XcelEnergyCO]” — Jerome Davis #ColoradoRiver

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Dennis Webb): A Glenwood Canyon hydroelectric power plant with a controlling historic water right on the Colorado River is not for sale, a top executive with the Colorado subsidiary of Xcel Energy said Monday. Speaking at a meeting of the Colorado Basin Roundtable water-planning group, Jerome Davis, regional vice … Continue reading Shoshone: “It’s an important plant for us [@XcelEnergyCO]” — Jerome Davis #ColoradoRiver

Living West exhibit at the History Colorado Museum takes on #ColoradoRiver diversions now and in the future

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): Water, according to Western lore, flows uphill to money. According to a display at the History Colorado Center in Denver, it runs uphill with something else: a grudge. That’s according to what History Colorado describes as “a groundbreaking new 7,000-square-foot exhibit that explores the living dynamics between … Continue reading Living West exhibit at the History Colorado Museum takes on #ColoradoRiver diversions now and in the future

Colorado River Gains Recreational Flow Rights for Whitewater Parks

From email from White & Jankowski, L.L.P. (Melanie Cabral): The Grand County Board of County Commissioners was awarded historic water rights for two whitewater parks on the Colorado River in a recent water decree entered by Judge Boyd in Division 5 Water Court. The Hot Sulphur Springs Whitewater Park was granted water rights for flows … Continue reading Colorado River Gains Recreational Flow Rights for Whitewater Parks

Grand County ponies up dough for instream water rights for whitewater park #coriver

From the Sky-Hi Daily News (Tonya Bina): A manmade play wave, fashioned with rocks and concrete boulders in the river, would be the first whitewater park in Grand County. Such play waves attract paddlers from far and wide. It is planned to be located at Pumphouse, the popular Bureau of Land Management boating site on … Continue reading Grand County ponies up dough for instream water rights for whitewater park #coriver

Colorado River Cooperative Agreement: Parties to the agreement flip the switch on the Shoshone Outage Protocol

Here’s the release from the Colorado River District (Jim Pokrandt): In this year of historically low runoff, the Colorado River District, Denver Water and the Bureau of Reclamation are cooperating to add flows to the Colorado River through the Shoshone Outage Protocol for the benefit of fish, rafting and crop irrigation along the entire stretch … Continue reading Colorado River Cooperative Agreement: Parties to the agreement flip the switch on the Shoshone Outage Protocol

2012 Grand County budget includes nearly a million bucks for water rights protection

From the Sky-Hi Daily News (Tonya Bina): The Water Protection budget of the county’s Dec. 13-approved 2012 budget reflects $927,954 set aside. Nearly half of that total is for legal fees, the rest for monitoring, “learning by doing,” and engineers. The water budget reflects “the board’s determination to stay in the game and continue to … Continue reading 2012 Grand County budget includes nearly a million bucks for water rights protection

Grand County ponies up $78,000 to pay for 3,000 acre-feet to be released from Granby Reservoir

From the Sky-Hi Daily News (Tonya Bina): In accordance with federal guidelines, existing flows during these late-season months are maintained at a minimum of 40 cubic feet per second (cfs) in late August, and 20 cfs from early September to mid-October. With the county’s purchased pumping of free water at times of the year when … Continue reading Grand County ponies up $78,000 to pay for 3,000 acre-feet to be released from Granby Reservoir

Grand County has 3,479 acre-feet of water for streamflow in the upper Colorado

From the Sky-Hi Daily News: September 1-15, Grand County released an additional 45 cfs. From September 16 – 30, Grand County will reduce its release to 30 cfs. Releases will decrease to 20 cfs on October 1-15 and 10 cfs on October 16-30. In March 2010, 321 acre-feet of county water will remain in Granby … Continue reading Grand County has 3,479 acre-feet of water for streamflow in the upper Colorado

Denver Water, Northern and Grand County agree to cooperate on instream flows

Denver Water (Moffat Collection System), the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District (Colorado-Big Thompson Project and Windy Gap Project) and Grand County have struck a deal to cooperate on instream flows in the Upper Colorado River. Here’s a report from Mark Jaffee writing for the Denver Post. From the article: The agreement among Grand County, Denver … Continue reading Denver Water, Northern and Grand County agree to cooperate on instream flows

Colorado-Big Thompson Project scores $14 million in stimulus dough

From the Sky-Hi Daily News (Tonya Bina): Grand County is asking that $100,000 to $200,000 of the C-BT stimulus money be spared, according to an April 23 letter the county manager sent to the Bureau’s eastern Colorado area manager. The money is needed for an appraisal plan, the county’s letter states, which might become the … Continue reading Colorado-Big Thompson Project scores $14 million in stimulus dough

Upper Colorado Endangered Fish Recovery Program: Water providers are close to the 10825 solution

It looks like the four endangered fish species that are the focus of the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program are going to be doing backflips soon in celebration of an imminent agreement to make sure that flows in the Colorado River through Grand Junction are adequate — the so-called 10825 solution. Here’s a … Continue reading Upper Colorado Endangered Fish Recovery Program: Water providers are close to the 10825 solution