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I_WRRC_2019A 09/12/2019 10:36:01 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
INTERIM COMMITTEE  WATER RESOURCES REVIEW COMMITTEE
Date 09/12/2019
Attendance
Arndt *
Bridges R
Catlin X
Coram X
Danielson X
McLachlan X
Saine *
Sonnenberg X
Roberts X
Donovan X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Time 10:36:01 AM to 03:52:53 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Donovan
This Report was prepared by Jimmy Reed
Hearing Items Action Taken
Update from Water Education Colorado Committee Discussion Only
Overview of Colorado's Headwaters Committee Discussion Only
Proposition DD: Legalization and Taxation of Sports Betting Committee Discussion Only
Technologies to Monitor, Conserve, and Trade Water Resources Committee Discussion Only
Potential Water Applications of Blockchain Technologies in Colorado Committee Discussion Only
Update from Colorado Water Congress Instream Flow Subgroup Committee Discussion Only
Requests for Committee Legislation Committee Drafts Approved

10:36:03 AM

Senator Donovan called the meeting to order.  All presentations can be found at https://leg.colorado.gov/node/1480911/.  



Update from Water Education Colorado - Committee Discussion Only


10:36:29 AM  

Jayla Poppleton, Executive Director, Water Education Colorado, updated the committee on the recent activities of Water Education Colorado, including its Headwaters Magazine, Citizen Guides, Fresh Water News, Water Fluency Program, Water Leaders Program, past events, the statewide education action plan, and upcoming events and trainings.  Ms. Poppleton responded to committee questions.



Overview of Colorado's Headwaters - Committee Discussion Only


11:02:31 AM  

Torie Jarvis, Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, updated the committee on the perspectives and challenges of Colorado's headwater region. She discussed defining characteristics, environmental and economic impacts, water quality, climate change, land use and water planning, tools to address challenges, and potential solutions.  Ms. Jarvis responded to committee questions.



Proposition DD: Legalization and Taxation of Sports Betting - Committee Discussion Only


11:31:26 AM  

Luisa Altmann, Amanda King, and Meredith Moon, Legislative Council Staff (LCS) updated the committee on the LCS voter information booklet analysis of Proposition DD concerning the legalization and taxation of sports betting (Attachment A). The panel responded to committee questions.  Matt Becker, LCS, addressed additional committee questions.



Technologies to Monitor, Conserve, and Trade Water Resources - Committee Discussion Only


11:58:02 AM  

The committee recessed.

01:32:16 PM  

The committee came back to order.  Dr. Evan Thomas, Director, Mortenson Center at the University of Colorado, discussed new technologies to help monitor, meter, conserve, and trade water, including sensors, telemetry, and blockchain.      

01:49:39 PM  

Dr. Thomas explained how blockchain technologies work, discussed how they could be used within Colorado, and responded to committee questions.



Potential Water Applications of Blockchain Technologies in Colorado - Committee Discussion Only


02:01:42 PM  

Thaddeus Batt, Governor's Office of Information Technology, discussed potential blockchain solutions for water governance and applications of blockchain technology in Colorado, and responded to committee questions.



Update from Colorado Water Congress Instream Flow Subgroup - Committee Discussion Only


02:54:32 PM  

Aaron Citron, TNC, and Kathleen Curry, Ute Water Conservancy District, updated the the committee on the Colorado Water Congress instream flow subgroup.  Mr. Citron and Ms. Curry responded to committee questions.  Linda Bassi, CWCB staff, responded to committee questions about the state's instream flow loan program.



Requests for Committee Legislation - Committee Drafts Approved


03:35:59 PM  

Tom Morris, Office of Legislative Legal Services, updated the committee on the interim bill drafting process.



03:40:52 PM
Motion Draft legislation to require legislative oversight of sports betting overflow money.
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Arndt
Bridges Remote
Catlin
Coram
Danielson
McLachlan
Saine
Sonnenberg
Roberts
Donovan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:42:34 PM
Motion Draft legislation requiring public review of water demand management and drought contingency plans
Moved Coram
Seconded
Arndt
Bridges Remote
Catlin
Coram
Danielson
McLachlan
Saine
Sonnenberg
Roberts
Donovan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:43:11 PM
Motion Draft legislation to study blockchain technology for water management
Moved Arndt
Seconded
Arndt
Bridges Remote
Catlin
Coram
Danielson
McLachlan
Saine
Sonnenberg
Roberts
Donovan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:48:05 PM
Motion Draft legislation expanding Senate Bill 13-073 to individual CDPHE permits
Moved Sonnenberg
Seconded
Arndt
Bridges Remote
Catlin
Coram
Danielson
McLachlan
Saine
Sonnenberg
Roberts
Donovan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:48:47 PM
Motion Draft legislation increasing the number of well inspectors in the Division of Water Resources
Moved Saine
Seconded
Arndt
Bridges Remote
Catlin
Coram
Danielson
McLachlan
Saine
Sonnenberg
Roberts
Donovan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:49:58 PM
Motion Draft legislation prohibiting speculation in water
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Arndt
Bridges Remote
Catlin
Coram
Danielson
McLachlan
Saine
Sonnenberg
Roberts
Donovan
YES: 0   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  Pass Without Objection


03:52:53 PM   The committee adjourned.






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