DROUGHT PLAN DRAMA
At the Colorado River Water Users Association conference earlier this month, Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman told the states that share the Colorado River that they have until January 31 to approve an almost-finished plan to keep water levels in Lakes Mead and Powell from crashing. If they fail, she will start pushing a federal government solution through the rulemaking process. This KUNC piece captures the flavor of the discussion, while this Arizona Republic article points out that the plan would only be the first step in adjusting to a smaller river. This High Country News article summarizes the tensions within each of the Colorado River Basin States in relation to the draft plan.
TRIBAL WATER STUDY RELEASED
The Bureau of Reclamation and the Ten Tribes Partnership have released the long-awaited Tribal Water Study, which you can access here. The study documents how the tribes in the partnership currently use their water in the Colorado River Basin, projects future water development, and describes potential effects of tribal water development on the Colorado River System.
SNOWPACK ACCUMULATION STALLS
Colorado River Basin snowpack accumulation has leveled off recently, dropping closer to the median in the Upper Colorado Mainstem, Yampa and Duchesne sub-basins and dropping or staying below the median in the Upper Green, Gunnison and San Juan sub-basins. Details are in this CO Climate Center/ NIDIS Weekly Climate, Water and Drought Assessment for the Intermountain West.
NATURE CONSERVANCY - COLO RIVER PROGRAM
The Nature Conservancy has an opening for a Director of External Affairs for the Colorado River Program. For details, go to www.nature.org/careers
and search for job 47157.
SGM has several openings for engineers on CO's Western Slope, including a drinking water engineering position in Glenwood Springs and civil engineering positions in Grand Junction and Gunnison. Details here.
COLORADO WATERWISE JOB BOARD
Check here for water conservation-related jobs.
JOSH'S WATER JOBS
Rich listing of water jobs all over the world can be searched here.
CO WATERSHED PROJECTS
List of riparian restoration funding opportunities maintained by RiversEdge West.
The CO Division of Water Quality is now accepting grant applications for projects that address water quality impairments caused by nonpoint sources of selenium, sediment, pathogens and/or nutrients or that protect waterbodies from degradation caused by nonpoint source pollution. Question deadline Jan 8, application deadline Feb 4. Details here.
RIPARIAN RESTORATION FUNDING
COLORADO WATER CONS BOARD GRANTS
The Colorado Water Conservation Board provides grants for numerous water-related projects. Details here.
UTAH DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES
Funding is available for projects to conserve, protect, or more efficiently use water supplies, develop new water, or provide flood control. Details here.
WATER CENTER EVENTS
2019 Water Course February 11, 18 & 25 in CMU's University Center Ballroom. This three-evening seminar series will cover CO water law, regional hydrology, impacts of drought and aridification, and drought contingency planning.
2019 Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum, Nov 13-14, CMU University Center.
AROUND THE REGION
For riparian restoration events
For details on monthly Wyoming Water Forum meetings and webinars, click here.
around the west, click here.
For water events in CO's Roaring Fork Valley, click here.
For water events in CO's Eagle River Watershed, click here.
For water events in CO's Uncompahgre Valley, click here.
Yampa/ White Basin Roundtable, Jan 9, Craig, CO
Southwest Basin Roundtable Meeting, Jan 9, Cortez, CO
Water Expo and White River Conservation District Annual Meeting, Jan 17, Meeker, CO
Colorado Water Congress Annual Convention, Jan 30 - Feb 1, Denver, CO
Snow School for Water Managers, Feb 20-22, Silverton, CO
Water in the West Symposium, March 13-14, Aurora, CO
Club 20 Winter Water Policy Meeting, March 14, Grand Junction, CO
Utah Water Users Association Annual Workshop, March 18-20, St. George, UT
First annual Water Futures Games (successor to the Colorado Water Workshop), May 29-31, Gunnison, CO
Animas and San Juan Watersheds Conference: Successes and Challenges from the Headwaters to Lake Powell, June 18-21, abstracts due April 15, Farmington, NM