January 7, 2016 TWG Recap (Draft)

January 7, 2016 – Draft

TWG Meeting Recap
Crowne Plaza DIA
Denver, CO

Next TWG Meeting:
10:00 – 11:00 AM, April 8, 2016
Basement Conference Room
333 West Hampden Ave.
Englewood, CO

Joe Meigs, Fred Baros, Keith Branstetter, Gene Wagner, Mike Weidorn, Todd Hunter, Travis Day, Bruce Heir, Andy Horn

Moderator for January 2016 Meeting:
Fred Baros

Proposed Moderator for April 2016 Meeting:
Bryan Beckner

Well Inspection Program
The CWWCA Lobbyist and CWWCA have met with the State Engineer and Deputy State Engineer regarding additional well inspectors several times during the past few months. The challenge is to obtain funding. The current approach is to seek funding via the Enterprise Fund. The BOE has been supportive of hiring more inspectors and funding the well inspection program. Current discussions have been for two additional inspectors, for a total of five inspectors.

If implemented, funding via the Enterprise Fund would be available in fiscal year 2017 (July 1st).

Water Well Construction Rules

The most recent draft of the Rules was circulated on December 23, 2015. The most recent stakeholder meeting was January, 5, 2016. The deadline for comments in January 15, 2016. A final draft of the Rules will be filed in February 15, 2016 and noticed on February 25, 2016 for a hearing on March 17 or 18, 2016.

There were a number of changes in the Draft December 2015 Rules relative to the Draft June 2015 Rules. Those are documented in the redline presented on the Division of Natural Resources website. Proposed rules discussed at the meeting include:

Documentation and notification required for well construction, every pump installation and abandonment.

Casing perforation methods were discussed, which are not addressed in the current draft of the Rules. There was discussion regarding using a “Mills Knife” or in-casing perforation methods. It was discussed that perforation method does not result in obstructions in the well casing that can affect pump setting. Torch cut can result in “slag” obstructions in the well casing that can affect pump setting. There was agreement that plasma cut does not result in “slag” and is acceptable.

DWR Report

Total 2015 well permit applications were about 200 permits less than 2014.

TWG_Work_Group_April 2016_table

CDPHE Discharge Permits
There was no new report regarding CDPHE Discharge Permits. There was discussion that the CDPHE discharge permit issue needs to be resolved because contractors are concerned about compliance. The CDPHE has discussed passing the responsibility for discharge permits to the DWR.

Future Topics
DWR report
Well construction rules
Well inspection program

Respectfully submitted by Daniel O. Niemela


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