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
Yampa Valley State of the River
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 via Zoom
Learn about current Yampa Basin water issues, snowpack, the river flows, reservoir inflow forecasting, and the Integrated Water Management Plan from an agricultural, environmental, and recreational perspective. A conversation with Division 6 Engineer Erin Light and Jackie Brown, Water & Natural Resource Policy Advisor, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association covered many topics including hydrology, measuring device implementation, and the water right abandonment process.
This event was co-sponsored by the Colorado River District, Community Agriculture Alliance, and Yampa-White-Green Bain Roundtable.
Gunnison State of the River
6 p.m. Wednesday, June 24 via Zoom
Learn about current Gunnison Basin water issues, ongoing drought, challenges facing West Slope water users, and economic contributions of water-related recreation in Colorado. Learn about current Gunnison Basin water issues, ongoing drought and challenges facing West Slope water users.
Tom Alvey, head of the projects committee for the Gunnison Basin Roundtable, and Jim Pokrandt, community affairs director for the River District, also had a discussion about hot water topics in the basin including drought, fruit freezes, an update of the roundtable’s water plan for the region, how the new crops of hemp and hops are working and the River District’s Lower Gunnison Project that did not have a PowerPoint presentation.
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:
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
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.
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
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
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