August Greetings to Everyone in Eagle County and Routt County!
During July, I attended community meetings throughout our beautiful headwaters district, including the Vail Valley Partnership Business Forum and Women's Foundation of Colorado- Vail Valley reception, met with individual constituents, worked on a variety of individual constituent services requests, met at the Capitol with scientists and administrators from CDPHE- Colorado
Department of Public Health and Environment to discuss and better understand the State of Colorado's strategy and plans for meeting ground level ozone requirements and the requirements of the then-forthcoming federal Clean Power Plan( released August 3), attended the Council of State Governments/ West Conference in Vail, and participated on the two Joint House/ Senate Interim Committees on which I serve: Transportation Legislation Review Committee and Water Resources Review Committee.
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Interim Joint House/Senate Transportation Legislation Review Committee
The first week in July, the Interim Joint Transportation Legislation Review Committee( TLRC) met for two full days at the Capitol. CDOT, RTD, and several other groups presented to us. CDOT Director Shailin Bhatt and CDOT staff provided excellent updates on overall CDOT budget, operations and corridor management/ strategies. Of special interest to our mountain communities were the CDOT presentations on the I 70 mountain corridor, including the report required by HB15-1173 on winter operations and traction issues. In addition, the I70 Coalition, and local government representatives gave very informative presentations on strategies and solutions for I 70 Mountain Corridor winter closures and congestion.
Our TLRC committee will meet in September and October as listed in the Upcoming Events Panel on the right hand side of this newsletter. Or see
I fervently hope we can work together on transportation funding solutions during the 2016 Session of the General Assembly. I will update you as we move along.
I70 Coalition Quarterly Meeting in Idaho Springs, July 9 and Club20 Transportation Committee via Phone on July 17
As the Vice Chair of the House Transportation and Energy Committee and as a mountain community legislator, I was delighted to join Senator Donovan and Reps KC Becker and Millie Hamner on a panel at the quarterly meeting of the I70 Coalition on July 9. I have been attending their meetings for over a decade. They have accomplished so much for all of us who live in the mountains. To access their useful apps and research, you can visit
I also participated via phone in the Summer Transportation Policy Committee of Club20 on July 17, discussing bills and funding issues. club20.org or @club20westslope
Interim Joint House/Senate Water Resources Review Committee
The Interim Joint House/Senate Water Resources Review Committee (WRRC) continues to travel around the state to each river basin for regular Interim Water Committee meetings/hearings and for the required SB14-115 hearings on the draft Colorado Water Plan. Please see the right hand panel "Upcoming Events" in this newsletter and subsequent newsletters. For more information, please visit the WRRC website at: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cga-legislativecouncil/2015-water-resources-review-committee
There you will find links to the latest July version of our Draft Colorado Water Plan, and you can comment on the plan. Comments are due no later than September 17. Or check out @COWaterPlan.
You may also send your comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be sure your comments get to staff, the WRRC, and the Colorado Water Conservation Board ( CWCB) the Executive Branch agency tasked by Governor Hickenlooper to develop and complete the plan for delivery to him this December, 2015.
In July our WRRC traveled first to Durango on July 19, and on July 20 we toured several water projects around LaPlata County. Then we held a regular WRRC meeting in the afternoon and the SB115/Water Plan Hearing for the Southwest Basin in the evening in Durango.
The next day we traveled to Ridgeway in Ouray County to see a small supply project that was the result of a public-private-nonprofit partnership, then to a farm in Montrose County that has begun to use water efficiency irrigation techniques. In Montrose, we had an afternoon regular WRRC meeting, then an evening hearing for the Gunnison Basin on the Water Plan. The next day, July 22 we traveled to Craig via Rio Blanco County, visiting the Kenney Reservoir near Rangely. Then in Craig we held an afternoon public regular committee hearing and an evening hearing on the draft Colorado Water Plan. People from many walks of life in the Yampa Basin turned out with thoughtful, well researched comments, and Roundtable members presented the Basin Implementation Plan.
In all three of these Western Slope basins, we heard major concerns about trans mountain diversions (TMD) and potential issues/problems meeting our Colorado River Compact obligations, as well as issues around maintaining viable family agriculture, dealing effectively with municipal growth, water quality, conservation/ efficiency, connections between water planning and land use planning, and conserving riparian habitats. All three basins, Southwest, Gunnison, and Yampa/White/Green, have worked cooperatively on their basin implementation plans, emphasizing conservation and partnerships.
Our Water Resources Review Committee will have two more tours and sets of public hearings in the remaining basins in August and September. Please see the right hand panel in this newsletter for details.
For our headwaters House District 26, the two Colorado River Basin Hearings are especially important: August 12 in Granby and August 19 in Vail. Please see details in the upcoming events panel to your right here. Please email me if you have questions at email@example.com
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Resources for you:
Gov. Hickenlooper announces new affordable housing program for Colorado artists. For more information, please visit coloradocreativeindustries.org.
Applications for Colorado's Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program now open & and due September 25. Details: http://www.advancecolorado.com/funding-incentives/financing/advanced-industries-accelerator-programs
Please keep in touch. I look forward to seeing you this summer and fall!
I will be visiting with local governments, businesses, and constituents throughout the summer and fall. Please do email me with your questions, concerns and ideas at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will continue to work across the aisle and with all stakeholders for practical, evidence-based policies that build a better future for ALL! I am honored and humbled to represent our beautiful, headwaters district!
Yours for a just, equitable, sustainable, and prosperous Colorado for all.
Diane Mitsch Bush
Colorado State House of Representatives,
District 26-Eagle County and Routt County
P.O. Box 770535
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
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