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GreenCO BMP Expansion Project


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									GreenCO BMP Expansion Project
On August 21, GreenCO submitted a Water Efficiency Grant application to the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) –
Office of Drought Planning and Conservation to expand and revise the Green Industries Best Management Practices (BMP)
for Water Conservation and Water Quality Protection Practices in Colorado. GreenCO’s goal for this project is to build upon
the ongoing success of the program to reach not only its industry, but also a wide array of affected parties and stakeholders.
At the September 18 CWCB Board meeting, GreenCO’s grant application was approved. Beginning in October, GreenCO will
begin work on its BMP Manual and Training Program to add more technical substance, and begin identifying new practices to
correlate with the with the ―green movement.‖ Industry expertise will be vital in identifying new BMPs to address topics such as
sustainability, energy, reuse, recycling, alternative fuels, and transportation, among others. Industry representatives that will
lend their expertise and solicit input from their peers are:

BMP Expansion Advisory Team
 Name               Organization                                                           Entity
 Alison Peck        Matrix Gardens                                                         ALCC
 Brenda O'Brien     Project Manager                                                        GreenCO
 Curt Swift         CSU Cooperative Extension                                              CSU
 Donna Pacetti      Denver Water / Mayor's Office                                          Utility
 Donna Ralston      CO Association of Lawn Care Prof/Garden Centers of CO                  GCC, CALCP
 Harriet McMillan   Echter's Garden Center                                                 GCC
 James Klett        Colorado State University - Professor                                  CSU
 Jane Clary         Technical Consultant                                                   Wright Water Engineers
 John Madden        Rocky Mountain Golf Course Superintendents Association                 RMGCSA
 Kevin Reidy        City of Aurora                                                         CWWC/Utility
 Kristen Fefes      Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado                           ALCC
 Larry Lesser       Galloway, Romero & Assoc                                               ISA
 Mike Reis          Lawn Doctor - Colorado Springs/Pueblo                                  CALCP
 Ram Dhan Khasla    Bureau of Reclamation                                                  ALCC
 Steve Brown        Alameda Wholesale Nursery                                              CNGA
 Stu Feinglas       City of Westminster                                                    CWWC/Utility
 Josie Joosten         Fine Garden Landscape Architure                                     ASLA
 Pending               Rocky Mountain Sod Growers Association                              RMSGA

If you are interested in participating, please contact Brenda O’Brien at brenda.obrien@comcast.net or (303) 973-4026.

Water Panel Urges Cooperative Planning
By Jerd Smith, Rocky Mountain News
September 14, 2007
Colorado must continue to push for a more collaborative, statewide approach to water planning, for more water conservation
and for equitable ways to develop new supplies, a University of Denver study panel said Thursday. "By working together we
can have a solid, assured water future," said DU Chancellor Emeritus Daniel Ritchie, who co-chaired the panel. "The bad
news is there is no silver bullet." The panel issued a set of nine recommendations, most of which echo themes others are
already trying to implement, such as cooperative planning between river basins, reform of the Colorado water court system,
and removal of such thirsty invasive species as Russian olive trees from riverbanks.
Panel members included former Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Love Kourlis, former Colorado State University President
Albert Yates, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and CH2M Hill Chairman Ralph Peterson.

1. Embrace fairness, trust, respect and openness in water supply planning.
2. Encourage water conservation.
3. Encourage partnerships between urban and agricultural water users.
4. Remove high water consuming plants from river beds.
5. Streamline water court.
6. Encourage statewide perspective on water projects, including new reservoirs.
7. Facilitate cooperation between river basins.
8. Plan for climate change.
9. Maintain healthy rivers.

For a full copy of the report, visit http://www.du.edu/c-images/dutoday-images/documents/DU_WATER_final.pdf
Water Fight Must End, Panel Says
Cooperation is the only way the state can meet its needs for water, a group of experts says. Conservation
is a goal.
By George Merritt
Denver Post Staff Writer
Article Launched: 09/14/2007 01:00:00 AM MDT
Colorado will not meet its water needs in the coming decades without collaboration among groups that have historically fought,
a panel of water experts said Thursday. The 24-member University of Denver Water Futures Panel spent the past six months
studying the pressures brought by urban growth, climate change and the state's complex system of water compacts and said
cooperation will be key in providing water for the future. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper said this will be looked back on in
25 or 50 years as one of the "pivotal points" where water agencies realized if they collaborated "their ultimate gain will be
much greater than if they stick to their ... more historical narrow interests." Hickenlooper acknowledged "the history of the bad
feeling and antagonism is deep," but he said the DU panel is to Colorado water what the Geneva Convention was to treatment
of prisoners. "By having all the stakeholders come forward and agree to a framework of shared values, you are able to move
forward and create a different set of relationships," the mayor said. The group, co-chaired by University of Denver chancellor
emeritus Daniel Ritchie and CH2M Hill chairman and chief executive Ralph Peterson, gathered Thursday on the DU campus
to announce its report and release nine recommendations to guide water use in the state. Other than collaboration, the list
included conserving water, streamlining water courts, eradicating non-native, high-water-consuming plants and planning for
potential climate change. Panel member and former Colorado State University president Albert Yates said not dealing with
water issues would have a detrimental effect on the state. "It can be a showstopper if we let it," he said. "Now is the chance to
act, because we don't want to think about the nature of the consequences" if not. To learn more, visit

GreenCO is in the process of identifying whether a formal response is warranted to the Water Futures Panel is warranted. If
you would Updates will be posted in next month’s GreenCO news.
Denver Water Reservoir Report
Mecham Joins IA Staff as Industry Development Director
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (August 23, 2007) — Brent Mecham, a Colorado water conservation specialist and longtime irrigation
instructor, has been named Irrigation Association industry development director. Mecham will lead the Irrigation Association
Education Foundation and guide the effort to streamline curriculum development.
―Brent has tremendous respect in the irrigation industry and beyond,‖ said IA Executive Director Deborah Hamlin. ―By all
accounts, he is a great instructor, an authority on irrigation best practices and a passionate advocate of irrigation efficiency. He
is a distinguished addition to the IA staff.‖ Read more http://www.irrigation.org/press_releases/default.aspx?r=1&pg=2007-08-

Aurora Water a Hot Topic - Council considers new rate system after bills
By Ivan Moreno, Rocky Mountain News
August 28, 2007
AURORA - The city council wants to change how residents pay for their water after fielding complaints from
people who have seen their bills skyrocket this summer. One Aurora resident said his August bill was $1,032. "It's
more than my mortgage," said Larry Pomarico, who lives in the Cherry Creek Rancho subdivision. On the heels of
complaints from constituents such as Pomarico, council members discussed Monday changing a rate structure
implemented in January that charges people for water based on four usage blocks. At the highest block, residents
are charged $10.75 per thousand gallons of water. A series of rate increases are helping pay for the Prairie
Waters Project, which is expected to boost the city's water supply by about 20 percent by late 2010. The project
will bring 10,000 acre-feet of water from wells along the South Platte River through 34 miles of pipeline and three
pump stations to Aurora Reservoir. But the rate structure has had "unintended consequences" on water bills, said
Mayor Ed Tauer, who added that every council member has had constituents contact them about the issue.
Council member Bob Broom introduced an ordinance Monday to eliminate the highest rate block by Jan. 1. The
council will vote on the proposal in two weeks. Some council members questioned whether doing away with the
highest block would bring the intended relief because most residents never reach that level of water usage.
Council member Ryan Frazier suggested changing the baseline for the rate system. "I think what you saw here
tonight was a city council that has felt the heat from its constituents," he said. For a copy of the article, click here

Groundwater Quality Database Now Available on the Web
Colorado Department of Agriculture
August 1, 2007
Contact: Rob Wawrzynski, 303.239.5704, Rob.wawrzynski@ag.state.co.us

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The results of 15 years of groundwater sampling are now available in an online database
designed to enable the public to learn about the quality of Colorado’s groundwater. The groundwater quality data
gathering and analysis is a joint project of the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), Colorado State
University Cooperative Extension and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The
database can be accessed at http://ids-nile.engr.colostate.edu/webkit/Groundwater/. The groundwater quality
data is gathered by CDA field staff from irrigation, stock water and special sampling wells in areas throughout
Colorado. The groundwater is then tested by CDA chemists for the presence of fertilizers and pesticides that may
have leached into groundwater. Data analysis is conducted by CDPHE. Colorado State University provides
outreach to the state’s farm community on farming methods that protect Colorado’s groundwater from
contamination by fertilizers and pesticides. ―We have taken 15 years of groundwater monitoring data and made it
available in a user-friendly format that allows the public to better understand Colorado’s groundwater quality with
respect to agricultural chemicals,‖ said CDA program director Rob Wawrzynski. The extensive sampling indicates
that Colorado has generally high quality groundwater. ―Although there are a few problem areas with groundwater
containing nitrate-nitrogen higher than drinking water standards, the database shows that there are very few
detections of pesticides at levels above drinking water standards,‖ Wawrzynski said.

Save the Date: 2007 Ag Water Summit
December 13 & 14, 2007 Jefferson County Fairgrounds

Invited Speakers:
Governor Bill Ritter
Senator Ken Salazar
Senator Wayne Allard
John Stulp, Commissioner of Agriculture
And many others

Please plan on joining us for a lively discussion on agricultural water issues such as water conservation,
economic impacts of water transfers, and legal questions regarding surface and ground water. Water users from
all over the state will be invited to participate. Preregistration fee $25 for agricultural producers, $50 for
representatives of government and other interested parties. More details coming soon.
Save the Date: Announcing the 6th Annual Landscape Ecology Symposium
Friday, November 9th, 2007
Boulder Public Library Auditorium
Keynote Speakers:
Bruce Ferguson, University of Georgia, expert and author, on Porous Pavements
Kim Sorvig, University of New Mexico, on Urban Landscape Ecology
more details to come at end of September.

Water: Fueling the Future? The Colorado River District’s Annual Water
9 a.m. -3 p.m. Sept. 14, 2007, Two Rivers Convention Center, Grand Junction, Colo.
The cost is $25. Registration form is at www.ColoradoRiverDistrict.org.

Report Card of the Rockies Energy Overview
Brian Hall, Colorado College

The Colorado Picture
      Brian Macke, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
      Steve Gunderson, Colorado Water Quality Control Division

Water for Evolving Communities
Dr. John Redifer, Mesa State and Colorado Water Conservation Board
Jeff Devere, City of Rangely

Produced Waters
      Stan Sloss, Office of Representative Mark Udall
      Dave Stewart, Stewart Environmental
      Pat O’Toole, Family Farm Alliance

Industry Panel


Oil Shale: The Strategy and the Land
       Tony Dammer, Office of Fossil Energy, US Department of Energy
       Jamie Connell, Bureau of Land Management
       Randy Udall, Community Office for Resource Efficiency

Water Needs for Production, Water Rights, Water Supply
       Cathy Wilson, Los Alamos National Energy Lab
       John Sikora, URS Engineering
       Paul von Guerard, US Geological Survey
       Cathy Kay, Western Colorado Congress

For more information, contact Jim Pokrandt
Communications and Education
Colorado River District
(970) 945-8522 x 236
Cell: (970) 319-1807

Raise a Toast – Of Water
By John C. Ensslin, Rocky Mountain News
August 14, 2007
The man most people in northern Colorado can thank for almost every drop of water they drink died Monday. W.D. "Bill" Farr,
97, died at his home in Greeley about a week after suffering a stroke. He was born in May 1910. The grandson of a
blacksmith, Farr was part of a ranching family that first came to Greeley in 1876. Farr was the driving force behind the Big
Thompson water project, which drilled a tunnel under the Continental Divide and brought Western Slope water to the Front
Range. Read more http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_5672157,00.html
Climate change likely to hurt water supplies
By Jerd Smith, Rocky Mountain News
August 23, 2007
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Western water managers are likely to be the "first responders" to climate change as reservoirs
become harder to fill and snow-dependent water systems yield less. "Climate change is upon us now, and it will have an
impact on all of our systems," said David Behar, a planner with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Read more

A Yampa River runs through it
By Jerd Smith, Rocky Mountain News
August 23, 2007
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS - Colorado's Yampa River could deliver millions of gallons of fresh, clear water to the Front Range
and other water- strapped areas via a $4 billion, 227-mile pipeline. The ambitious undertaking would create one of the largest,
most expensive water projects the state has ever witnessed. Read more

Brenda O'Brien
GreenCO Project Manager
Phone: 303.973.4026
Fax: 303.973.2263

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