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H_ALW_2022A 02/07/2022 01:36:08 PM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
HOUSE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK, & WATER
Date 02/07/2022
Attendance
Holtorf *
Lindsay X
Lontine X
McLachlan X
Pelton X
Roberts X
Titone X
Valdez D. *
Will X
Catlin X
McCormick X
Time 01:36:08 PM to 02:54:31 PM
Place HCR 0107
This Meeting was called to order by McCormick
This Report was prepared by Alexa Kelly
Hearing Items Action Taken
Presentation on the Platte Valley Water Partnership Committee Discussion Only
HB22-1072 Referred to House Appropriations

Presentation on the Platte Valley Water Partnership - Committee Discussion Only


01:36:49 PM  
Jim Yahn, Manager,
North Sterling Irrigation District; Joe Frank, General Manager, Lower South
Platte Water Conservancy District; Ron Redd, General Manager, Parker Water
Sanitation District; and Rebecca Tejada, Director of Engineering, Parker
Water Sanitation District introduced themselves and the presentation (Attachment
A).
01:38:46 PM  

Mr. Redd gave a background of the project's creation.

01:40:43 PM  
Mr. Yahn spoke about
the collaboration between Parker Water and Sanitation District and the
North Sterling Irrigation District and how they are attempting to share
water.  He told the committee about the different influences on the
project.
01:44:02 PM  
Mr. Frank spoke about water storage and demand.
01:53:52 PM  
Ms. Tejada gave an overview of the project and the layout of the infrastructure.
01:54:49 PM  
Mr. Yahn told the committee about where the water is coming from and who the water will be delivered to with the project.
01:59:27 PM  
Committee members asked questions.
01:59:36 PM  
Mr. Frank told the committee about the rates of water flow in the area and the potential impacts of the project.
02:03:39 PM  
Ms. Tejada told the
committee about what the next steps are and the future of the project,
including community outreach, the permitting process, and conveyance agreements.
 
02:04:21 PM  
The panelists responded to questions from the committee.
02:14:10 PM  
Questions and discussion continued.
02:27:18 PM  
Questions and discussion continued.
02:27:26 PM  
Representative McCormick thanked the presenters for their time.



HB22-1072 - Referred to House Appropriations


02:29:21 PM  

Representative Will, bill sponsor, presented HB22-1072. The bill modifies the Habitat Partnership Program (HPP) in Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW). Notably, the bill allows the Habitat Partnership Council (the council) to allocate the annual budget of local habitat partnership committees (local committees) and submit local budgets for approval by the CPW director. The council may also spend money as necessary in areas not covered by a local committee. The bill allows the CPW director to independently appoint members of the council without approval of the CPW Commission. The director may also set terms for local committee membership.

Under current law, five percent of the net sales of big game licenses used in the geographic areas represented by local committees is transferred from the Wildlife Cash Fund to the Habitat Partnership Cash Fund to fund the program. This funding repeals July 1, 2023. The bill extends program funding indefinitely beginning FY 2023-24, and allows CPW to retain all encumbered funds in the HPP cash fund at the end of each fiscal year. Finally, the bill exempts the HPP from the state procurement code.

02:38:31 PM  
Representative Roberts, bill sponsor, gave opening comments on the bill.
02:38:52 PM  
Committee members made comments and asked questions about the bill.
02:42:10 PM  
Mr. Dan Prenzlow, representing Colorado Parks and Wildlife, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Kathleen Curry, representing Coloradans for Responsible Wildlife Management, testified in support of the bill. Richard Orf, representing Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado, testified in support of the bill.
02:48:53 PM  
Representative Will and Representative Roberts gave closing comments on the bill.


02:54:08 PM
Motion Refer House Bill 22-1072 to the Committee on Appropriations.
Moved Will
Seconded Roberts
Holtorf Yes
Lindsay Yes
Lontine Yes
McLachlan Yes
Pelton Yes
Roberts Yes
Titone Yes
Valdez D. Yes
Will Yes
Catlin Yes
McCormick Yes
Final YES: 11   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


02:54:31 PM   The committee adjourned.






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