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  • Welcome – anyone new? Brief overviewIntroductions
  • PSOP – The plan identified enlargement of Lake Pueblo and Turquoise Lake as the best ways to increase storage in the Arkansas River basin. But after 12 years, PSOP looks increasingly unlikely.
  • Water is in short supply. In the comingdecades, there could be a gap between watersupply and demand of as much as half amillion acre-feet or more per year. The entirestate is put at risk by this scenario, but it isparticularly threatening to Colorado’s ruralcommunities.
  • What we doknow is Colorado’s Water Plan will be balanced and will reflect Colorado’s best values. Thegovernor’s executive order specifies that Colorado’s Water Plan must promote a productiveeconomy that supports vibrant and sustainable businesses and cities, viable and productiveagriculture, and a robust skiing, recreation and tourism industry. The plan must further efficient andeffective water infrastructure promoting smart land use and a strong environment that includeshealthy watersheds, rivers and streams, and wildlife.
  • These are the 9 roundtables created from HB 1177Each of the 9 roundtables will create a BIPPopulation is in metro , south platt and arkansasa set of designated members, 10 at-large members, non-voting members, agency liaisons and the CWCB Board member from each basin.There are 34 voting members of the Colorado BRT
  • We are entering an era of increasing competition for water.
  • 500,000 to 700,000 acres ag to urban transfers Statewide
  • That plan calls for releasing more water than would otherwise be the case from the Aspinall Unit of dams on the Gunnison River, as well as Navajo Lake and Flaming Gorge; voluntary, compensated release of water rights by some users; and continued work to augment existing supplies.
  • -Needs assessed include consumptive needs (for agriculture and towns) and nonconsumptive needs (for the environment and recreation). You will hear more about these analyses from our next speakers. -The Roundtable can direct funds to projects that will address identified needs. - On this slide you can see the extensive area the Roundtable covers, as well as a couple of the key controlling “calls” on the river that keep it running the way we are used to.
  • Visioning document White Paper, West Slope PrincipalsDeveloped themes from PLT’s, public, and interviewsGoals and Measureable outcomes (3 PLT’s)ActionsShort term actionsLong term actionsConstraints and opportunitiesMain-stem administration and management issues GIS maps of each region/county/watershedPublic outreach activitiesWater provider interviewsWest Slope Caucus All of this is iterative and subject to your input!SWSI Roaring Fork Conservancy/Watershed Report
  • Continuation of Public OutreachApril Implementation StrategiesMay and June finalize report, feedback, reviews, resolutions?July 15 Draft BIP due to CWCB (July 16..go fishing)December 2014 Draft to GovernorBuilding off existing SWSI information and other sourcesNonconsumptive Needs Assessment (NCNA)
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    • 1. Pitkin County Town Hall Public Meeting April 10, 2014
    • 2. Agenda  Pitkin County/Roaring Fork Watershed  Background  Colorado Basin Roundtable  Colorado Water Plan  Basin Implementation Plan (BIP)  BIP Project Status  Where have we been?  Where are we going?  Questions/Breakout Sessions
    • 3. Pitkin County/Roaring Fork Watershed  Water Supply (vulnerable to drought/forest health/FryArk)  FryArk  “PSOP” - Preferred Storage Options Plan  Drought  Forest health  Nonconsumptive critical reaches (low flow)  Roaring Fork – City of Aspen  Roaring Fork – above confluence with the Fryingpan River  Crystal River  Federal lands/permitting  Ruedi Reservoir  Pre 1922 water rights  Conditional water rights  RICD’s (Recreational In-Channel Diversion)
    • 4. Pitkin County/Roaring Fork Watershed – Moving Forward  More regional cooperation is needed  Roaring Fork River Watershed  Roaring Fork Efficiency Plan (conservation focus will increase)  Prepare for Compact Call and drought
    • 5. Background  Basin Roundtables  Colorado Water Plan  Basin Implementation Plan (BIP)
    • 6. Governor’s Executive Order - What?  Executive Order signed in May of 2013  Prepared by the 9 Roundtables (BIP)  Plan has to show how we meet the consumptive and nonconsumptive Gap  48,000 AFY Consumptive Gap  64 Critical Reaches Nonconsumptive Gap  Planning horizon is 2050  Draft BIPs to State by July 2014
    • 7. Yampa/White Gunnison Southwest Rio Grande Arkansas South Platte Metro North Platte Colorado
    • 8. Governor’s Executive Order-Why?  Population  Statewide growth to double from 5 to 10 million  Fastest growth will be in the Colorado Basin Counties, more than 240%  Pitkin County growth projected to be 71%
    • 9. Colorado Basin Population Projections County 2000 Population 2030 Population Increase in Population 2000 to 2030 Percent Change 2000 to 2030 Percent Annual Growth Rate Eagle 43,300 86,900 43,600 101 2.3 Garfield 43,800 119,900 76,100 274 5.2 Grand 12,900 28,800 15,900 123 2.7 Mesa 116,250 220,600 104,350 190 3.8 Pitkin 15,900 27,200 11,300 71 1.8 Summit 25,700 50,400 24,700 96 2.3 TOTAL 248,000 492,600 244,600 99 2.3 Population doubling Ref: SWSI and AGNC
    • 10. Population – Increasing, No “New” Water….Reallocation of existing use. Many uses compete for a scarce and limited water supply Municipal & Industrial 9% Agriculture 86% Recreation Environment 16 Graphics provided by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education.
    • 11. Governor’s Executive Order-Why?  The “Gap” between future demand and future projects is real….500,000 acre-feet per year  Already planned projects (Windy Gap Firming, Moffat Collection ++)  How can we fill the “Gap”? Conservation Ag to Urban Transfers New Projects (Colorado Basin development) Graphics provided by the Colorado Foundation for Water
    • 12. Governor’s Executive Order-Why?  Threats, Challenges, and Issues  Compact Calls  Transbasin diversions (new supply)  Endangered Species  Growth separation of land use and water planning  Energy/Conditional Water Rights  Shoshone Call  Loss of agriculture (transfer of water rights)  Climate change  Water quality degradation  Interstate issues
    • 13. Imbalances between Supply and Demand (US BOR) - Exacerbate Current Stresses
    • 14. Lake Powell Elevations
    • 15. Your Opportunity  CWP is an opportunity to transition from an individual perspective to a regional perspective.
    • 16. Colorado Basin Roundtable Tasks  Assess internal needs & identify projects to meet them  Negotiate how to meet state needs
    • 17. BIP Project Status – Where Have we Been?
    • 18. Nonconsumptive Needs Assessment (NCNA)  Part of the Statewide Water Supply Initiative (SWSI) 2010  Environmental and recreational mapping – focus areas and projects and methods  Habitat restoration (bank stabilization or instream habitat restoration)  Flow protection [voluntary flow agreements, instream flow (ISF) donations, voluntary re-operation of reservoirs for environmental and recreational benefit]
    • 19. Nonconsumptive Needs Assessment (NCNA)  Attributes at risk  Water quality/Temperature  Geomorphic function  Riparian/wetlands ecological function  Aquatic ecological function  Recreational boating  #1 Factor affecting attributes - FLOW  Quantification of “at-risk” reaches = 64+
    • 20. Nonconsumptive Needs Focus Map
    • 21. Roundtable Themes  Local control  Land use - connection with water use  Healthy rivers  Not just flat, but supporting healthy biology  Multi-purpose projects  Existing reservoirs, restricted, better cooperation of review  Why reliance upon stream – vulnerable no redundancy  Save agriculture  Protect mainstem water rights operations  Regional cooperation  Themes change and evolve  Bottom line…No water to support other basins
    • 22. No Water to Support Other Basins  Colorado Basin already has 100,000 AFY ag shortage  SWSI - our basin will lose addl 80,000 acres  Water Providers vulnerable to drought and compact call  BOR study indicates shortage of 3.2 Million AFY with current hydrology (Lake Powell and Mead)  64 critical reaches already (headwater streams impaired)  Uncertain future  Risk is non starter  Firming and IPP’s and growing into existing water rights will divert addl 150,000 AFY  Water quality problems in middle and lower basin  We already contribute 400,000 – 600,000 AFY
    • 23. Figures from report “Water and its Relationship to the Economies of the Headwaters Counties,” commissioned by the Northwest Colorado Council of
    • 24. Project Status – Where are we Going?
    • 25. Upcoming Meetings Colorado Basin Roundtable Meetings April 14, 2014, Glenwood Springs Community Center, noon – 4 p.m. April 28, 2014, Glenwood Springs Community Center, noon – 4 p.m. State of the River Meetings May 6, Summit County, (more info TBD) May 13, Grand County, 321 West Agate Avenue, Granby, CO, 6:00pm May 14, Middle Colorado State River meeting, Garfield County Library, 815 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO, 6:00pm May 15, Mesa County State of the River meeting, Mesa County City Hall, 250 North 5th Street, Grand Junction, CO, 6:00pm June 2, Gunnison County State of the River meeting (more info TBD) Eagle River Valley (more info TBD) 
    • 26. Thank You  This is your plan and project….we want to hear from You! You are driving this plan!  Breakout stations  Consumptive  Nonconsumptive (Enviro. and Rec.)  Agriculture  Policy