October 6, 2017 TWG RECAP (DRAFT)

October 6, 2017 – Draft
TWG Meeting Recap
Chase Bank Building
333 West Hampden Ave., Englewood, CO 80110

Next TWG Meeting:
2:00 PM, January 10, 2018
Marriott Tech Center
4900 S Syracuse St, Denver, CO 80237


Daniel Niemela, Travis Day, Andy Horn, Gene Wagner, Bruce Heir, Joe Meigs, Joel Canfield, Tom Harder, Dave Wilson, Mike Temple, Keith Branstetter, Fred Rothauge, Bryan Beckner, Brad Himes, Chris Sanchez, Doug Stephenson

Moderator for January 2018 Meeting

Brad Himes

DWR Report

Permit activity is very slighted reduced compared to 2016. Summary below.

The DWR remains staffed with two field well inspectors. The notification process implemented in the 2016 Water Well Construction Rules has improved inspection efficiency. Most contractors have adapted to the revised 2016 Water Well Construction Rules, although there have been some violations.

The hearing for the Administrative Rules revision will occur on November 6, 2016 at 8:00 AM. The most substantive change to the proposed revised administrative rules is a revised bond amount of $20,000. Proposed rules are posted on the BOE website.

Draft DWR Forms

Proposed Well Construction and Yield Estimate Report and Well Abandonment Reports were circulated for comment. The forms will be implemented in early 2018.

Discharge Permitting

On August 7, 2017, Dan Niemela provided testimony to the BOE seeking clarity regarding CDPHE discharge permitting on behalf of the CWWCA. The CDPHE revised the Low Risk Discharge Guidance – Discharges of Uncontaminated Groundwater to Land on August 8, 2017: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/WQ%20LOW%20RISK%20GW.pdf

However, there remains substantial uncertainty regarding CDPHE regulation of: (a) well yield test discharge, (b) well construction discharge and (c) well development/rehabilitation discharge.

CWWCA will continue to seek clarity on this issue.

Well Inspection Program

Bob Randall (DNR Executive Director) will meet with the CWWCA on October 6, 2017 regarding the Well Inspection Program.

The State Auditor has chosen to complete the Well Inspection Program audit. The audit is not expected to be complete during the 2018 legislative session.

Upcoming BOE Vacancy

Theresa Jehn-Dellaport’s term at the BOE will expire during 2018 or 2019. There is some conflict between appointed term and statutory term limits. Octave Blouin’s term expires in 2019. The BOE has considered the benefit to staggered term expiration that maintain consistency by not replacing more than one board member during the same year.

The CWWCA may consider making recommendations to the Governor regarding BOE appointments.

Future Topics

DWR update
Well inspection program
CDPHE discharge permitting

Respectfully submitted by Daniel O. Niemela


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