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I_WRRC_2018A 06/19/2018 09:02:23 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
INTERIM COMMITTEE  WATER RESOURCES REVIEW COMMITTEE
Date 06/19/2018
Attendance
Catlin X
Coram X
Crowder X
Donovan X
Esgar X
Jones X
Roberts E
Saine *
Sonnenberg X
Arndt X
Time 09:02:23 AM to 04:12:28 PM
Place HCR 0112
This Meeting was called to order by Arndt
This Report was prepared by Matt Becker
Hearing Items Action Taken
Republican River Issues Committee Discussion Only
Severance Tax Revenue Committee Discussion Only
Water Plan Grants First Year of Funding Committee Discussion Only
Species Conservation Trust Fund Success Stories Committee Discussion Only
Potable Reuse Committee Discussion Only
HB16-1256 South Platte Storage Study Committee Discussion Only
Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials Committee Discussion Only
Report on HB17-1285 Refinance Water Polution Control Program Act Committee Discussion Only
Public Testimony Committee Discussion Only
Draft Legislation Process and Deadlines Committee Discussion Only

Republican River Issues - Committee Discussion Only


09:03:12 AM  

Kevin Rein, State Engineer, presented several issues related to the Republican River Basin.  A copy of the presentation can be found at:  http://leg.colorado.gov/node/1221201/.  Mr. Rein discussed potential legislation related to the modification of the Republican River Water Conservation District boundaries, as well as the need for rulemaking related to the basin.

09:17:48 AM  

Mr. Rein responded to committee questions regarding compact compliance in the basin, as well as recent discussions with Kansas and Nebraska about compact compliance.



Severance Tax Revenue - Committee Discussion Only


09:35:57 AM  

Larson Silbaugh, Legislative Council Staff, presented an overview of severance tax revenue in Colorado.  The presentation can be found at:  http://leg.colorado.gov/node/1221201/.

09:45:42 AM  

Mr. Silbaugh responded to committee questions regarding the recent Supreme Court decision resulting from the BP America Production Co. court case, and its impact on state severance tax revenue.

09:50:58 AM  

Bill Levine, Department of Natural Resources, presented an overview of how severance tax collections are spent in the state.  A copy of the presentation can be found at: http://leg.colorado.gov/node/1221201/.

10:03:11 AM  

Carly Jacobs, Department of Natural Resources, discussed how the Severance Tax Operational Fund is spent within the department.

10:10:20 AM  

Mr. Levine responded to committee questions regarding recent severance tax collections and other potential revenue sources to fund large water projects in the state.

10:13:17 AM  
Mr. Silbaugh and Ms. Jacobs responded to
committee questions regarding tax refunds related to the BP court case.



Water Plan Grants First Year of Funding - Committee Discussion Only


10:26:41 AM  

Lauren Ris, Colorado Water Conservation Board, presented an overview of the first year of grant funding under the Colorado Water Plan.  A copy of the presentation can be found at:  http://leg.colorado.gov/node/1221201/.

10:27:53 AM  

Ms. Ris responded to a committee question regarding deadlines for the grant application process.

10:34:14 AM  

Ms. Ris discussed the Homestake Arkansas River Diversion Improvements project and the Florida Canal Diversion Structure Rehabilitation project, which were funded by a Colorado Water Plan grant.

10:55:00 AM  

Ms. Ris responded to committee questions regarding conservation projects funded by Colorado Water Plan grants.



Species Conservation Trust Fund Success Stories - Committee Discussion Only


11:00:18 AM  

Matt Kondratieff, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, presented success stories of projects funded from the Species Conservation Trust Fund.  A copy of the presentation can be found at  http://leg.colorado.gov/node/1221201/.

11:17:52 AM  
Ms. Ris discussed various programs funded
through the Species Conservation Trust Fund.  A copy of her presentation
can be found at:
http://leg.colorado.gov/node/1221201/.
11:29:56 AM  

Don Ament, Platte River Recovery Implementation Program Governance Committee, discussed recent activities of the program.  Committee members received a handout about the program from Mr. Ament [Attachment A].

11:40:01 AM  

Mr. Ament responded to committee questions regarding the program.



Potable Reuse - Committee Discussion Only


11:47:41 AM  

John Rehring, Water Reuse Colorado, and Ron Falco, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), presented an overview of ongoing work regarding the potential for direct potable reuse in Colorado.  A copy of the presentation can be found at: http://leg.colorado.gov/node/1221201/.

12:15:59 PM  

Mr. Rehring and Mr. Falco responded to committee questions regarding reuse in Colorado.

12:16:28 PM  

The committee recessed.



HB16-1256 South Platte Storage Study - Committee Discussion Only


01:35:51 PM  

The committee reconvened. Joe Frank, Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District, and Mary Presecan, Leonard Rice Engineers, presented the South Platte Storage Study pursuant to House Bill 16-1256. A copy of the presentation can be found at: http://leg.colorado.gov/node/1221201/.

01:52:16 PM  

Mr. Frank and Ms. Presecan responded to committee questions about the study.

02:18:57 PM  

Mr. Frank discussed on-going work by the South Platte Regional Opportunities Working Group (SPROWG).  A presentation about SPROWG can be found at: http://leg.colorado.gov/node/1221201/.



Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials - Committee Discussion Only


02:35:11 PM  

Jennifer Opila, Radiation Program Manager, CDPHE, presented an overview of the regulation of Technologically Enhanced Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (TENORM) in Colorado.  Ms. Opila also discussed Senate Bill 18-245, which concerns TENORM.

02:37:24 PM  

Ms. Opila responded to committee questions related to TENORM.



Report on HB17-1285 Refinance Water Polution Control Program Act - Committee Discussion Only


02:54:34 PM  

Patrick Pfaltzgraff, Director, Water Quality Control Division, and Nicole Rowan, Clean Water Program Manager, both representing CDPHE, presented the Refinance Water Pollution Control Program Act report, as required by House Bill 17-1285.  Committee members received a copy of the presentation  [Attachment B].

03:08:37 PM  

Mr. Pfaltzgraff and Ms. Rowan responded to committee questions regarding its Clean Water Program and Safe Drinking Water Program.



Public Testimony - Committee Discussion Only


03:38:49 PM  
Dave Miller, representing himself, testified
about a regional clean water and energy solution in Colorado.  He
distributed a letter to the committee [Attachment C].  Mr. Miller
responded to committee questions.
03:53:31 PM  

Bill Skewes, representing the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, testified about the report required by House Bill 17-1285.



Draft Legislation Process and Deadlines - Committee Discussion Only


03:59:02 PM  
Jennifer Berman, Office of Legislative Legal Services, discussed interim committee deadlines and presented a handout to the committee [Attachment D].
03:59:49 PM  

Clare Pramuk, Legislative Council Staff, discussed the fiscal note process for the committee.


04:12:28 PM   Committee Adjourned