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Hutchins Water Center @ CMU E-Newsletter 5/19/17
 
News

WINDY GAP FIRMING APPROVED
The US Army Corps of Engineers has issued the final federal permit required for the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District to construct a reservoir that will allow it to divert more water from the Colorado River at the existing Windy Gap diversion dam. This blog post from Coyote Gulch includes summaries and links for project information and news coverage.

ALTERNATIVE AG TRANS REPORT
The Colorado Water Institute has released a special report on how to advance in Colorado with Alternative Transfer Methods (ATMs), which move water from agriculture to other uses without permanently drying up farmland. The recommendations include establishing separate working groups for ATM's to provide water for urban use and ATM's to facilitate Colorado River Compact compliance.  


LOWER GUNNI FLOW TARGETS 

According to this May 17 update from the Bureau of Reclamation, the May 15 forecast runoff into Blue Mesa Reservoir is down slightly, from 850,000 acre feet forecast on May 1 to 825,000 acre-feet. This is still 122% of the 30-year average but moves the water year classification from "Moderately Wet" to "Average Wet" and reduces flow targets to benefit endangered fish. The new peak flow target for the Gunnison at Whitewater  is 14,040 cubic feet/ second (cfs) for two days, with halfbank full flows of 8,070 for 20 days. The schedule for releases and projected flows below the Gunnison Tunnel are in the update


Jobs
COLORADO RIVER DIST - COMMUNIC DIR
The Colorado River District is seeking applicants for the position of Communications Director. Details here

TROUT UNLIMITED YAMPA-WHITE PROJECT
Colorado Trout Unlimited is seeking applicants for the position of Yampa-White Project Coordinator. 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.

Grants
GUNNISON BASIN IRRIGATION PROJECTS    
Additional funding has become available for irrigation improvement projects in the Lower Gunnison Basin. Details here.  

WATERSHED GROUP FUNDING
List of funding opportunities maintained by the Colorado Watershed Assembly.


RIPARIAN RESTORATION FUNDING 
List of riparian restoration funding opportunities maintained by the Tamarisk Coalition.

COLORADO WATER CONS BOARD GRANTS
The Colorado Water Conservation Board provides grants for numerous water-related projects. Details here

 
Events

WATER CENTER EVENTS
Colorado Basin Roundtable Integrated Water Planning Stakeholder Meeting, June 1, 1-3, Glenwood Springs Public Library. Purpose: review and comment on mapping and data visualization tools under development. For more information or to RSVP, email hholm@coloradomesa.edu.    

Workshop: Setting Watershed-Scale Priorities in Riparian Restoration, September 26-27, CMU University Center, Grand Junction, CO. This workshop is being organized by the Center for Colorado River Studies at Utah State University and hosted by the Hutchins Water Center. 

Upper Colorado River Basin Water Forum: Stories from the Field, Nov 1-2, 2017. CMU University Center, Grand Junction, CO. Abstracts due June 30!

EVENTS AROUND THE REGION
For riparian restoration events around the west, click here.

For water events in the Roaring Fork Valley, click here.

For water events in the Eagle River Watershed, click here.  

Colorado Basin Roundtable meeting, May 22, Glenwood Springs, CO. 

US Army Corps of Engineers Denver Regulatory Office workshop on permit requirements, May 24, Littleton, CO.  

San Juan Mining & Reclamation Conference, May 24-26,Ouray, CO.

Gunnison Basin State of the River meeting, May 31, Montrose, CO. 


Climate and Colorado's Water Future Workshop, June 1, Boulder, CO. 

Yampa State of the River Meeting, June 1, Steamboat Springs, CO. 

Workshop: Gravel Mine to Greenspace: Community-Directed Approaches to Mine Reclamation and River Restoration, June 1-2, Paonia, CO. 

North Fork River Festival & Float, June 3,
Paonia, CO. 

Gunnison Basin Roundtable meeting, June 5,
Montrose, CO
. 

Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum, June 7-9,
Moran, WY

Martz Summer Conference: Fighting Back on the Colorado River: Carving out Progress on Multiple Fronts, June 8-9, Boulder, CO. 

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) Workshop, June 12, Grand Lake, CO. 

Southwest Colorado Basin Tour, June 13-14, Telluride, CO. 

 
Gunnison River Teacher Institute, June 19-23, Gunnison, CO. 

2nd annual Conference on Environmental Conditions of the Animas and San Juan Watersheds, June 20-22, Farmington, NM. 

Colorado Water Workshop, June 21-23, Gunnison, CO.  

iUtah Summer Symposium: Utah’s Water Future: Critical Outcomes, Lasting Impact, July 13, Logan, UT.   

Glenwood Springs River Clean-up, July 15, Glenwood Springs, CO. 
 

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Many thanks to the Water Center at CMU's Lake Powell ($2,500+) and Cataract Canyon ($1,000+) level supporters:
Chevron  Walton Family Foundation  Colorado Water Conservation Board    Colorado River District
Grand Valley Water Users Association   Ute Water   Shell  City of Grand Junction  
Grand Valley Irrigation Company  Western Colorado Community Foundation   Xcel Energy


Additional supporters are recognized on our website. 

www.coloradomesa.edu/Water-Center
Email: hholm@coloradomesa.edu Phone:970-248-1968

 




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