Register for the upcoming WEBINAR
Colorado Master Irrigator Program
Tuesday, April 4, 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Brandi Baquera, Master Irrigator Program Manager and
Paul Brittain, Farmer and Master Irrigator Program graduate
The Colorado Master Irrigator Program started in the Republican River Basin as a producer training and peer-to-peer learning program designed to help irrigators maintain productivity with less water. The program has now expanded into the San Luis Valley and another program is being developed for the Southwestern corner of the state. Join the webinar to learn about conservation- and efficiency-oriented irrigation management practices and tools being used by program graduates to maximize the value of their water and improve drought resiliency.
- Overview of the program (Brandi)
- Knowledge gained (Paul)
- Changes made and differences observed on the farm since taking the course (Paul)
- Discussion and Q & A (Brandi and Paul)
Register in advance at the Zoom link below:
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkf-qsrTksHt1AuvTjxmOlnbshzIFtFoKB
View the 'Water Plan Update and Colorado River Basin Issues' Webinar:
Recorded: Thursday, January 19, 2023
Presenters: Nora Flynn, Colorado Water Conservation
Board (CWCB) Senior Agricultural Water Specialist and Amy Ostdiek, Section Chief of the Interstate, Federal and Water Information Section, CWCB
- Ag-focused elements of the updated Colorado Water Plan
- The Colorado River Basin dilemma and where Colorado stands
- Funding for agricultural water projects
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View the Drought Resilient Forages recorded webinar.
Recorded: Dec. 20, 2022 12:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Presenter: Don Hijar, Agronomist and Owner, Pawnee Buttes Seed Inc.
• Sod-Bound: The Dreaded Surface Thatch Layer - Causes and Solutions
• Drought Tolerant Seed Mixes for Irrigated and Dry Land
• Does Inter-seeding Work?
Plus Q & A at the end.
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Read the webinar Highlights.
CWA Section 404 "Dredge and Fill" Regulations and Exemptions for Agriculture
As a wrap-up to our ag water focused webinar series during the winter of 2022, Colorado Cattlemen's Ag Water NetWORK created a series of short videos focused on Section 404 “dredge and fill” exemptions and permits for agriculture. The videos were created from a recent recorded presentation given by Tucker Feyder, Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Grand Junction, CO office.
The short videos focus on non-regulated activities, specific exemptions for agricultural irrigation and farming practices, and the new Regional General Permit #5, which was created to cover jurisdictional ditch lining and piping, and other related activities.
Descriptions and links to the videos are bulleted below. Colorado Association of Conservation Districts and the Natural Resources Conservation Service also sponsored the videos.
This video covers non-regulated activities under Section 404 and what thresholds have to be met to trigger a 404 permit requirement. Other topics covered include the differences between wetland delineation versus wetland determination.
In July, 2020, the US EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers issued a memorandum indicating that when a jurisdictional irrigation ditch is lined, converted to a pipe, relocated or reconstructed, it triggers the "recapture provision" and a 404 permit is required. Regional General Permit #5 was created to accommodate ditch to pipe conversions in Colorado. If the project involves a government agency such as NRCS, typically no pre-construction notification is required.
Section 404(f) of the Clean Water Act provides exemptions for common agricultural practices. Exempt activities include common farming practices, as well as the construction and maintenance of stock ponds, farm and forest roads and irrigation ditches including appurtenant and functionally related features such as diversion dams, flumes, weirs, headgates, wingwalls, etc. The big exception to the exemption is the ditch lining, piping or relocating requirement for jurisdictional ditches. Speaker Tucker Feyder also explains the “recapture provision,” which triggers a 404 permit requirement.
This is the full presentation, edited for length. It provides additional details on Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) and contains both regulations and exemptions for agriculture. Also covered are the jurisdictional boundaries of Section 404, and the exemptions for farming, ranching and agricultural irrigation activities. The types of national permits relevant to agriculture irrigation in Colorado - including NWP #3 and #13 are also covered – along with Regional General Permit #5.
Recorded Webinar: Drought Contingency & Potential Implications of Compact Curtailment in Colorado
Recorded: February 22, 2022
Presenter: Peter Fleming, General Counsel, Colorado River Water Conservation District
Custer County Conservation District & CCA Public Meeting
March 16, 2022 at 6:30 pm in Westcliffe
U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Funding Resources
US Army Corps of Engineering Funding Summary
US Army Corps of Engineers Funding Details
US Bureau of Reclamation - Initial Funding Details
USDA Wildland fire management ($3.2 B) and Ecosystem Restoration ($2.693 B)
Recorded Webinar: Reclaiming Reservoir Storage
Recorded: January 26, 2022
Presenters: Deana Sheriff (Gurley Reservoir Dam repair)
and Greg Peterson, CAWA (Reservoir Rehabilitation Work Group)
Recorded Webinar (35 minutes)
Recorded Webinar: Wildfire Protection Planning & Mitigation
Recorded: January 6, 2022
Presenter: Cindy Williams, Volunteer Co-chair of Envision Chaffee County
Recorded Webinar (54 minutes)
Recorded Webinar: Dealing with Drought on the Ranch
November 29, 2021
Webinar Highlights (1 page)
Webinar (Condensed Version)
Full Webinar (1 hr. runtime)
2021 Ag Producer Survey Results on Irrigation Infrastructure Needs
Agricultural Water (virtual) Symposium
Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Full Symposium recording
1) Kindra Brandner, USDA – NRCS EQIP Program Manager, CO. [email protected] (970) 458-3151 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding for ditch and irrigation companies
2) Dr. Perry Cabot, Irrigation and Water Resources Leader, CSU Western Colorado Research Center, Fruita, CO. [email protected] (970) 434-3264 ext. 203 Mountain Meadow Deficit Irrigation (early) Results
3) John Rodgers, P.E., Colorado DWR HydroBase Coordinator and Corey DeAngelis, P.E., Colorado DWR Division 1 Engineer. How to Secure your Water Right and Navigate Division of Water Resources (DWR) Records for Information:
This presentation will be posted as soon as it is available.
Article: Stock watering and Instream Flow rights - what does HB 20-1159 affirm?
Recorded Webinar: Ag Irrigation Improvement Projects and Funding Sources
March 10, 2021
Gretchen Rank, Executive Director, Mancos Conservation District
Dave (“DK”) Kanzer, Deputy Chief Engineer, Colorado River Water Conservation District
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