What are State of the River Meetings?  

Every year, the Colorado River District works with its partners to host educational meetings about water issues in each river basin in the 15-county district.

Learn more about the water we all rely on. At these meetings, you can enjoy free food and refreshments and learn more about the water we all rely on. Local experts present on how much water we expect to see in local rivers, ditches and reservoirs as well as up to date information about regional, statewide and local water issues.

If you’re interested in water as an irrigator, angler, boater or water provider, be sure to attend an upcoming event! We are actively planning State of the River events now. More details will be released about a State of the River in your area soon.

2020 State of the River Meetings

Mesa County State of the River
6 p.m. Wednesday, May 20 via GoToMeeting

Presentations include forecasts of how much water will be in area rivers and reservoirs later this summer and a report from the Colorado River District. The Colorado Wate Conservation Board will talk about the state’s preparation for renegotiation of the multi-state Interim Guidelines for how Lake Powell and Lake Mead are operated, and the State Engineer’s study of Colorado River Compact curtailment strategies should they ever be needed.

This event is co-sponsored by the Colorado River District and the Ruth Powell Hutchins Water Center. Learn more about the Water Center here:

https://www.coloradomesa.edu/water-center/index.html

Presentations:

An outlook on our water supply in the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers
– Erik Knight, hydrologist, Bureau of Reclamation

Protecting West Slope water as we face an uncertain water future
– Andy Mueller, general manager of the Colorado River District
 

Green Mountain Reservoir and Renegotiating the Interim Guidelines: a Colorado perspective
– Becky Mitchell, director, Colorado Water Conservation Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn about upcoming workgroup meetings here: https://cwcb.colorado.gov/focus-areas/supply/demand-management

State Engineer’s Office Compact Compliance Strategy for the Colorado River Basin
– Kevin Rein, state engineer, Colorado Division of Water Resources

 

Summit State of the River
6 p.m. Thursday, May 14 via Zoom

Whether it’s for clean water from your kitchen tap, water for hay and livestock or flows to paddle and play on, we all rely on our rivers.  Learn more about current conditions and issues in the Blue and Colorado river watersheds at the Summit State of the River. Please register to tune in for this virtual event. 

Presentations will include forecasts of how much water will be in area rivers and reservoirs later this summer, how Summit County fits into forecasted shortages facing the larger Colorado River Basin, an update on Summit County reservoirs, transmountain diversions and information about how you can participate in Blue River planning efforts to assess and sustain this valuable resource and its associated ecosystem.

This event is co-sponsored by the Colorado River District, Community Agriculture Alliance, and Yampa White Green Basin Roundtable. 

Presentations:

Protecting West Slope water as we face
an uncertain water future

– Andy Mueller, general manager of the Colorado River District

An outlook on our water supply and updates from
the Division of Water Resources

– Troy Wineland, Summit County water commissioner at the Division of Water Resources

 
For more information on Colorado’s Decision Support Systems data and tools visit: https://dwr.state.co.us/tools

Green Mountain Reservoir and Colorado-Big Thompson Project operations
– Victor Lee, hydrological engineer at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Dillon Reservoir and Denver Water operations
– Nathan Elder, Denver Water’s manager of water supply

To sign up to receive updates on Dillon Reservoir levels and water releases visit: https://www.denverwater.org/recreation/dillon-resevoir/outflow-update

Blue Lakes and Hoosier Pass system operations
-Kalsoum Abbasi, Colorado Springs Utilities water planning supervisor

The Blue River Integrated Water Management Plan
– Vice President Peggy Bailey and Executive Director Erika Donaghy, Blue River Watershed Group

Learn how to become a member of the Blue River Watershed Group here: https://www.blueriverwatershed.org/support.html
Take the Blue River Integrated Watershed Management Plan (IWMP) Questionnaire here: https://forms.gle/n6ZifV7maA1aTUs26


Rio Blanco County State of the River
TBD

This event is co-sponsored by the Colorado River District, Douglas Creek Conservation District, and Yampa White Green Basin Roundtable. 


Routt County State of the River 
TBD

This event is co-sponsored by the Colorado River District, Community Agriculture Alliance, and Yampa White Green Basin Roundtable. 


Grand County State of the River
TBD

Headwaters Center
730 Baker Drive
Winter Park, CO 80482

This event is co-sponsored by the Colorado River District and the Grand County Water Information Network. 


Moffat County State of the River  
TBD

This event is co-sponsored by the Colorado River District and the Blue River Watershed Group.


Montrose County State of the River 
TBD

This event is co-sponsored by the Colorado River District and the Gunnison Basin Roundtable.


Delta County State of the River
TBD

 


Ouray County State of the River
TBD

This event is co-sponsored by the Colorado River District and the Ouray Water Users Association. 


Gunnison County State of the River
TBD

This event is co-sponsored by the Colorado River District and the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District. 


Rifle State of the River 

TBD

This event is co-sponsored by the Colorado River District and the Middle Colorado Watershed Council. 


 

Eagle State of the River

TBD

This event is co-sponsored by the Colorado River District and the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District. 


Carbondale State of the River 

TBD


 

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