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Bill Detail: SB19-221

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Title CO Water Conservation Board Construction Fund Project
Status Sent to the Governor (05/10/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Water
House Sponsors D. Roberts (D)
Senate Sponsors K. Donovan (D)
House Committee State, Veterans, and Military Affairs
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 03/29/2019
Description

The bill appropriates the following amounts from the Colorado
water conservation board (CWCB) construction fund (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, $175,000 (section 3);
  • Continuation of the Colorado Mesonet project, $150,000
(section 4);
  • Continuation of instream flow engineering support
services, $250,000 (section 5);
  • Acquisition of LIDAR data, $200,000 (section 6); and
  • Technical assistance grants for beneficiaries of the federal
Colorado River Storage Project Act, $200,000 (section
7
);
The state treasurer will make the following transfers from the
fund:
  • Up to $2,000,000 on July 1, 2019, to the litigation fund
(section 8); and
  • $2,500,000 on June 30, 2019, to the water supply reserve
fund (section 9).
Section 10 appropriates $17,500,000 from the fund to the CWCB
for continuing implementation of the state water plan as follows:
  • Up to $4,000,000 to support watershed health goals;
  • 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 agricultural projects;
  • 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 environmental and recreational
projects;
  • Up to $1,000,000 to provide continued funding for the
alternative agricultural grant program; and
  • Up to $5,500,000 to fund updates to basin implementation
plans, improve basin data collection and metrics for
tracking state water plan implementation, and for use of the
data for future updates of the state water plan.
Section 11 authorizes the CWCB to make loans up to $15,150,000
from the fund for the Walker recharge project, a water supply retiming
effort that uses the alluvial aquifer of the South Platte river to increase
irrigation opportunities for agricultural production.
Current law:
  • Makes money appropriated for use in Republican river
matters available until June 30, 2019; section 12 extends
availability until the money is fully expended;
  • Authorizes and directs the state treasurer to transfer
$200,000 from the from the fund to the feasibility study
small grant fund; section 13 makes this an annual
obligation on July 1 of each year and increases the transfer
cap to $500,000 in order to restore the unencumbered
balance in the fund up to $500,000; and
  • Creates the flood and drought response fund; section 14
authorizes and directs the state treasurer to annually
transfer money on July 1 of each year from the fund to the
flood and drought response fund to restore the
unencumbered balance in the fund to $500,000.
Section 15 changes a continuing annual transfer established in
statute of $10 million from the severance tax perpetual base fund to the
fund for implementation of the state water plan to a single transfer of $10
million on July 1, 2019.

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