WATER COURSE 2/11, 18 & 25!
Our annual Water Course will be held at CMU this year and will feature Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs, as well as an impressive slate of other water experts. Topics include water law, cooperative initiatives on salinity control and riparian restoration, and current policy issues. Sponsorships are welcome! Details here.
NEW WATER RULES FOR GAS DEV
The Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) recently approved new water monitoring requirements for oil and gas development. Industry says they are too cumbersome, and environmental advocates say they are too weak. COGCC press release, rules here; Colorado Oil and Gas Association statement here; Environmental Defense Fund statement here.
CO LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS
State legislative proposals under discussion in Denver include SB 13-019, a law to ensure that farmers' water rights aren't put at risk if they enact conservation measures, and a proposal to allow more widespread use of graywater. Thanks to the Coyote Gulch blog for legislative coverage & links.
According to the US Drought Monitor, drought conditions in Colorado continue to range from moderate to exceptional, despite recent storms. Nationally, extreme drought persists in much of the midwest, and the 3-month forecast is grim. Jan 10 SNOTEL graphs show the Colorado Basin snowpack (in CO) at 60% of average for that date, and the Gunnison Basin snowpack at 62%.
SMALL CRAFT OPERATOR IN GJ
The US Fish & Wildlife Service is hiring a Small Craft Operators in Grand Junction, CO and Vernal, UT. Closes 1/18/13.
BIO SCIENCE TECH IN GJ
USFWS is also seeking applicants for a Biological Science Technician position in their Grand Junction office. Closes 1/16/13.
RIVER DISTRICT GRANT PROGRAM
The Colorado River District is accepting grant applications for projects to protect, enhance or develop water resources within the Colorado River Basin in Colorado. Deadline 1/31/13.
ALTERNATIVE AG TRANSFER GRANTS
The Colorado Water Conservation Board is seeking proposals for projects that would increase understanding of how to successfully design non-permanent transfers of water from farms that provide a long-term, reliable water supply while sustaining meaningful agricultural production. Deadline 4/15/13.
WATERSHED GROUP OPPORTUNITIES
List of funding opportunities maintained by the Colorado Watershed Assembly.
RIPARIAN RESTORATION FUNDING
Check for opportunities at the Restoration Connection.
FROM THE WATER CENTER
Snow Mastadon Project, Jan 17, 3:30pm & 7:00pm, CMU University Center Ballroom, organized by Ute Water. Learn how reservoir excavation near Snowmass led to the discovery of Ice Age animal skeletons! For maps & directions, click here.
Surface Creek Valley water meetings, Jan 29 in Orchard City & Jan 31 in Cedaredge, CO. Learn about water issues facing Colorado, the Gunnison River Basin and the Surface Creek Valley. Organized with the Grand Mesa Water Conservancy District.
Annual Water Course, Feb 11, 18 & 25, 6pm - 9pm, CMU University Center Ballroom, Grand Junction, CO.
River Crossings: Linking River Communities, March 11-15, CMU University Center, Grand Junction, CO: a week of presentations, panels and field trips highlighting recent advances and emerging issues in riparian restoration and river management practices.
AROUND THE REGION
For weekly Colorado Drought Assessment webinars (next one 1/15) from the Colorado Climate Center, click here.
For events across CO associated with "Colorado 2012" a statewide celebration of water, click here (still active in 2013).
Colorado Basin Roundtable meeting, Jan 14, 12-4pm, Colorado Springs, CO. Agenda here.
For riparian restoration events around the west, click here.
Colorado River District Board Meeting, Jan 15 -16, Glenwood Springs, CO. Topics include reservoir operations, Flaming Gorge Task Force, Colorado Basin Study and basin roundtable activity.
Habitat Partnership Program - CO Statewide Habitat Conference, Jan 16-18, Grand Junction, CO.
Middle Colorado Watershed Partnership meeting, presentations on healthy rivers & fish, Jan 16, 11am-1pm, near Glenwood Springs, CO.
Yampa-White Basin Roundtable meeting, Jan 16, 6pm, Craig, CO.
Landscape Irrigation Auditor Training, Jan 22-23,Berthoud, CO.
Webinars from EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities program, Jan 23, Feb 13, Feb 27, March 6, March 13, April 10, 2013.
3rd Annual Western Slope Soil Health Conference, Jan 24, 9am-4pm, Delta CO.
Ouray County Mine Tour on Skis & Snowshoes, Jan 26, Ouray, CO.
Colorado Water Congress Annual Convention, Jan 30 - Feb 1, Denver, CO.
Colorado Rural Water Association conference, Feb 11-14, Colorado Springs.
Southwestern Water Conservation District Board Meeting, Feb 13, Durango, CO.
Energy Forum & Expo, Feb 22, Grand Junction, CO.
Water Conservation Conference & Expo, Feb 28 - Mar 1, Albuquerque, NM.
Weed ID, Biology & Control, Mar 1, Grand Junction, CO.
Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance Annual Convention: Are your water rights in jeopardy?, March 6-8, Grand Junction, CO.