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Bill Detail: HB20-1403

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Title Colorado Water Conservation Board Construction Fund Project
Status Governor Signed (06/29/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Water
House Sponsors M. Catlin (R)
D. Roberts (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Sonnenberg (R)
K. Donovan (D)
House Committee Rural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate Committee State, Veterans and Military Affairs
Date Introduced 05/27/2020

The bill appropriates the following amounts from the Colorado
water conservation board (CWCB) construction fund to the CWCB or the
division of water resources in the department of natural resources for the
following projects:
  • Continuation of the satellite monitoring system operation

and maintenance, $380,000 (section 1 of the bill);
  • Continuation of the Colorado floodplain map
modernization program, $500,000 (section 2);
  • Continuation of the weather modification permitting
program, $350,000 (section 3);
  • Continuation of the Colorado Mesonet project, $150,000
(section 4);
  • Acquisition of LIDAR data, $200,000 (section 5);
  • Continuation of the Arkansas river decision support
system, $500,000 (section 6);
  • Continuation of the Colorado decision support system
operation and maintenance, $500,000 (section 7);
  • Continuation of the water forecasting partnership project,
$350,000 (section 8);
  • Continuation of the Colorado water loss control initiative,
$1,000,000 (section 9);
  • Continuation of the watershed restoration program,
$4,000,000 (section 10); and
  • Continuation of the alternative agricultural transfer
methods grant program, $750,000 (section 11).
The state treasurer will make the following transfers from the
CWCB construction fund:
  • Up to $2,000,000 on July 1, 2020, to the litigation fund
(section 12); and
  • $1,000,000 on July 1, 2020, to the fish and wildlife
resources fund (section 13).
Section 14 appropriates $7,500,000 to the CWCB to continue
implementation of the state water plan from the CWCB construction fund
to be used as follows:
  • Up to $3,000,000 to facilitate the development of
additional storage, artificial recharge into aquifers, and
dredging existing reservoirs;
  • Up to $1,000,000 for grant funding to implement long-term
strategies for conservation, land use, and drought planning;
  • Up to $500,000 for grants for water education, outreach,
and innovation efforts;
  • Up to $1,500,000 for agricultural projects; and
  • Up to $1,500,000 for environmental and recreational
The CWCB is authorized to make loans from the severance tax
perpetual base fund or the CWCB construction fund:
  • In an amount up to $23,230,000 to the Pueblo conservancy
district to bring levees up to federal emergency
management agency standards (section 15);
  • In an amount up to $17,250,800 to the Tunnel Water
Company to rehabilitate the Laramie-Poudre tunnel
(section 16); and
  • In an amount up to $90,000,000 to the southeastern
Colorado water conservancy district to provide nonfederal
cost-sharing funding for the Frying Pan-Arkansas project.
$10,000,000 is also transferred from the severance tax
perpetual base fund to the CWCB construction fund and
then appropriated from the CWCB construction fund for
the 2020-21 state fiscal year to the CWCB to grant money
to the southeastern Colorado water conservancy district for
the Frying Pan-Arkansas project (section 17).
Current law prohibits the CWCB from recommending treated
water distribution systems to the general assembly, and section 18
removes the prohibition.
Section 19 extends the CWCB's water efficiency grant program to
June 30, 2030.
Section 20 reduces the $1,700,000 appropriation made to the
CWCB in the 2019-20 state fiscal year for stakeholder outreach and
technical analysis regarding the development of a water resources demand
management program to $833,258, which amount is available to the
CWCB through the 2020-21 state fiscal year.
Current law authorizes an annual, continuous appropriation of
$150,000 from the CWCB construction fund to the Colorado water
conservation board for the ongoing operations of a water education
foundation, which is currently known as Water Education Colorado.
Section 21 repeals the continuous appropriation.

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