Climate Prediction Center: The latest ENSO discussion is hot off the press #codrought #cowx

January 12, 2013

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From the CPC. Here’s the synopsis:

ENSO-neutral is favored through Northern Hemisphere spring 2013.


Aspinall Unit: Next operations meeting January 24

January 12, 2013

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From email from Reclamtion (Dan Crabtree):

The January Aspinall Operations Meeting will be held on January 24th, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Express in Montrose, Colorado. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. Discussion will include a review of 2012 operations and a preview of the coming year’s operations.

More Aspinall Unit coverage here.


Frederick: Water rates jump 20.2 percent

January 12, 2013

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From the Carbon Valley Farmer and Miner (Ben Wiebesiek):

The 20.2-percent rate increase was approved Nov. 27. Trustee Rafer Burnham voted against the increase. Frederick water customers will see the new rate go into effect on the first water bill of the year. Town Manager Matt LeCerf said the changes to the water utility ordinance were significant but necessary…

The Central Weld County Water District, which treats and provides water to Frederick, introduced a new method for calculating costs. This resulted in a 19-percent increase in the cost of the town’s potable water supply…

When designing the proposed rate structures, town staff included the first 3,000 gallons of water used within the base rate.

More infrastructure coverage here.


Parker: ‘They don’t go dry out there’ — Ken Wright

January 12, 2013

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Back when Governor Hickenlooper was first on the scene as Mayor Hickenlooper he hosted a series about water at the Museum of Nature and Science. Ken Wright was on hand to introduce Frank Jaeger, the General Manager of the Parker Water and Sanitation District.

“They don’t go dry out there,” said Wright. That’s the ultimate compliment for a water provider.

Mr. Jaeger is now officially retired. Here’s report the Parker Chronicle (Chris Michlewicz):

“I’ve always understood that I had a reputation, a sort of toughness. It intimidated people, and I let it intimidate some people when it was necessary for the benefit of the district,” he says. “If people want to denigrate me for that fact, I don’t care.”

Despite departing earlier than expected — Jaeger frequently pledged to retire when he died, but was forced out after a change in board leadership — the 67-year-old is leaving with his head held high. He said he never compromised the integrity of the position and has “done all I can do for Parker Water.”

At the recommendation of a neighbor, Jaeger joined the board of directors for the fledgling, financially troubled PWSD in 1981. He soon became its manager and was instrumental in turning around a district that was headed in the wrong direction. Since that time, Jaeger has slowly built up the district’s infrastructure, received permission to divert excess flows from Cherry Creek, and got public authorization to build Rueter-Hess Reservoir, which at the time was the first federally approved off-stream reservoir in more than 20 years.

Jaeger, of Elizabeth, plans to enjoy his retirement by golfing (without keeping score), hunting, fishing and taking vacations with his wife, but will continue to offer guidance on water issues that affect Colorado. He is a lifetime member of the Colorado Water Congress and will regularly visit the Capitol to review the merits of proposed legislation.

“They know I won’t be silent and will give honest opinions,” he said.

More Parker coverage here.


Castle Rock: The town council recently reviewed the long-term water plan

January 12, 2013

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From the Castle Rock News-Press (Rhonda Moore):

During one of their last meetings of 2012, councilmembers had their final public meeting with former utilities director Ron Redd, with word that Redd’s efforts of the last year could begin to take shape in 2013. Those efforts are designed to help Castle Rock wean itself from its underground water sources and, within the next 20 years, transition to a 75 percent renewable source. The proposed solutions include a series of 11 wells in Adams County’s Box Elder Farm, projected to provide up to 3,000 acre-feet of water, and the Water Infrastructure and Supply Efficiency regional partnership, projected to provide up to 1,000 acre-feet of water for Castle Rock residents…

The WISE agreement, which involves the participation of 11 water providers in an effort to purchase return flows from Denver and Aurora, remains in draft form as the partnership works out a number of issues, Redd said. Among the issues are agreeing on a reasonable solution to set long-term water rates; how to address impacts from climate changes; purchasing the pipelines to move the water from Aurora to Rueter-Hess reservoir; meeting the demands of the Army Corp of Engineers for permission to store the water in Rueter-Hess; and awaiting final approval from eight Western Slope entities to permit Denver and Aurora to sell the water to the WISE partners. Councilmembers can expect staff presentations within the first three to six months of 2013 for terms of the agreements necessary to secure a long-term water supply, Redd said…

Next steps in Castle Rock’s water acquisition:

  • WISE water delivery agreement with Denver and Aurora.
  • WISE participation agreement among 11 South Metro water providers.
  • WISE transmission pipeline agreement.
  • Stillwater Resources brokerage agreement to represent Castle Rock in Box Elder Farms negotiations
  • Box Elder Farms purchase and sale agreement.
  • Various augmentation supply purchase term sheets or agreements.
  • More infrastructure coverage here.


    CWCB: The next meeting of the Water Availability Task Force is January 23 #codrought #cowx

    January 12, 2013

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    Update: Click here for the agenda.

    Click here for the details.

    I plan to live-Tweet the shindig @CoyoteGulch.

    More CWCB coverage here.


    Colorado River Cooperative Agreement: Slow, steady progress seen #coriver

    January 12, 2013

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    From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Dennis Webb):

    Negotiations to finalize a sweeping in-state water agreement for the Colorado River Basin continue to drag on, but holdout Western Slope entities have conditionally approved it pending resolution of outstanding issues.

    The proposed deal was announced in April 2011 and involves Denver Water and more than 30 Western Slope entities. In September, Peter Fleming, general counsel for the Colorado River Water Conservation District, based in Glenwood Springs, expressed hope that it would be finalized by the end of October. But final approval continues to await the conclusion of negotiations on two major issues ­­­— the senior water right for Xcel Energy’s Shoshone Power Plant in Glenwood Canyon and future administration of Green Mountain Reservoir near Kremmling.

    Conditional approvals to the overall deal have been given by the river district and all Grand Valley entities involved with the it.

    More Colorado River Cooperative Agreement coverage here.


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