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

Colorado State of the River
6:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 19 via Zoom

Learn more about current issues on the mainstem of the Colorado River, including challenges facing West Slope water users, drought and the economic value the river provides us at the virtual Colorado State of the River meeting hosted by the Colorado River District. From threats posed by prolonged drought to the increasing pressure on West Slope water as demand from the Front Range increases, this webinar will help you understand challenges impacting your West Slope water. 

The recording of the Colorado State of the River meeting omits an update on the Grizzly Creek fire provided by the Forest Service and the City of Glenwood Springs.  For updated information on the Grizzly Creek fire or other fires visit: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ 

Presentations:

Protecting West Slope Water Supplies
– Andy Mueller, general manager Colorado River District

Securing Water for Business, Nature and Communities
– Molly Mugglestone, director of Colorado policy and communications at Business for Water Stewardship

 

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. 

 

Presentations:

Protecting West Slope water in times of uncertainty
– Jim Pokrandt, director of community affairs at the Colorado River District

Yampa River snowpack, river flows, and reservoir inflow forecasting
– Andy Rossi, general manager Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District

 

State of the River Recreation Update
– Lindsey Marlow, program manager at Friends of the Yampa and Josh Veenstra, owner of Good Vibes River Gear

Yampa River snowpack, river flows, and reservoir inflow forecasting
– Andy Rossi, general manager Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District

 

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. 

 

Presentations:

Division Engineer Water Supply Report & Update
– Bob Hurford, division engineeer

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

 

Securing water for business, nature, and communities
– Molly Mugglestone, director of communications and Colorado policy for Business for Water Stewardship

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

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