WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees recognizes that drought is a natural on-going situation in Colorado and a phenomenon that has recurred regularly throughout Colorado's history, and
WHEREAS, a Drought Response Plan was adopted with Resolution 12-2012 Sept. 20, 2012 and
WHEREAS, indicators to declare Stage I Drought Response are as follows:
• Agricultural impacts to crops being reported in local area.
• Conditions are similar to 2001-2002 drought, but no immediate impacts to area domestic water providers are apparent.
• Statewide drought conditions may exist that affect area irrigators.
• There is less than 20" of water in winter snowpack.
• Treated water usage may climb well over 10 percent above average water years. This is due to reduced availability of lower priority irrigation water for landscaping and gardens in addition to very high evaporation rates from land and transpiration rates from vegetation. This combination will naturally result in an increased use of treated water for irrigation purposes.
WHEREAS, the current conditions are consistent with the indicators, and
WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees has determined that it is necessary to declare Stage I of the Drought Response Plan to effectively manage water resources, and
WHEREAS, the Board of Trustees will implement and support Stage I Drought Response Actions, and
WHEREAS, the Stage I Drought Response Plan declaration will be effective upon adoption and remain in effect until Nov. 1, 2018, unless superseded by a resolution that declares a Stage II Drought Plan Response or rescinded by resolution.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Trustees of the Town of Cedaredge, Colorado that;
1. The Drought Response Plan Stage I declaration shall become effective upon adoption of this resolution.
2. The Drought Response Plan Stage I actions listed below shall be implemented and supported.
• Inspect all of raw water collection systems. Ensure that leaks are repaired in a timely manner. If needed, reposition or improve spring intakes to collect the most water under current conditions. The work will have to comply with US Forest Service Regulations and the provisions and stipulations given in our alternate points of diversion adjudications. Clean intakes frequently, observe and document through field notes decreases or increases in water level at each spring location.
• Meet with Grand Mesa Water Conservancy District, Colorado Division of Water Resources Division 4 (local office) and other local water purveyors to coordinate basin-wide strategies, including whether or not we should refrain from leasing stored water.
• Begin public awareness and education efforts using monthly newsletter, press releases, pamphlets, website, and other appropriate forms of media. Demonstrate why water conservation is important and be specific with how our customers can reduce water consumption during any summer season.
• Promote ideas to reduce indoor water use, such as:
3 The exclusive use of showerheads meeting maximum flow rates of 2.5 gallons per minute and faucet aerators meeting maximum flow rates of 2.2 gallons per minute, giving particular attention to hotels, motels, inns and bed and breakfast establishments.
3 The efficient and conscientious use of swamp coolers, reminding customers that swamp coolers can be a significant source of water consumption during very dry weather.
3 The efficient and conscientious use of dish washers, clothes washing machines, and bath tubs, educating customers on their typical consumption.
• Promote the following ideas to reduce outdoor water use:
3 Broom cleaning sidewalks, driveways and streets instead of hosing them off.
3 Minimizing water waste when washing vehicles, and give ideas how to do so.
3 Ways to stay cool other than filling above ground swimming pools.
3 Turning off ornamental fountains.
3 Pamphlets and other assistance to customers wanting to keep a well maintained landscape while using only what they need.
Resolved this 19th day of April, 2018, by the Board of Trustees of the Town of Cedaredge, Colo.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.