What are the State of the River Meetings?  

– Public meetings held across the Colorado Western Slope to educate and inform on water issues. 

Experts discuss the amount of water expected to flow into the local reservoirs from snow melt and 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.

Recommended for all water users, providers, 
irrigators, anglers and reservoir & river enthusiasts!  

Thanks to all that participated in our annual “SOR” meetings! 

Feedback, comments, etc., may be sent to edinfo@crwcd.org.  
Below please find links to presentations, media coverage, additional resources, and more. 

Next State of the River Meeting: 

May 31 – Carbondale State of the Rivers

5:15 p.m. dinner & drinks  
6:00 p.m. program
Agenda 

Map to Third Street Center, 520 S. Third Street, Carbondale, CO 

Press Release

For more information please contact: edinfo@crwcd.org or call 970.945.8522

 

 

Program:
“Welcome and Short Film Program” – Zane Kessler, Colorado River District
-“A River’s Reckoning” – a short film by American Rivers
“Challenges and Opportunities in the Roaring Fork and Crystal River Basins” 
Heather Tattersall Lewin, Roaring Fork Conservancy
Matt Annabel, Aspen Valley Land Trust
Ken Neubecker, American Rivers
“Climate Change Impacts in the Headwaters” – Stephen Saunders, The Rocky Mountain Climate Organization
“Colorado River District Priorities in an Uncertain Future” – Andy Mueller, General Manager, Colorado River District
“Tales from the Colorado River” – Luke Runyon, KUNC Journalist Focusing on Colorado River Issues in the American West


2018 State of the River Meetings – Recap

Thanks to all that participated in our annual “SOR” meetings! Feedback, comments, etc., may be sent to edinfo@crwcd.org.  

Below please find links to presentations, media coverage, additional resources, and more. 

April 4 – State of the White River Basin Forum & Douglas Creek Conservation District Annual Meeting / Banquet 
5:00 p.m. social hour, 6:00 p.m. Welcome & Banquet / Program  
Colorado Northwestern Community College, 500 Kennedy Drive, Rangely, CO 

Program: 

“Welcome and Banquet” – Scott Robertson
“Douglas Creek Conservation District (District) Activities and Sponsor Recognition” – Callie Hendrickson, District Executive Director
“White River Algae Technical Advisory Group Update” – Callie Hendrickson, District Executive Director
“White River Storage Project” – Alden Vanden Brink,  Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District Manager and Danielle Hannes, P.E., W.W.Wheeler & Associates Project Engineer
“Yampa, White, Green (YWG) Rivers Basin Roundtable Updates – Alden Vanden Brink, YWG Vice-Chair
Why Irrigated Ag Matters and more!” – Andy Mueller, Colorado River District General Manager

 

March 20 – Steamboat Springs
5:30 p.m. chili supper & social time; 6:15 p.m. program
Steamboat Community Center, 1597 Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs, CO 
Press Release

Program: 
This winter’s weather patterns and Colorado’s emerging drought” – Nolan Doesken, Retired State Climatologist
Snowpack health, runoff and reservoir operations” – Kevin McBride, Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District Manager
How water leasing works in Colorado” – Zack Smith, Colorado Water Trust Attorney
Water administration in the Yampa Valley“- Erin Light, District 6 State Engineer
Why Irrigated Ag Matters” – Andy Mueller, Colorado River District General Manager
“Basin Roundtable work in the Yampa Valley” – Jackie Brown, Yampa-White-Green Roundtable Chair

 

April 19 – Moffat County State of the River
5:30 p.m. refreshments & social time; 6:15 p.m. program
Veteran’s Hall, 419 E. Victory Way, Craig, CO 

Program: 
“Greeting” – Patrick, Stanko, Community Agriculture Alliance & Jim Pokrandt, Colorado River District
“Yampa-White-Green River Roundtable Update” – Jackie Brown, Roundtable Chair
This Winter’s Weather Patterns and Colorado’s Emerging Drought” – Becky Bolinger, Assistant State Climatologist, Colorado State University
Snowpack, Runoff and Reservoir Ops” – Kevin McBride, Manager, Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District
Water Administration in the Yampa Valley” – Erin Light, Division 6 Engineer, Colorado Division of Water Resources
Why Irrigated Ag Matters and Other Colorado River District Priorities” – Andy Mueller, General Manager, Colorado River District


May 2 – Summit County State of the River 
5:30 p.m. refreshments & social time; 6:00 p.m. program
Silverthorne Pavilion, 400 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO 
Press Release

Program:
“Opening Remarks” – Scott Hummer, Division of Water Resources – Division 6
What’s Up With the Weather?” – Russ Schumacher, Colorado State Climatologist, Colorado State University
Water Outlook and Division of Water Resources News” – Troy Wineland, Summit County Water Commissioner
Denver Water: Dillon Reservoir Update” – Nathan Elder, Raw Water Supply Manager
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation: Green Mountain Operations” – Victor Lee, Hydrology Engineer, Bureau of Reclamation
Colorado Springs: Blue Lakes Operations” – Kalsoum Abbasi, Colorado Springs Utilities Engineer
Swan River Restoration Project“- Jason Lederer, Summit County Open Space and Trails
Importance of Irrigated Ag and River District Priorities” – Andy Mueller, General Manager, Colorado River District
“Closing Remarks” – Jay Pansing, Blue River Watershed Group, Board Chair/President

 

May 3 – Grand County State of the River
5:30 p.m. refreshments & social time; 6:00 p.m. program
Inn at Silvercreek, 62927 U.S. 40, Granby, CO 
Press Release

Program:
“Welcome” – Mike Ritschard, Colorado River District Board Grand County Director
“Introductions” – Chris Treese, Colorado River District External Affairs Manager
Windy Gap Modification and Connectivity Channel” – Ed Moyer, Grand County Assistant County Manager
Fraser Flats River Habitat Project” – Kirk Klancke, Colorado Trout Unlimited Chapter President; Jessica Alexander, Denver Water Environmental Scientist
“What Can You Expect This Water Year? Reservoir Update & Operations
Colorado Big Thompson Project”  – Victor Lee, Bureau of Reclamation Hydrologic Engineer
Williams Fork & Dillon ReservoirsCindy Brady, Denver Water Resources Engineer
Windy Gap Firming Project & Other Project Updates – Brian Werner, Northern Water Public Information Officer
KEYNOTE: “Colorado River District Highlights and Priorities” – Andy Mueller, Colorado River District General Manager      

  

May 8 – Mesa County State of the River
5:30 p.m. dinner; 6:00 p.m. program
University Center, 1255 N. 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO
Press Release 

Program:
“Welcome” – Hannah Holm, the Water Center at Colorado Mesa University and Steve Acquafresca, Colorado River District Board of Directors
Snowpack Overview and Reservoir Operations: Colorado and Gunnison River Basins“- Erik Knight, Hydrologist, Western Colorado Area Office, Bureau of Reclamation
Why Irrigated Agriculture Matters and other Colorado River District Priorities” – Andy Mueller, General Manager, Colorado River District
“Panel Discussion: The Mesa County Water Outlook” 
Municipal Water: Larry Clever, Ute Water & Mark Ritterbush, City of Grand Junction
Irrigation Water: Mark Harris, Grand Valley Water Users Association & Max Schmidt: Orchard Mesa Irrigation District
Ranching: Carlyle Currier, Molina
Endangered Fish: Travis Francis, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

 

May 9 – Eagle River Valley State of the River
5:15 p.m. lite dinner & social time; 6:00 p.m. program
Colorado Mountain College, 150 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards, CO
Press Release

Program: 
“Welcome and Overview” – Diane Johnson, Eagle River Water & Sanitation District 
“Water Year 2018: Colorado Snowpack, Streamflow and Climate Update” – Becky Bolinger, Colorado Climate Center, Colorado State University
“Colorado River Water Supply & Demand – What’s Happening” – Brent Newman, Colorado Water Conservation Board
Western Slope Water Challenges and Priorities” – Andy Mueller, Colorado River District
“Meeting Water Needs in the Upper Eagle River Valley” – Linn Brooks, Amy Schweig, Maureen Mulcahy, Eagle River Water & Sanitation District
“The Eagle River Integrated Water Management Plan” – Seth Mason, Eagle River Watershed Council 

 

May 15 – Middle Colorado State of the River
5:30 p.m. refreshments & social time; 6:00 p.m. program
Ute Events Center, 132 E. 4th Street, Rifle, CO
Press Release

Programs: 
“Introductions” – Dave Merritt, Colorado River District Board of Directors, Garfield County and Jim Pokrandt, Colorado River District
Snowpack and Climate Report” – Wendy Ryan, Colorado River Engineering
Green Mountain and Ruedi Reservoir Operations” – Victor Lee, Hydrologic Engineer, Eastern Colorado Area Office, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
“Integrated Water Management Planning”
Laurie Rink, Middle Colorado Watershed Council
Dr. Liz Chandler, Garfield County Conservation Districts
Dennis Davidson, Conservation Districts Consultant
Silt Water Conservancy District Update” – Scot Dodero, Board President
Why Irrigated Ag Matters and Other Colorado River District Priorities” – Andy Mueller, General Manager, Colorado River District

 

May 16Ouray County State of the River
5:30 p.m. chili and salad dinner; 6:15 p.m. program
Ouray County Fairgrounds and 4H Event Center,  22739 US-550, Ridgway, CO 
Press Release 

Program:
“Introductions” – Marti Whitmore, Colorado River District Board of Directors, Ouray County and Jim Pokrandt, Colorado River District
Snowpack and Runoff Report” – Bob Hurford, Division 4 Engineer, Division of Water Resources
Ridgway Reservoir Operations” – Mike Berry, Manager, Tri-County Water Conservancy District and Tony Mitchell, Dam Superintendent
“Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association Report” – Steve Andersen, Manager
“Ouray County Water Users Association Report”- Daris Jutten, Rancher
“Upper Uncompahgre Stream Management Plan” – Marti Whitmore, Gunnison Basin Roundtable
Why Irrigated Ag Matters and Other Colorado River District Priorities” – Andy Mueller, General Manager, Colorado River District

May 21 – State of the Gunnison River Basin
6:00 refreshments & social time; 6:30 program
Holiday Inn, 1391 S. Townsend, Montrose, CO
Press Release

“Welcome to your Basin” – Tom Alvey, Colorado River District Board of Directors President, Delta County
What’s up Around the Gunnison River Basin?“- Dave Kanzer, Deputy Chief Engineer, Colorado River District
Predictions of Conditions – Views of the Future” – Bob Hurford, Division Engineer, Colorado Division of Water Resources
“Under New Management: Handing over the ‘Rains’ at the CWCB” – John McClow, General Counsel, Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District
KEYNOTE: “Implementing Strategic Priorities with a New Hand” – Andy Mueller, Colorado River District General Manager

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