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February Newsletter

Justin Ramsey Takes Over as PAWSD Manager

In January 2017 the PAWSD Board of Directors promoted Justin Ramsey to District Manager, replacing Renee Lewis. Mr. Ramsey had served as the District Engineer since May 2015. He has over twenty years of water and wastewater design and construction administration experience.  Mr. Ramsey has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Engineering and a Masters of Engineering in Civil Engineering both from Northern Arizona University. He is a registered professional engineer in four states and has designed and overseen the construction of water and wastewater treatment, conveyance and disposal facilities throughout the southwest.  

Prior to coming to PAWSD, Mr. Ramsey lived and worked in Arizona and sat on the City of Flagstaff’s Water Commission where he reviewed and provided recommendations on a variety of utility assessments including capital improvement project budgets, inflow and infiltration studies, water leakage studies, rate studies and energy audits. Mr. Ramsey has also consulted with multiple regulatory agencies to provide training, develop regulations and represent agencies in a variety of venues. Congratulations, and welcome!

What You Missed at the Southwest Basin Roundtable Meeting

At the January 11 meeting, Brandon Johnson was elected to serve as the At-Large Agricultural Representative. Roundtable members were updated on the weather modification strategic planning process, which includes a review of current contracting practices, as well as discussion of potential studies to identify improvements that need to be made to operations. They discussed strategies for public outreach on the following topics: 1) Roundtable and water 101, 2) agricultural water use, 3) water bank efforts, and 4) stream management planning. As for the San Miguel Stream Management Pilot Plan, data gaps have now been identified for recreation and environmental needs, and the next step is to conduct several public meetings and solicit ideas on management proposals to address those needs.

Roundtable members adopted revised criteria and related documents for Water Supply Reserve Fund grant requests, which can be found on the webpage. The Roundtable approved $50,000 for the Town of Norwood’s raw water project, $20,000 to support rehabilitation of the historic McElmo Creek Flume east of Cortez, and $7,500 to support rehabilitation of the Little Blanco Highline Ditch near the Oso Diversion. Members also recommended an application be submitted to fund Phase II of the Navajo River Restoration Project.


Snowpack at 152% Across Colorado!


Film Review: Watershed (2012)

Narrated by Robert Redford, Watershed: Exploring A New Water Ethic for the New West highlights innovative water saving techniques and paradigm shifts in water use by talking to users up and down the Colorado River. Dan James of the James Ranch in the Animas River Valley near Durango is interviewed for the film, as well as the mayor of the City of Rifle, a rafting guide on the Yampa, and a fishing guide on the Upper Colorado. The film makes the case for increased water conservation to revitalize and restore the Colorado River Delta. (The full documentary is available on online video streaming services such as Netflix.)

The WIP lending library has more than 200 water-related books and movies available for checkout. Stop by to find a book or DVD of interest to you. Want to write a review? We'll share it in the newsletter!

Upcoming Events

Registration Now Open:
Water Fluency Course
May-July 2017
Glenwood Springs & Grand Junction
Informational webinar March 8

February 6
Nile Project Panel
Music, Engagement & Water Management
Fort Lewis College

February 7-8
Open Standards for Conservation Training
Cortez, CO

February 7-9
Tamarisk Coalition Annual Conference
Fort Collins, CO

February 9
Soil Health Workshop
by CSU Ag Experiment Station
Dove Creek, CO
(Register ASAP)

February 13-16
Colorado Rural Water Association Annual Conference
Denver, CO

February 15-17
2017 Convention
Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance
Ignacio, CO

February 23
Local Farmer Film Screening & Potluck
National Young Farmers Coalition &
San Juan Conservation District
San Juan College Greenhouse

February 23-24
Family Farm Alliance Annual Conference
Las Vegas, NV

February 28
Financing Sustainable Water Workshop
CWCB/Alliance for Water Efficiency
Glenwood Springs, CO

March 1-3
Snow School for Water Managers
Center for Snow & Avalanche
Silverton, CO

March 16-18
Four States Ag Expo
Cortez, CO

April 7
SWCD Annual Water Seminar
Durango, CO

April 11
Climate-Smart Conservation Workshop
Durango Community Center

April 12
Southwest Basin Roundtable Meeting
Durango Recreation Center

May 17-18
CWCB Board Meeting
SW Basin (Location TBD)

June TBD
Southwest Basin Tour
Colorado Foundation for Water Education

June 20-22
Animas & San Juan Watersheds Conference
Farmington, NM

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