Summer 2013

People & Organizations

James Eklund Selected as CWCB Director

James Eklund, senior deputy legal counsel for the Governor and a former assistant state attorney general, has been selected as the new director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

Beatie Receives CFWE Emerging Leader Award--by Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs

On May 3rd, Amy Beatie received the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s (CFWE) Emerging Leader Award at a ceremony at the new Colorado History Museum in Denver.

Isgar Receives CFWE President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Water Education by Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs

On May 3rd, Jim Isgar received the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s (CFWE) President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in Water Education at a ceremony at the new Colorado History Museum in Denver.

Animas-La Plata Operation, Maintenance, and Replacement Association

Effective April 1, 2013, the Animas-La Plata (A-LP) Project was transferred to the Animas-La Plata Operation, Maintenance, and Replacement (OM&R) Association. A contract for OM&R on the A-LP Project was signed on March 27, 2013. The contract identifies the terms and conditions for the OM&R responsibilities for the A-LP Project facilities (excluding recreational facilities).

Dolores Water Conservancy District

According to a Cortez Journal article, the Dolores Water Conservancy District (DWCD) took a small step this spring toward determining whether a large hydroelectric plant could be built at Plateau Creek

San Juan River Recovery Implementation Program Wins America’s Great Outdoors Program Award

In May 2013 the San Juan River Recovery Implementation Program was presented an award under America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) program. The project was nominated for the award by Mark McKinstry with the U.S.

Current Events

Quagga Mussels Found in Lake Powell for First Time

According to a May Summit Voice article, invasive quagga mussels, that have gummed up waterworks and fouled ecosystems across the country, have now been found for the first time in Lake Powell.

Trending Positive

The Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD) hosted a Weather Modification Work Session on May 30th in Durango. Participants and presenters from both the Upper and Lower Basin States were in attendance. After welcome and introductions, Larry Hjermstad, with Western Weather Consultants (WWC) provided a 2012-2013 operations summary.

Water Quality / Conservation

Irrigation Efficiency Measures

Colorado is in a historic drought and agriculture uses roughly 85 percent of the state’s water. It seems obvious, then, that making agriculture more efficient is a surefire way to preserve Colorado’s dwindling water supply.

More Flexibility in State's Water Laws Needed, Panel Says

According to an April 24th Greeley Tribune article, reforming laws to provide more flexibility in how water is used and shared in Colorado will be critical in meeting demands as the state’s population rapidly grows.

Water Law

Public Trust Doctrine: Part II

In an ongoing effort to inform the public and water community alike, this is the second in a four part 2013 series related to the Colorado Public Trust Doctrine issue.

Water Bills Signed into Law by Gov. Hickenlooper

A number of water bills introduced by Sen. Mary Hodge have been signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Roundtable Update

Hickenlooper Orders Colorado Agencies, Including Roundtables, to Create Water Plan

Governor Hickenlooper issued an Executive Order on May 15th directing the state to work on a new Colorado Water Plan to determine how to secure enough water supplies to meet urban and rural demands.

WIP News

18th Annual Children’s Water Festival

The 18th Annual Children’s Water Festival was successfully conducted May 1, 2013 at Fort Lewis College. There were 16 schools and 30 classes from across the basin that attended. This equated to more than 650 fifth grade students, as well as over 60 teachers and chaperones. The event would not be possible without nearly 100 volunteers from a plethora of organizations.

June 26-27th Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop

Last year the Water Information Program (WIP) cosponsored with the Mountain Studies Institute and the San Juan Mountains Association a pilot Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop in the Durango/Silverton area. It was very successful and well received.

Water History

1.5 Billion-Year-Old Water Recently Found on Earth

According to a May USA Today report, scientists say they've found water whose age clocks in at no less than 1.5 billion years, making it the oldest cache to have ever been discovered. The only water to top it is "minute quantities" contained in some rock minerals.

Miscellaneous Facts

U.S. Dams

Dams generally serve the primary purpose of retaining water, while other structures such as floodgates or levees (also known as dikes) are used to manage or prevent water flow into specific land regions. The average age of the 84,000 dams in the U.S. is 52 years old.