Farm Bill Expires, Path Forward Unclear As Congress brokered their last-minute deal to avoid a government shutdown, the 2018 Farm Bill quietly expired. According to a briefing by Zane Kessler, the River District’s Director of Government Relations, this leaves the fate of many federal agriculture and nutrition programs unclear until new legislation is passed.
River District Board Welcomes CWCB Director Ris On Wednesday, October 18, the Colorado River District welcomed newly appointed Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Director Lauren Ris for a discussion with the Board of Directors. Ris took the helm of CWCB in August during Colorado Water Congress after serving as Deputy Director for six years.
Protecting Our Headwaters for the Future On the first day of the 2023 Fourth Quarterly Board Meeting, River District Directors heard a report from Senior Water Resources Engineer & Project Manager Raquel Flinker and Water Resources Engineer Rebecca Briesmoore on the work of a broad stakeholder group to bring an ‘Outstanding Waters’ designation to
The Crystal Ball is Cloudy A standing item of the General Manager’s Report for River District board memos, the hydrology update sets the stage for board discussion and decisions each quarter. On Tuesday, October 17, Dave “DK” Kanzer, Director of Science and Interstate Matters, and Don Meyer, Senior Water Resources Engineer, provided updated context
The frequently-headlining Colorado River Drought Task Force came first in Andy Mueller’s General Manager’s Report of the 2023 Fourth Quarterly Board Meeting. Appointed by the board as the River District’s primary Drought Task Force representative, Andy Mueller provided an update on Task Force meetings to-date along with General Counsel Peter Fleming, who serves as
Board Of Directors To Talk Drought Task Force, Colorado River Hydrology, Government Affairs and Outreach Efforts. On October 17-18, the Colorado River District Board of Directors will meet in Glenwood Springs for the Fourth Quarterly General and Enterprise meeting of 2023. Staff will present updates on projects and priorities with some action items requested
Hydrological Bounty Before a Dry Summer Just when you think you know what to expect, the opposite occurs. With Water Year 2023 almost complete, the surprises keep coming. Instead of hot, dry and dusty conditions associated with the early days of summer, rain, hail, snow, reservoir spills, and above average river flows continued with
State of the River 2023 Recap: "We're Here, We're Listening." The 2023 State of the River season wrapped up on June 1 with a final event in partnership with Eagle River Water & Sanitation District. The Colorado River District's spring State of the River meetings are one of the primary ways for staff at
Central Arizona Project Tours West Slope From June 26 to the 29, the Colorado River District hosted eight board and four staff members from the Central Arizona Project (CAP) for a four-day tour of Colorado's Western Slope. A 336-mile water delivery system serving nearly 6 million people in the Maricopa, Pinal, and Pima counties
Risk Study Reaches Phase IV The original Colorado River Risk Study (“Risk Study”) was initiated almost ten years ago as an outgrowth of previous ‘Colorado River Compact Water Bank’ efforts. Beginning with Phase I in 2016, the project aimed to better understand risks of potential, involuntary curtailment for Colorado and the other Upper Basin states