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2010 Instream Flow Recommendations and ISF Workshop
Colorado Water Conservation Board

Staff is now accepting new instream flow recommendations through February 28, 2010 for potential incorporation into Colorado’s Instream Flow and Natural Lake Level Program.

Pursuant to section 37-92-102(3), C.R.S. (2009), staff is formally requesting recommendations from the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, as well as the United States Department of Agriculture and Department of Interior. In addition, any other person or entity may submit a recommendation at this time. All recommendations must be in writing with specificity and must describe the natural environment to be preserved as well as quantify the amount of water necessary to preserve said natural environment to a reasonable degree.

The earliest these recommendations could be brought to the Board for appropriation is January 2011. A preliminary notice of all recommendations that are received by the February 28, 2010 deadline will be provided to this subscription mailing list in March 2010 and to the CWCB at its March meeting. A final notice will be provided in November 2010. All recommendations will be posted on the CWCB’s website.

Note that previously submitted recommendations that have been postponed for various reasons do not need to be resubmitted. Staff will continue to process these recommendations and address issues with the recommending entities and stakeholders.

ISF Workshop
The CWCB staff will not hold an ISF workshop this year. Based upon preliminary discussions with the major recommending entities, it appears that there will be few new recommendations for discussion at a workshop. In addition, not holding the workshop will save staff time and resources in recognition of the state budget crisis. However, public outreach efforts will continue as staff processes the recommendations that it receives. Staff will discuss all new recommendations with the Board at its March 2010 meeting.

For more information on the new appropriation process, please visit:

If you are interested in more information regarding new instream flow and natural lake level recommendations, please contact Jeff Baessler at 303-866-3441 x3202 or Robert Viehl at x3237.

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