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I_WRRC_2019A 10/23/2019 01:04:37 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
INTERIM COMMITTEE  WATER RESOURCES REVIEW COMMITTEE
Date 10/23/2019
Attendance
Arndt X
Bridges E
Catlin X
Coram X
Danielson X
McLachlan E
Saine E
Sonnenberg X
Roberts X
Donovan X
X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call
Time 01:04:37 PM to 04:08:50 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Donovan
This Report was prepared by Matt Becker
Hearing Items Action Taken
Colorado Water Plan and Technical Update Committee Discussion Only
Update from Interbasin Compact Committee Committee Discussion Only
Updates from Basin Roundtables Committee Discussion Only
Public Testimony Committee Discussion Only

01:04:40 PM

Senator Donovan called the meeting to order.  All presentations are available at https://leg.colorado.gov/node/1480911/.



Colorado Water Plan and Technical Update - Committee Discussion Only


01:05:48 PM  

Lauren Ris, Deputy Director, and Greg Johnson, Water Supply Planning Chief, Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), updated the committee on the progress of the Colorado Water Plan, including the technical updates made in 2019, and distributed the Executive Summary (Attachment A).  

01:10:00 PM  

Mr. Ris stated that the CWCB's goals are to complete the plan on time, improve process, engage stakeholders, and incorporate feedback.

01:13:02 PM  

Mr. Johnson discussed the analysis and technical update, the basin implementation plan, the comprehensive update, and results.  He explained the use of new tools for data collection in agriculture, environmental flows, and municipal conservation.  He continued to discuss water demands by sector and future gaps.

01:38:20 PM  

Mr. Johnson and Ms. Ris discussed the timeline for future updates to the water plan and responded to committee questions.



Update from Interbasin Compact Committee - Committee Discussion Only


01:59:09 PM  

Russ George, Director, Interbasin Compact Committee (IBCC), updated the committee on the recent work of the IBCC, including its purpose, history, membership, current activity, and future direction.  Mr. George responded to committee questions.



Updates from Basin Roundtables - Committee Discussion Only


02:24:54 PM  

Jim Pokrandt, Colorado Basin Roundtable, Joanne Fagan, Gunnison Basin Roundtable, Ed Tolen, Southwest Basin Roundtable, and Tom Gray, Yampa/White/Green Basin, updated the committee on issues concerning their basins.  The panel responded to committee questions.

02:40:30 PM  

The Committee took a short recess.

02:57:16 PM  

Senator Donovan called the meeting back to order.

03:10:30 PM  

Mark Shea, Arkansas Basin Roundtable, Barbara Biggs, Metro Basin Roundtable, Ty Wattenberg, North Platte Basin Roundtable, Cleave Simpson, Rio Grande Basin Roundtable, and Garrett Vara, South Platte Basin Roundtable, proved updates about their basins. The panel responded to committee questions.



Public Testimony - Committee Discussion Only


04:03:49 PM  

Robert Sakata, representing himself, provided comments to the committee.


04:08:50 PM   The committee adjourned.






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