“Having the [#WOTUS] rule removed doesn’t remove the regulation…It doesn’t remove the protections that are still there. So I don’t think people have to worry.” — Chris Treese

From Aspen Public Radio (Alex Hager): Now that the 2015 extensions have been rolled back, federal water rules revert back to where they were in 1986. Experts say while the move has created uncertainty, it does not erase the bulk of federal water protections. “Having the rule removed doesn’t remove the regulation,” said Colorado River … Continue reading “Having the [#WOTUS] rule removed doesn’t remove the regulation…It doesn’t remove the protections that are still there. So I don’t think people have to worry.” — Chris Treese

After nearly 30 years with the River District, Chris Treese set to retire on September 13, 2019 #ColoradoRiver #COriver

From The Glenwood Springs Post Independent (Thomas Phippen): After 28 years with the River District, Treese is set to retire Sept. 13. “Time really does fly, and the issues persist,” Treese said in an interview at his Glenwood Springs office, located across the street from Two Rivers Park, right beside the river that provides water … Continue reading After nearly 30 years with the River District, Chris Treese set to retire on September 13, 2019 #ColoradoRiver #COriver

#ColoradoRiver: “#Runoff curves dropped very steeply this year” — Chris Treese #COriver

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): Summer arrived a bit late water-wise, but the rest of the year looks to be hot and dry, even though it began cold and wet. The Bureau of Reclamation today is releasing more water from Crystal Dam to boost fast-falling flows in the lower Gunnison River, the … Continue reading #ColoradoRiver: “#Runoff curves dropped very steeply this year” — Chris Treese #COriver

“American Rivers needs to come to the joint talks, as well as issue press releases” — Chris Treese #ColoradoRiver #COWaterPlan

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): The upper reaches of the Colorado River make up one of the nation’s most endangered rivers, largely because of the possibility of a transmountain diversion, according to an annual listing. The upper Colorado came in second among the most endangered rivers, according to American Rivers, a Washington, … Continue reading “American Rivers needs to come to the joint talks, as well as issue press releases” — Chris Treese #ColoradoRiver #COWaterPlan

Drought news: ‘…short of 1,000-year events, rain doesn’t boost storage, it just maintains storage by easing demands’ — Chris Treese #COdrought

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): Rainstorms that pelted the West Slope while pounding the Front Range last week closed the major transmountain diversions that fed hardest-hit cities to the east. Stopping the diversions, however, isn’t expected to translate into significant storage increases on the West Slope after one of the driest winters … Continue reading Drought news: ‘…short of 1,000-year events, rain doesn’t boost storage, it just maintains storage by easing demands’ — Chris Treese #COdrought

Chris Treese (Colorado River District): ‘We’re very concerned about any large project of any kind for Eastern or Western Colorado’

Mr. Treese was speaking at the Southern Colorado Water Forum this week. Here’s a report from Chris Woodka writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article: “We’re very concerned about any large project of any kind for Eastern or Western Colorado,” Chris Treese, external affairs manager for the Colorado River Conservation District, told the Southern … Continue reading Chris Treese (Colorado River District): ‘We’re very concerned about any large project of any kind for Eastern or Western Colorado’

Chris Treese: With all of these [pipeline projects] we have the same concern…that they are going to take us to the edge of the cliff and perhaps push us over with them

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel editorial staff weighs in on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans for scoping sessions for the Flaming Gorge pipeline (Regional Watershed Supply Project). From the article: Now that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is evaluating a grandiose proposal to pump water from Flaming Gorge Reservoir in southern Wyoming … Continue reading Chris Treese: With all of these [pipeline projects] we have the same concern…that they are going to take us to the edge of the cliff and perhaps push us over with them

@CWCB_DNR names water mavens to demand management workgroups — @AspenJournalism #ColoradoRiver #COriver #aridification #DCP

From Aspen Journalism (Brent Gardner-Smith): The Colorado Water Conservation Board on Monday released the names of the 74 people it has asked to volunteer on eight workgroups being formed to investigate how a demand-management program might work in the state. The list of people asked to serve reads like something of a who’s who of … Continue reading @CWCB_DNR names water mavens to demand management workgroups — @AspenJournalism #ColoradoRiver #COriver #aridification #DCP

Denver: Watershed Summit 2019, June 27, 2019

Click here to go to the Resource Central website for all the inside skinny: The Watershed Summit is rapidly becoming the region’s top event for water industry leaders. Join 250+ water utility executives, business leaders, conservation experts, and other professionals to gain the new insights you need to help position your organization for success. Watershed … Continue reading Denver: Watershed Summit 2019, June 27, 2019

#Drought news: “What is a surprise is the magnitude of the loss” — @BradUdall #ActOnClimate #aridification

From The Denver Post (Bruce Finley): …this shift since the start of the century toward greater aridity also is forcing, out of public view in government meetings and science labs, an unprecedented scramble to determine how much climbing temperatures — compared with Colorado’s near-record low rain and mountain snowpack — are driving that change. Quantifying … Continue reading #Drought news: “What is a surprise is the magnitude of the loss” — @BradUdall #ActOnClimate #aridification

Aaron Million has a new plan for water from the Green River to the #Colorado Front Range

Updated with The Salt Lake Tribune story below. From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Dennis Webb): Aaron Million has filed for a water right with the state of Utah for the project, which would involve diverting about 55,000 acre-feet of water a year from the Green River near the Browns Park area close to the … Continue reading Aaron Million has a new plan for water from the Green River to the #Colorado Front Range

#LakePowell and #LakeMead end 2017 with higher pools that 2016 #ColoradoRiver #COriver

From Marianne Goodland writing for ColoradoPolitics.com via The Colorado Springs Gazette: Lake Powell, at 490 feet, is at the highest it’s been since 2012, and about 22 feet higher than a year ago, according to a Jan. 1 report by Water.data.com. Located on the Utah-Arizona border, Powell is the “bank” for the four upper basin … Continue reading #LakePowell and #LakeMead end 2017 with higher pools that 2016 #ColoradoRiver #COriver

Some Colorado River District constituents challenge hiring of Zane Kessler

By Brent Gardner-Smith, Aspen Journalism GRAND JUNCTION – The Colorado River District says it stands behind the recent hiring of Zane Kessler as communications director, despite concerns from some of the more-conservative counties in the district about his past political activities regarding oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide area. Scott McInnis, a Mesa … Continue reading Some Colorado River District constituents challenge hiring of Zane Kessler

#COleg: HB16-1256 South Platte Water Storage Study to debut soon

From Colorado Politics (Marianne Goodland): Almost 8 million acre-feet of water has left Colorado in the past 20 years that the state could have kept, according to preliminary data from a legislative-commissioned study expected later this year… That takes us to what happened to that 8 million acre-feet of water on the South Platte. It … Continue reading #COleg: HB16-1256 South Platte Water Storage Study to debut soon

#Colorado #ColoradoRiver #runoff has peaked #COriver

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): …officials expect Lake Powell to rise to 65 percent full, but that relatively high level won’t last long as the inflow into the reservoir will be sent downstream to Lake Mead and Mexico. In all, Lake Powell is to release just under 9 million acre-feet of water … Continue reading #Colorado #ColoradoRiver #runoff has peaked #COriver

Timeline since Oct. 2016 of Castle and Maroon creek dam cases

Aspen Journalism has been producing a timeline concerning the potential Castle Creek Reservoir and the potential Maroon Creek Reservoir. The historic timeline has grown fairly massive, so AJ has updated the tail end of the timeline, starting with Oct. 31, 2016, when the city of Aspen filed two diligence applications on the reservoirs. Please see … Continue reading Timeline since Oct. 2016 of Castle and Maroon creek dam cases

The Colorado River District’s take on Aspen’s conditional storage rights — @AspenJournalism

From Aspen Journalism (Brent Gardner-Smith): Given the ongoing discussion in Aspen about the city’s conditional water storage rights tied to two reservoirs on Castle and Maroon creeks, we thought it would be informative to interview Chris Treese, the external affairs manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, which works to protect Western Slope water … Continue reading The Colorado River District’s take on Aspen’s conditional storage rights — @AspenJournalism

#COWaterPlan celebrates one year anniversary — #Colorado Independent

From The Colorado Independent (Marianne Goodland): In the year since Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Water Conservation Board released a much-ballyhooed plan to grapple with a looming water shortage, a critical question remains: How to come up with the estimated $20 billion to pay for it? “Money is a key part of making this … Continue reading #COWaterPlan celebrates one year anniversary — #Colorado Independent

Center for #ColoradoRiver Studies: Fill Mead first — A Technical Assessment #COriver

Click here to the Denver for Colorado River Studies at Utah State University for all the inside skinny on the report. Here’s the executive summary: The Fill Mead First (FMF) plan would establish Lake Mead reservoir as the primary water storage facility of the main-stem Colorado River and would relegate Lake Powell reservoir to a … Continue reading Center for #ColoradoRiver Studies: Fill Mead first — A Technical Assessment #COriver

R.I.P. Rolly Fischer #ColoradoRiver #COriver

From The Glenwood Springs Post Independent (John Stroud): Roland “Rolly” Fischer, the longtime head of the Glenwood Springs-based Colorado River District who guided the organization through a period of intense and often contentious change, has died. Fischer, a petroleum engineer who came to western Colorado in the 1950s ahead of the eventual oil shale boom … Continue reading R.I.P. Rolly Fischer #ColoradoRiver #COriver

2016 #coleg: Colorado’s new water law tells feds butt out — The Mountain Town News

From The Mountain Town News (Allen Best): State legislators in Colorado rarely vote unanimously, and when they do it’s usually in support of a pom-pom proclamation such as espousing eternal support for the Denver Broncos or some other feel-good cause. The Colorado Water Rights Protection Act was approved unanimously this spring before being signed into … Continue reading 2016 #coleg: Colorado’s new water law tells feds butt out — The Mountain Town News

#ColoradoRiver: Lake Powell tied at the turbines to ski lifts — The Mountain Town News

From The Mountain Town News (Allen Best): Just how much more water can be drawn from the rivers that originate near Winter Park, Breckenridge, and Aspen, as well as Crested Butte, Telluride, and Durango, before the electrical supply powering the ski lifts gets wobbly? That sounds a bit like a zen koan, but in fact, … Continue reading #ColoradoRiver: Lake Powell tied at the turbines to ski lifts — The Mountain Town News

Club 20: Forest health should be included in #COWaterPlan

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): Colorado’s water plan overlooks an important element: forest health, especially in the headwaters areas, a Club 20 committee said Thursday. A supplement to the next phase in the water plan should discuss wildfires and their effects on water quality and forest health, the committee said during winter … Continue reading Club 20: Forest health should be included in #COWaterPlan

Who gave up what ground in the feud about ski areas and water rights? — The Mountain Town News

From The Mountain Town News (Allen Best): In late December, the U.S. Forest Service announced a compromise with the ski industry in their feud over water rights. Both sides gave ground, but just as interesting was who didn’t get deeply involved. The environmental community mostly stayed on the sidelines, unwilling to hurl spears on behalf … Continue reading Who gave up what ground in the feud about ski areas and water rights? — The Mountain Town News

Path forward is murky in Hickenlooper’s final #COWaterPlan — The Colorado Independent

From The Colorado Independent (Marianne Woodland): Gov. John Hickenlooper has made public Colorado’s first statewide water plan. Though the document is intended to save the state from a looming water crisis, neither he nor state lawmakers have any specifics on how to implement it. With only one generation until Colorado’s water supply is projected to … Continue reading Path forward is murky in Hickenlooper’s final #COWaterPlan — The Colorado Independent

#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

#COWaterPlan: “There are all sorts of good reasons to think we can close the gap” — James Eklund

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): Much of the water storage contemplated in the Colorado water plan already is under study, said the head of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. “There are all sorts of good reasons to think we can close the gap” between current supplies and the demands expected by 2050, … Continue reading #COWaterPlan: “There are all sorts of good reasons to think we can close the gap” — James Eklund

2015 Colorado legislation water bill recap

From The Fort Morgan Times (Marianne Goodland): It began with the interim water resources review committee, which last summer held hearings on studies on groundwater levels in the South Platte River Basin area. That led to four bills dealing with flooding and groundwater issues in the Basin. House Bill 15-1178 provided $165,000 in 2015-16 for … Continue reading 2015 Colorado legislation water bill recap

Reclamation says it’s time to cut back on #ColoradoRiver use, others ask about storage #COWaterPlan

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): Colorado River water users will have to get used to more water conservation, according to a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation report that was faulted in Colorado for failing to consider storage as a drought measure. The report calls for several steps, including technology improvements and behavior change, … Continue reading Reclamation says it’s time to cut back on #ColoradoRiver use, others ask about storage #COWaterPlan

What would a water market for western Colorado and California look like? #ColoradoRiver

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): Even before California declared mandatory water restrictions last week, water purveyors in the Golden State were paying top dollar for water already in the state. That suggests the price of water from upstream might fetch even more money — something that hasn’t gone without notice in the … Continue reading What would a water market for western Colorado and California look like? #ColoradoRiver

Snowpack news: Yampa and White watersheds dip below 2002

From the Craig Daily Press (Tom Ross): The Yampa River was clearly swollen and discolored Wednesday where it flows through downtown Steamboat Springs, and after Tuesday’s temperatures reached into the 60s, that won’t come as a surprise to valley residents. It’s impossible to avoid noticing how rapidly snow is melting from roof tops and south-facing … Continue reading Snowpack news: Yampa and White watersheds dip below 2002

Transmountain water: “I think it’s really in the crosshairs” — Chris Treece #COWaterPlan #ColoradoRiver

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): Colorado’s first stab at a statewide water plan makes no direct call for a new transmountain diversion of West Slope water to the Front Range. That doesn’t mean West Slope water is off the table, though, said observers and a member of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. … Continue reading Transmountain water: “I think it’s really in the crosshairs” — Chris Treece #COWaterPlan #ColoradoRiver

Western Slope appeals ruling
 on water usage — Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): Aurora should be penalized for storing and using West Slope water without having the appropriate water rights, several West Slope water agencies contend in a case before the Colorado Supreme Court. The West Slope agencies, including the Grand Valley Water Users’ Association, Orchard Mesa Irrigation District and … Continue reading Western Slope appeals ruling
 on water usage — Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

At head gate atop pass, Western Slope, Front Range interests meet — The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Dennis Webb): A water-measuring flume on a ditch sitting exactly astride this pass outside Leadville might be as good a place as any to bring Western and Eastern Slope interests together to talk about water. Those interests met in the middle here last week, at this point where the … Continue reading At head gate atop pass, Western Slope, Front Range interests meet — The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Water storage ‘absolutely’ part of #COWaterPlan — Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): Western Slope water storage is “absolutely” a part of the Colorado water plan that is to be complete in just over a year, said the head of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. James Eklund, however, declined to offer specifics about any discussions. U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., … Continue reading Water storage ‘absolutely’ part of #COWaterPlan — Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Many eyes are on Lake Powell and the power pool #ColoradoRiver

Here’s a look at the Lake Powell power pool and the cascading effects if the reservoir drops below the level necessary to continue to deliver power to the southwestern US, from Allen Best writing in The Denver Post: Colorado water leaders used a curious approach last week in announcing a new water conservation program involving … Continue reading Many eyes are on Lake Powell and the power pool #ColoradoRiver

The Colorado River District comes out swinging to oppose Wild and Scenic designation for the Crystal River

From Aspen Journalism via the Aspen Daily News (Brent Gardner-Smith): The Colorado River District is the first governmental entity to throw cold water on the idea of designating 39 miles of the Crystal River as “wild and scenic.” At its July 15 meeting, three members of the river district board voiced opposition to the proposal … Continue reading The Colorado River District comes out swinging to oppose Wild and Scenic designation for the Crystal River

New study from @UCIrvine finds groundwater loss greater threat to western US than understood #ColoradoRiver

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): While water levels at lakes Mead and Powell have visibly slipped in the current drought, another source, groundwater, is disappearing even more rapidly, according to a satellite study of the Colorado River Basin. A University of California, Irvine, study posted on the website of the American Geophysical … Continue reading New study from @UCIrvine finds groundwater loss greater threat to western US than understood #ColoradoRiver

County commissioners urge participation in developing the #COWaterPlan

Rachel Richards and Karn Stiegelmeier have penned a guest column that’s running in The Aspen Times. Click through and read the whole thing. Here’s an excerpt: Colorado needs a State Water Plan for our water resources for many reasons. Colorado’s population is growing rapidly, with estimates that 4 million to 5 million more people will … Continue reading County commissioners urge participation in developing the #COWaterPlan

“Local entities can also derail projects more readily now than in the past” — Candace Krebs #COWaterPlan

From the Bent County Democrat (Candace Krebs): During the third annual Protein Producer Summit, a joint summer business meeting of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and the Colorado Livestock Association, four panelists shared a wish list of items they think could improve the state’s ability to fully capture and utilize its water resources… Last fall’s historic … Continue reading “Local entities can also derail projects more readily now than in the past” — Candace Krebs #COWaterPlan

2014 Colorado legislation: Gov. Hickenlooper’s veto of SB14-023 rankles conservationists #COleg #ColoradoRiver

From the Colorado Independent (Tessa Cheek): Governor John Hickenlooper is drawing backlash for vetoing a bill that conservationists say would have prompted farmers to update their irrigation systems and kept more water in Colorado’s Western Slope streams without asking anyone to forfeit water rights. Hickenlooper said that the final version of the bill, SB 23, … Continue reading 2014 Colorado legislation: Gov. Hickenlooper’s veto of SB14-023 rankles conservationists #COleg #ColoradoRiver

Colorado River District Applauds Governor’s Veto #COleg #ColoradoRiver

Here’s the release from the Colorado River District (Chris Treese): The Colorado River District applauds Governor Hickenlooper’s decision on June 5 to veto Senate Bill 14-023. As noted in the Governor’s veto message, we are certain it was a close and difficult decision. The River District, along with many other parties, requested a veto. But … Continue reading Colorado River District Applauds Governor’s Veto #COleg #ColoradoRiver

Drilling down on issue of water, agriculture & conservation — Allen Best #ColoradoRiver

State vs. local mandates is the subject of this report from Allen Best writing for The Mountain Town News. Click through and read the whole article. Here’s an excerpt: A lawyer now based in Durango, [Ellen Roberts] spent the early 1980s living in Grand Lake and running lifts at Winter Park. Pipelines from both towns … Continue reading Drilling down on issue of water, agriculture & conservation — Allen Best #ColoradoRiver

Breckenridge: “We can’t just sit up here and say we have all the water, now we’ll use it” — Tim Gagen #ColoradoRiver

From The Mountain Town News (Allen Best): The town council is considering legislation that would cap outdoor use at three days a week. It’s part of an effort to put a new emphasis on water conservation and efficiency, says Tim Gagen, the town manager. “We have to walk the talk,” says Gagen. “We can’t just … Continue reading Breckenridge: “We can’t just sit up here and say we have all the water, now we’ll use it” — Tim Gagen #ColoradoRiver

2014 Colorado legislation: SB14-023 — West Slope instream use, irrigation efficiency #COleg

Here’s the first of a two-part series about the bill from Michael Schrantz writing for Steamboat Today. Here’s an excerpt: Senate Bill 23 is on its way to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk thanks to some legislative maneuvering, but the bill dealing with changes to water law on the Western Slope has divided interested organizations and … Continue reading 2014 Colorado legislation: SB14-023 — West Slope instream use, irrigation efficiency #COleg

“…I’ve worked for American Rivers now for a while” — Ken Neubecker #ColoradoRiver

Ken Neubecker posted the comment below in response to this post: I can forgive Chris Treese for perhaps not knowing that I’ve worked for American Rivers now for a while. I have been on the Basin Roundtable and very involved in the discussions for a very long time and Western Slope water issues for over … Continue reading “…I’ve worked for American Rivers now for a while” — Ken Neubecker #ColoradoRiver

Snowpack news: 2014 is shaping up to be a big runoff year for much of Colorado #COdrought

From The Denver Post (Scott Willoughby): It’s a short walk through deep snow to what the federal government considers the headwaters of the Colorado River. Some years it’s deeper than others. Technically speaking, station 05K14 sitting at 11,300 feet atop the Berthoud Pass Summit and measures the snow that first feeds the Fraser River before … Continue reading Snowpack news: 2014 is shaping up to be a big runoff year for much of Colorado #COdrought

Water bank for Western Slope irrigators? #ColoradoRiver

From KREXTV.com (Emily Fredrick): he Colorado River District traveled to Montrose and Palisade Tuesday to speak with irrigators about the possibility of a water bank on the Western Slope. The new concept would increase security for the Upper Colorado River Basin water supplies and reduce the potential negative impacts of persisting drought conditions. “We live … Continue reading Water bank for Western Slope irrigators? #ColoradoRiver

NRCS manual snow survey funding dodges a bullet

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Dennis Webb): The Natural Resources Conservation Service says it has dropped consideration of reducing the number of Colorado snow survey sites this winter, an idea that had been driven by budget cuts. The idea had drawn criticism from water managers and from U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet, … Continue reading NRCS manual snow survey funding dodges a bullet