Water

Water is the life blood of our community! Check out the important information about impacts related to our community throughout this page. 

CWA Section 404 Agricultural Exemptions and Permits - video info for Colorado irrigators

Section 404 – Non-Regulated Agricultural Activities:  https://youtu.be/5c9bCiO2a0w   

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.

Regional General Permit (RGP) #5 for Lining or Piping Ditches:  https://youtu.be/t8xL59970W0

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) – Agricultural Exemptions:  https://youtu.be/-qwppebovrI  

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.

CWA Section 404 – Permits and Exemptions for Agriculture  (full edited presentation):  https://youtu.be/vC2Spr-qYeM

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.

 

Implications of Interstate Uncertainty
Implications of Interstate Uncertainty
Yampa-White-Green Basin Round Table Update
YWG BRT Update 1/17/20

 

Video Series - "Your Water Table - Finding Common Ground Around our Rivers"

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The Yampa - White - Green Basin Round Table and American Rivers worked together to produce six videos that cover topics of:

  1. The Yampa River’s Hydrograph
  2. Municipal and Industrial Water Use
  3. Storage: Our Place in the Water Cycle
  4. Agriculture in the Basin
  5. Recreation and Wildlife
  6. White River Basin  

Each of these topics and subtopics talked about in each video episode touch on issues, threats and opportunities facing our local water resources in the Yampa, White and Green River Basins. 

To learn more and view the other videos visit https://yampawhitegreen.com/water_table_videos/  

Ag Water Update Presentation Recordings from 10/16/2020

Changes to Stock Watering Rights - Drought Contingency & Demand Management

By: Colorado River District - Jason Turner

BRT Changes to the Basin Implementation Plan

By: Yampa-White-Green Basin Round Table - Alden Vanden Brink

The Correct way to Submit your Water Records & Water Right Abandonment

By: Division of Water Resources' Rio Blanco County Water Commissioner - Shanna Lewis

 

Water User Reporting Sheet:

Click here to download the water user reporting sheet and report your water use. Submit the form to your Water Commissioner by Nov. 15 each year. Rio Blanco County water users, contact our District office at 970-878-9838 for information on where to submit this form. 

CSU Edge of Field Study Efforts

By: Colorado State University Ag Water Quality Program Director - Erik Wardle

Updates on the White River Integrated Water Initiative

By: White River & Douglas Creek Conservation Districts - Callie Hendrickson 

Colorado Decision Support System (CDSS) Navigational Guidance Video

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This video shows how to navigate the CDSS website and find the DWR's mapped water diversion structures and water rights information. There is also a link to a PDF file showing the same information.

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Information on Demand Management Feasibility

You may have been hearing a lot about "Demand Management" of Colorado water.  Information on this issue can be found on the Colorado Water Conservation Board's website by clicking here.

Find your Water Diversion Structure

Click here to access the Colorado Division of Water Resources' Structure database and find your specific structure. Use the Search Fields section to locate your structure