2017 State of the River Meetings 

Summit County, Thursday, May 4th
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, Colorado  

Press Release 

Brad Udall, renowned climate researcher with the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University, will keynote the Summit State of the River meeting. Bureau of Reclamation and Denver Water officials will discuss reservoir operations at Green Mountain and Dillon.

Another top speaker is Colorado River District General Manager Eric Kuhn, who is retiring next year. Kuhn has been a leader in the Colorado River Basin in cautioning that low reservoir levels at Lake Powell threaten dire consequences for the entire basin unless water management policies change.

 

 


Middle Colorado, Thursday, May 11th
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Ute Theater, 132 E 4th Street, Rifle, Colorado 


Mesa County, Monday, May 15th
3:30-8:00 p.m.
Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St, Grand Junction, Colorado 


Grand County, Wednesday, May 17th
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Inn at Silver Creek, 62927 US-40, Granby, CO 


Eagle River Valley, Details to be determined


Gunnison River Basin, May 31  
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Montrose Pavilion, 1800 Pavilion Dr. Montrose, CO 


Steamboat Springs
Thursday, June 1st


What are the State of the River Meetings? 

Each spring, during snowmelt runoff, the River District organizes informational “State of the River” meetings across parts of the Western Slope of Colorado to help educate the public and water users. Meeting speakers offer up-to-date information on snowpack figures, water supply forecasts and anticipated stream flows and upcoming conditions.

Specifically, reservoir operators and climate profession  will discuss the amount of water expected to flow into the local reservoirs due to melting snow and will forecast how conditions may affect the rise and fall of reservoir levels and the amounts and timing of water to be released to the rivers over the upcoming season.

State of the River meetings are recommended for all water users and providers. In particular, irrigators, sportsmen and all reservoir and river enthusiasts are invited to participate. For more information please contact: edinfo@crwcd.org or call 970.945.8522

 


 

2016 State of the River Annual Public Meetings Highlights and Links 

Summit County, May 4th, Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO
Sponsors: Blue River Watershed Group & Colorado River District
5:30pm Reception / 6:30-8:00pm Program

Presentations:  (.pdfs)
Blue River Water Commission discusses state of the Blue River Basin – Troy Wineland, Colorado Division of Water Resources
Dillon Reservoir Operational Goals and Projections – Robert Steger, Denver Water
The Science of Weather Forecasting in Colorado –  Joel Gratz, Open Snow
Green Mountain Reservoir Summer Operations Victor Lee, Bureau of Reclamation

Video Footage of event (YouTube)

Summit Daily News coverage


Mesa County, Thursday, May 12th, Grand Junction City Hall, 250 N 5th Street, Grand Junction, CO
Sponsors: The Water Center at Colorado Mesa University & Colorado River District
6:00-8:00pm Program

Report: “How Diversion and Beneficial use of Water Affect the Value and Measure of a Water Right/ Is “Use-it or Lose-it” an Absolute?”   A Colorado Water Institute Special Report
Paper:  “16 Years of Drought in the Colorado River Basin: Reality or Talking Point?”  By Eric Kuhn

Presentations: (.pdfs)
Snowpack Overview and Reservoir Operations: Colorado and Gunnison River Basins – Erik Knight, Bureau of Reclamation
Drought: What Drought? So Why is Powell Still Pressured?Eric Kuhn, Colorado River District
Water Banking: Can Ag Control its Own Destiny Dan Birch, Colorado River District and Mark HarrisCritical Issues for Grand Valley Water Users’ Association

Footage of the event. (YouTube)

Diversion Dam and Irrigation in the Grand Valley  short documentary film via YouTube


Eagle River Valley, Monday, May 16th, Colorado Mountain College, 150 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards, CO
Sponsors: Eagle River Water and Sanitation District, Eagle River Watershed Council & Colorado River District  
5:15pm Reception / 6:00-8:00pm Program

Presentations: (.pdfs)
Welcome and OverviewDiane Johnson, Eagle River Water & Sanitation District
Water Year 2016: Colorado snowpack, streamflow and climate updateNolan Doesken, Colorado Climate Center, Colorado State University
The changing climate of Western Colorado: Implications for water resourcesJeff Lukas, Western Water Assessment, University of Colorado – Boulder
Objectives of the Colorado River development and curtail risk studyJim Pokrandt, Colorado River District
Optimizing wastewater treatment to improve stream water qualitySiri Roman and Jeffery Schneider, Eagle River Water & Sanitation District
Strategies to improve stream health and community involvementHolly Loff, Eagle River Watershed Council; Tambi Katieb, Land Planning Collaborative; Gary Brooks, Alpine Engineering; Seth Mason, Lotic Hydrological

Website link to upcoming Sept 2016 event:
36th FIPS-Mouch World Fly Fishing Championship –  John Knight, The America Cup, Inc.

Film:  (10 min.)
Heart of Vail (threats to Gore Creek and solutions currently underway) – Produced by Public Access TV 5 in partnership with Eagle River Watershed Council and The Forest & Frances Lattner Foundation  


Grand County, Tuesday, May 24th, Mountain Parks Electric, 321 W Agate Avenue, Granby, CO
Sponsors: Grand County Water Information Network & Colorado River District
5:45pm Reception / 6:00-7:45pm Program

Paper: “16 Years of Drought in the Colorado River Basin: Reality or Talking Point?”  By Eric Kuhn

Presentations: (.pdfs)
Williams Fork & Dillon ReservoirsBob Steger, Denver Water
Lake Granby & Green Mountain Operations Victor Lee, Bureau of Reclamation
Learning by Doing, An Enhancement Program Jeff Drager, Northern Water & Kirk Klancke, Angler
Wolford Mountain Reservoir OperationsDon Meyer, Colorado River District
Ritschard Dam Update – John Currier, Colorado River District
The Hows and Whys of Data Collection on Grand County WatersRyan Lokteff, Grand County Water Information Network
Reservoirs: Filling Here, Falling There – 16 Years of Drought in the Colorado River Basin: Reality or Talking Points? Eric Kuhn, Colorado River District

State for the Colorado River: An unusual year for snowpack, runoff -article in the Sky-Hi News
Granby Reservoir set to fill and spill – article in the Sky-Hi News


Middle Colorado River, Wednesday, May 25th, Ute Events Center, 132 E 4th Street, Rifle, CO
Sponsors: Middle Colorado Watershed Council & Colorado River District
6:00-8:00pm Program

Paper:  “16 Years of Drought in the Colorado River Basin: Reality or Talking Point?”  By Eric Kuhn

Presentations: (.pdfs)
Upper Colorado Reservoir Operations Water Year 2016Victor Lee, Bureau of Reclamation
Middle Colorado Watershed CouncilLaurie Rink, Middle Colorado Watershed Council
City of Rifle Water and Wastewater UtilityJim Miller, City of Rifle
Drought: What Drought? So Why is Powell Still Pressured? – Eric Kuhn, Colorado River District
State of the Eagle River – Climate and Water Supply Update 2016 – Nolen Doesken, Colorado Climate Center, Colorado State University

Footage of the event.


Gunnison River, Monday, June 6th, Holiday Inn, 1391 S. Townsend Avenue, Montrose, CO
Sponsors: Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District & Colorado River District
6:00pm Reception / 6:15-8:00pm Program

Report: How Diversion and Beneficial use of Water Affect the Value and Measure of a Water Right/ Is “Use it or Lose It” an Absolute?”   A Colorado Water Institute Special Report
Paper: “16 Years of Drought in the Colorado River Basin: Reality or Talking Point?”  By Eric Kuhn

Presentations: (.pdfs)
2016-State of the River – Gunnison, Erik Knight, Bureau of Reclamation
Financing the Colorado Water Plan Kirk Russell, Colorado Water Conservation Board
Reservoirs: Filling Here, Falling There – 16 Years of Drought in the Colorado River Basin: Reality or Talking Points? – Eric Kuhn, Colorado River District

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