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<br />AgendaNov2008.doc <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Determine quorum <br /> <br />Review and approval of agenda items <br /> <br />Approval of Minutes for Meeting of August 15, 2008 <br /> <br />Report of the Executive Director by State Engineer Dick Wolfe <br /> <br />Hearing on the proposal to amend Rule 7.7.4 which would alter, for change of type of use applications involving export from a designated basin, the way the Commission coordinates with <br /> Ground Water Management Districts as they exercise their authority to prohibit the export of ground water outside their boundaries. <br /> <br />Staff Report by Keith Vander Horst <br /> <br />Report of the Attorney General by Devin Odell. This is a background briefing on legal issues in the written report.  The Board may refer any item contained or discussed under this topic <br /> to Agenda Item No. 13 for discussion in Executive Session if the Board has questions about the litigation. <br /> <br />District Reports: <br />Marks Butte, Frenchman, Sand Hills and Central Yuma GWMDs by Nate Midcap <br />W-Y GWMD by Jack Dowell <br />Arikaree GWMD by Roger Brenner <br />Plains and East Cheyenne GWMDs by Deb Daniel <br />Southern High Plains GWMD by Max Smith <br />North KiowaBijou GWMD by Robert Loose <br />Upper Black Squirrel GWMD by Tracy Doran <br />Upper Big Sandy GWMD by Dave Taussig <br />Lost Creek by GWMD by Thomas Sauter <br />Republican River Water Conservation District by Stan Murphy <br /> <br />Old Business <br /> <br />New Business <br /> <br />Selection of next year’s meeting dates and locations <br /> <br />Public Comments <br /> <br />Executive Session (if needed) <br /> <br /> Adjournment <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />NOTICE OF GENERAL MEETING OF THE <br />COLORADO GROUND WATER COMMISSION <br />November 21, 2008 <br /> <br />A G E N D A (cont.) <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />NOTICE OF GENERAL MEETING OF THE <br />COLORADO GROUND WATER COMMISSION <br /> <br />10:00 a.m., Friday, November 21, 2008 <br /> <br />1313 Sherman St. Rm. 318 <br />Denver, CO 80203 <br /> <br />A G E N D A <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />AgendaNov2008.pdfMicrosoft Word - AgendaNov2008.doc <br /> 1. Determine quorum 2. Review and approval of agenda items 3. Approval of Minutes for Meeting of August 15, 2008 4. Report of the Executive Director by State Engineer Dick <br /> Wolfe 5. Hearing on the proposal to amend Rule 7.7.4 which would alter, for change of type of use applications involving export from a designated basin, the way the Commission coordinates <br /> with Ground Water Management Districts as they exercise their authority to prohibit the export of ground water outside their boundaries. 6. Staff Report by Keith Vander Horst 7. Report <br /> of the Attorney General by Devin Odell. This is a background briefing on legal issues in the written report. The Board may refer any item contained or discussed under this topic to <br /> Agenda Item No. 13 for discussion in Executive Session if the Board has questions about the litigation. 8. District Reports: a. Marks Butte, Frenchman, Sand Hills and Central Yuma <br /> GWMDs by Nate Midcap b. W-Y GWMD by Jack Dowell c. Arikaree GWMD by Roger Brenner d. Plains and East Cheyenne GWMDs by Deb Daniel e. Southern High Plains GWMD by Max Smith f. North <br /> Kiowa-Bijou GWMD by Robert Loose g. Upper Black Squirrel GWMD by Tracy Doran h. Upper Big Sandy GWMD by Dave Taussig i. Lost Creek by GWMD by Thomas Sauter j. Republican River Water <br /> Conservation District by Stan Murphy 9. Old Business 10. New Business a. Selection of next year’s meeting dates and locations 11. Public Comments 12. Executive Session (if needed) <br /> 13. Adjournment NOTICE OF GENERAL MEETING OF THE COLORADO GROUND WATER COMMISSION 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 21, 2008 1313 Sherman St. Rm. 318 Denver, CO 80203 A G E N D <br /> A <br />AGReport2008-11-21.docATTORNEY GENERAL’S REPORT <br /> <br />Cases involving the Colorado Ground Water Commission <br />November 21, 2008 <br /> <br />The listing below summarizes matters in which the Office of the Attorney General represents the Colorado Ground Water Commission as of November 10, 2008. <br /> <br /> <br />appeal of rules adopted by the upper black squirrel creek ground water management district Case No. 04-CV-4457 Designated Basin: Upper Black Squirrel Management District: Upper Black <br /> Squirrel Before: Hon. Larry Schwartz, El Paso County District Court Attorney: Pat Kowaleski <br />Subject: Cherokee, Meridian Ranch, Meridian Service, Paint Brush Hills and Woodmen <br />Hills Metropolitan Districts filed an appeal to the adoption of Rule Nos. 3, 17, 18, and 19 by the Upper Black Squirrel Creek Ground Water Management District. The Upper Black Squirrel <br /> Creek District issued rules limiting withdrawals from large capacity wells, and, pursuant to statute, the Commission was required to approve the rules. On October 29, 2004, Cherokee <br /> et al filed an appeal with the District Court in El Paso County. The Commission filed a Motion to Dismiss the District Court action on the grounds that the Commission had not yet completed <br /> its review, and the matter was therefore not ripe for an appeal to District Court. The District Court put the matter on hold until the Hearing Officer and the Commission acted on the <br /> remand to the Hearing Officer. <br /> <br />Status: After a status conference, the parties concluded that the matter can probably be decided by motions, without the necessity for a trial. The legal issues have been briefed, <br /> and we are waiting for a decision from the Court. <br /> <br /> <br />Moser v. Ground Water Commission Case No. 07-CV-487 Designated Basin: Proposed Box Elder Creek Management District: Before: Hon. Roger Klein, Weld County District Court Attorney: <br /> Pat Kowaleski <br /> <br />Subject: The Commission denied the request of John Moser, et al, to create the Box Elder Creek Designated Basin, and Moser appealed the Commission’s decision to District Court. Pursuant <br /> to statute, the matter will be tried de novo by the Court. <br /> <br />Status: The Court ordered the setting of the trial to be stayed so as to allow the parties to brief the disputed legal issues, including the preclusive effect of the court’s final decree <br /> (to be issued this spring) in Central Colorado Water Conservancy District’s Well Augmentation Subdistrict case, which included findings by the court regarding the Box Elder Creek drainage. <br /> On July 31, Moser filed a 45 page Motion For Determination of Questions of Law. The Commission has responded and the issues should be ruled upon by the Court soon. <br /> <br /> <br />pioneer irrigation district Case No. 05-GW-14 Designated Basin: Northern High Plains Attorney: Devin Odell Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer <br />Subject: The Pioneer Irrigation District, Colorado Board, certain owners of the Laird Ditch, and the Division of Wildlife (“Petitioners”) are prosecuting (after remand from the district <br /> court) a Petition to redraw the current boundaries of the Northern High Plains Designated Ground Water Basin (“Basin”) for the purpose of excluding water that is allegedly tributary. <br /> The Petition is opposed by the seven ground water management districts, certain well users and the Commission Staff (“Objectors”). <br /> <br />Status: The parties have agreed to a settlement of the case, involving a lease and purchase of the surface rights. The voters approved this settlement in the November 4, 2008 election, <br /> and the case will accordingly be dismissed. <br /> <br />CHEROKEE METROPOLITAN DISTRICT Case No. 05-GW-15, 16, 17 Designated Basin: Upper Black Squirrel Management District: Upper Black Squirrel Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer Attorney: <br /> Devin Odell <br />Subject: These cases involve nine applications for the withdrawal of groundwater from the Upper Black Squirrel Designated Ground Water Basin on land leased by the applicant. In its <br />November 2006 meeting, the Commission directed Staff to proceed with evaluation and publication of the applications and notify the legal land owners of the applications. Following publication, <br /> the Commission received some 400 objections. However, the hearing officer ruled that only those objections—totaling about 80—that had been filed by the deadline and with the statutory <br /> $10 fee would be considered in the proceeding. The hearing officer issued an order setting a hearing in the matter. Prior to the hearing, the proceedings in this matter were stayed <br /> pending the outcome of a district court action to determine the legal effect and validity of the applicant’s leases. <br /> <br />Status: Following the remand by the District Court, the hearing officer has reset the hearing for the first week in March. Issues at the hearing will include the validity of the leases <br /> and the saturated thickness of the aquifer. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />pETITIONS TO amend boundaries of basin—Kroskob and Uhrick Case No. 07-GW-19 Designated Basin: Kiowa-Bijou Management District: North Kiowa-Bijou Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer <br /> Attorney: Devin Odell <br />Subject: This matter involves two petitions to expand the boundaries of the Kiowa-Bijou Designated Ground Water Basin to include two square-mile parcels on the northeastern edge of <br /> the basin, one contiguous with the existing basin and the other not contiguous. Staff published the petitions pursuant to direction from the Commission and received two objections, <br /> one from the North Kiowa-Bijou Ground Water Management District and one joint objection from the Bijou Irrigation Co. and Bijou Irrigation District. <br /> <br />Status: Following a hearing on August 4-7, 2008, the hearing officer issued an order denying the petitions, ruling that the petitioners did not meet their burden of proof. Petitioners <br /> have 30 days following the issuance of this initial decision issued on November 4, 2008, to appeal it to the Commission. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />freund investments, llc Case No. 07-GW-27 to 29 & 34 to 37 Designated Basin: Kiowa-Bijou Management District: North Kiowa-Bijou Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer Attorney: <br /> Devin Odell <br />Subject: These matters involve issuance of final permits for wells that were constructed and put to beneficial use prior to 1965. The Staff published final permit notices, as required <br /> by statutes, and the District objected because the wells had not been included on the records of the assessor, and had therefore not paid any special assessment to the District and/or <br /> on the grounds of abandonment. A hearing was held on September 30, 2008, at which Staff and the District presented evidence regarding past and present use of the wells. <br /> <br /> Status: The hearing officer issued an order cancelling all permits on the grounds that the claimants failed to meet their burden of proof by not responding to requests for information <br /> regarding the wells or participating in the proceedings before the Commission. The Staff has appealed the initial decision to the Commission. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />Shaw, sharon and Terry Case No. 07-GW-67 Designated Basin: Upper Black Squirrel Creek Management District: Upper Black Squirrel Creek Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer Attorney: <br /> Devin Odell <br />This case involves three applications for determinations of water rights. The Cherokee Metropolitan District has submitted an objection. <br /> <br />Status: Because the application involves lands also at issue in Cherokee Metropolitan District’s applications in Case No. 05-GW15-17, the case has been stayed pending resolution of <br /> that case. <br /> <br />Springs east airport, inc Case No. 07-GW-69 Designated Basin: Upper Black Squirrel Creek Management District: Upper Black Squirrel Creek Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer Attorney: <br /> Devin Odell <br />This matter involves an application for a change of water right. The Cherokee Metropolitan District filed an objection. The applicant and objector entered into settlement discussions <br /> and requested that further proceedings be stayed until further notice. <br /> <br />Status: The applicant has moved to lift the stay and, following a status conference, set the matter for a hearing on January 14, 2009 <br /> <br />Morgan county quality water district Case No. 08-GW-67 Designated Basin: Lost Creek Management District: Lost Creek Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer Attorney: Devin Odell <br />This matter involves an application for a new alluvial well for municipal purposes. The District has objected on the grounds that the application may be injurious to vested rights and <br /> have legal and policy implications for the District. <br /> <br />Status: The District and the applicant settled the matter, and the hearing officer remanded it to Staff for administrative processing. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />cargill cattle feeders, llc Case No. 08-GW-68 Designated Basin: Northern High Plains Management District: W-Y Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer Attorney: Devin Odell <br />This matter involves an application to change the use of a well for use in a cattle feeding operation. The applicant disagrees with the consumptive use numbers in the final permit issued <br /> by Staff, which were lower than those that were published because of several recalculations. <br /> <br />Status: A hearing will be held on December 9 and 10, 2008 on this matter. <br /> <br /> <br />Janice connolly Case No. 08-GW-69 & 70 Designated Basin: Lost Creek Management District: Lost Creek Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer Attorney: Devin Odell <br />This matter involves an application to change the description of the irrigated acres used under a final permit. The District objected on the grounds that the application appeared to <br /> increase the allowable irrigated acres. <br /> <br />Status: A hearing has been set for March 18, 2009. <br /> <br />cherokee metropolitan district Case No. 08-GW-71 Designated Basin: Upper Black Squirrel Creek Management District: Upper Black Squirrel Creek Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer <br /> Attorney: Devin Odell <br />This matter involves an application for approval of a replacement plan to make new appropriations from the alluvial aquifer within the basin. Objections were submitted by the District, <br /> along with four other water users in the basin. <br /> <br />Status: A hearing has been set for two weeks in Denver beginning on June 8, 2009. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />2 <br />Attorney General’s Report Page <br />November 21, 2008 GWC Meeting <br /> <br />6 <br /> <br /> <br />2 <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />AGReport2008-11-21.pdfMicrosoft Word - AGReport2008-11-21.doc <br /> ATTORNEY GENERAL’S REPORT Cases involving the Colorado Ground Water Commission November 21, 2008 The listing below summarizes matters in which the Office of the Attorney General represents <br /> the Colorado Ground Water Commission as of November 10, 2008. APPEAL OF RULES ADOPTED BY THE UPPER BLACK SQUIRREL CREEK GROUND WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICT Case No. 04-CV-4457 Designated <br /> Basin: Upper Black Squirrel Management District: Upper Black Squirrel Before: Hon. Larry Schwartz, El Paso County District Court Attorney: Pat Kowaleski Subject: Cherokee, <br /> Meridian Ranch, Meridian Service, Paint Brush Hills and Woodmen Hills Metropolitan Districts filed an appeal to the adoption of Rule Nos. 3, 17, 18, and 19 by the Upper Black Squirrel <br /> Creek Ground Water Management District. The Upper Black Squirrel Creek District issued rules limiting withdrawals from large capacity wells, and, pursuant to statute, the Commission <br /> was required to approve the rules. On October 29, 2004, Cherokee et al filed an appeal with the District Court in El Paso County. The Commission filed a Motion to Dismiss the District <br /> Court action on the grounds that the Commission had not yet completed its review, and the matter was therefore not ripe for an appeal to District Court. The District Court put the matter <br /> on hold until the Hearing Officer and the Commission acted on the remand to the Hearing Officer. Status: After a status conference, the parties concluded that the matter can probably <br /> be decided by motions, without the necessity for a trial. The legal issues have been briefed, and we are waiting for a decision from the Court. MOSER V. GROUND WATER COMMISSION Case <br /> No. 07-CV-487 Designated Basin: Proposed Box Elder Creek Management District: Before: Hon. Roger Klein, Weld County District Court Attorney: Pat Kowaleski Subject: The Commission <br /> denied the request of John Moser, et al, to create the Box Elder Creek Designated Basin, and Moser appealed the Commission’s decision to District Court. Pursuant to statute, the matter <br /> will be tried de novo by the Court. Attorney General’s Report Page November 21, 2008 GWC Meeting 2 2 Status: The Court ordered the setting of the trial to be stayed so as to allow <br /> the parties to brief the disputed legal issues, including the preclusive effect of the court’s final decree (to be issued this spring) in Central Colorado Water Conservancy District’s <br /> Well Augmentation Subdistrict case, which included findings by the court regarding the Box Elder Creek drainage. On July 31, Moser filed a 45 page Motion For Determination of Questions <br /> of Law. The Commission has responded and the issues should be ruled upon by the Court soon. PIONEER IRRIGATION DISTRICT Case No. 05-GW-14 Designated Basin: Northern High Plains <br /> Attorney: Devin Odell Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer Subject: The Pioneer Irrigation District, Colorado Board, certain owners of the Laird Ditch, and the Division of Wildlife <br /> (“Petitioners”) are prosecuting (after remand from the district court) a Petition to redraw the current boundaries of the Northern High Plains Designated Ground Water Basin (“Basin”) <br /> for the purpose of excluding water that is allegedly tributary. The Petition is opposed by the seven ground water management districts, certain well users and the Commission Staff <br /> (“Objectors”). Status: The parties have agreed to a settlement of the case, involving a lease and purchase of the surface rights. The voters approved this settlement in the November <br /> 4, 2008 election, and the case will accordingly be dismissed. CHEROKEE METROPOLITAN DISTRICT Case No. 05-GW-15, 16, 17 Designated Basin: Upper Black Squirrel Management District: <br /> Upper Black Squirrel Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer Attorney: Devin Odell Subject: These cases involve nine applications for the withdrawal of groundwater from the Upper <br /> Black Squirrel Designated Ground Water Basin on land leased by the applicant. In its November 2006 meeting, the Commission directed Staff to proceed with evaluation and publication <br /> of the applications and notify the legal land owners of the applications. Following publication, the Commission received some 400 objections. However, the hearing officer ruled that <br /> only those objections—totaling about 80—that had been filed by the deadline and with the statutory $10 fee would be considered in the proceeding. The hearing officer issued an order <br /> setting a hearing in the matter. Prior to the hearing, the proceedings in this matter were stayed pending the outcome of a district court action to determine the legal effect and validity <br /> of the applicant’s leases. Status: Following the remand by the District Court, the hearing officer has reset the hearing for the first week in March. Issues at the hearing will include <br /> the validity of the leases and the saturated thickness of the aquifer. Attorney General’s Report Page November 21, 2008 GWC Meeting 3 3 PETITIONS TO AMEND BOUNDARIES OF BASIN—KROSKOB <br /> AND UHRICK Case No. 07-GW-19 Designated Basin: Kiowa-Bijou Management District: North Kiowa-Bijou Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer Attorney: Devin Odell Subject: This matter <br /> involves two petitions to expand the boundaries of the Kiowa-Bijou Designated Ground Water Basin to include two square-mile parcels on the northeastern edge of the basin, one contiguous <br /> with the existing basin and the other not contiguous. Staff published the petitions pursuant to direction from the Commission and received two objections, one from the North Kiowa-Bijou <br /> Ground Water Management District and one joint objection from the Bijou Irrigation Co. and Bijou Irrigation District. Status: Following a hearing on August 4-7, 2008, the hearing <br /> officer issued an order denying the petitions, ruling that the petitioners did not meet their burden of proof. Petitioners have 30 days following the issuance of this initial decision <br /> issued on November 4, 2008, to appeal it to the Commission. FREUND INVESTMENTS, LLC Case No. 07-GW-27 to 29 & 34 to 37 Designated Basin: Kiowa-Bijou Management District: North <br /> Kiowa-Bijou Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer Attorney: Devin Odell Subject: These matters involve issuance of final permits for wells that were constructed and put to beneficial <br /> use prior to 1965. The Staff published final permit notices, as required by statutes, and the District objected because the wells had not been included on the records of the assessor, <br /> and had therefore not paid any special assessment to the District and/or on the grounds of abandonment. A hearing was held on September 30, 2008, at which Staff and the District presented <br /> evidence regarding past and present use of the wells. Status: The hearing officer issued an order cancelling all permits on the grounds that the claimants failed to meet their burden <br /> of proof by not responding to requests for information regarding the wells or participating in the proceedings before the Commission. The Staff has appealed the initial decision to <br /> the Commission. Attorney General’s Report Page November 21, 2008 GWC Meeting 4 4 SHAW, SHARON AND TERRY Case No. 07-GW-67 Designated Basin: Upper Black Squirrel Creek Management <br /> District: Upper Black Squirrel Creek Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer Attorney: Devin Odell This case involves three applications for determinations of water rights. The <br /> Cherokee Metropolitan District has submitted an objection. Status: Because the application involves lands also at issue in Cherokee Metropolitan District’s applications in Case No. <br /> 05-GW15-17, the case has been stayed pending resolution of that case. SPRINGS EAST AIRPORT, INC Case No. 07-GW-69 Designated Basin: Upper Black Squirrel Creek Management District: <br /> Upper Black Squirrel Creek Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer Attorney: Devin Odell This matter involves an application for a change of water right. The Cherokee Metropolitan <br /> District filed an objection. The applicant and objector entered into settlement discussions and requested that further proceedings be stayed until further notice. Status: The applicant <br /> has moved to lift the stay and, following a status conference, set the matter for a hearing on January 14, 2009 MORGAN COUNTY QUALITY WATER DISTRICT Case No. 08-GW-67 Designated Basin: <br /> Lost Creek Management District: Lost Creek Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer Attorney: Devin Odell This matter involves an application for a new alluvial well for municipal <br /> purposes. The District has objected on the grounds that the application may be injurious to vested rights and have legal and policy implications for the District. Status: The District <br /> and the applicant settled the matter, and the hearing officer remanded it to Staff for administrative processing. Attorney General’s Report Page November 21, 2008 GWC Meeting <br /> 5 5 CARGILL CATTLE FEEDERS, LLC Case No. 08-GW-68 Designated Basin: Northern High Plains Management District: W-Y Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer Attorney: Devin Odell <br /> This matter involves an application to change the use of a well for use in a cattle feeding operation. The applicant disagrees with the consumptive use numbers in the final permit <br /> issued by Staff, which were lower than those that were published because of several recalculations. Status: A hearing will be held on December 9 and 10, 2008 on this matter. JANICE <br /> CONNOLLY Case No. 08-GW-69 & 70 Designated Basin: Lost Creek Management District: Lost Creek Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer Attorney: Devin Odell This matter involves <br /> an application to change the description of the irrigated acres used under a final permit. The District objected on the grounds that the application appeared to increase the allowable <br /> irrigated acres. Status: A hearing has been set for March 18, 2009. CHEROKEE METROPOLITAN DISTRICT Case No. 08-GW-71 Designated Basin: Upper Black Squirrel Creek Management District: <br /> Upper Black Squirrel Creek Before: Jody Grantham, Hearing Officer Attorney: Devin Odell This matter involves an application for approval of a replacement plan to make new appropriations <br /> from the alluvial aquifer within the basin. Objections were submitted by the District, along with four other water users in the basin. Status: A hearing has been set for two weeks <br /> in Denver beginning on June 8, 2009. <br />EnforcemenItemsandActionsGWC.doc <br />Enforcement Items and Actions <br /> <br />Enforcement actions performed by staff this quarter are summarized below: <br /> <br />NORTHERN HIGH PLAINS <br /> <br />Marks Butte GWMD <br /> <br />-Mark Reifenrath was identified as using an irrigation well to irrigate illegally expanded acres. A show cause has been sent to Mr. Reifenrath, but we have not yet received a response. <br /> Staff is proceeding with enforcement actions. <br /> <br />Arikarre GWMD <br /> <br />-At the request of the GWMD, Staff reviewed C L Karks irrigation operation and verified that Mr. Karks is operating his irrigation wells in compliance with the permits. There is no violation <br /> at this time. <br /> <br />-Charles and Lois Schulte were identified as using irrigation wells to irrigate illegally expanded acres. A show cause has been sent to Mr. and Mrs. Schulte, and we are awaiting their <br /> response. <br /> <br />KIOWA BIJOU <br /> <br />North Kiowa Bijou GWMD <br /> <br />-Wayne Mitchell was identified as using his irrigation well for unpermitted commercial purposes. Mr. Mitchell is currently applying to change the use of his permit. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />GWCLetterHead.doc <br /> <br /> STATE OF COLORADO <br />GROUND WATER COMMISSION <br />Division of Water Resources <br />Department of Natural Resources <br /> <br />1313 Sherman Street, Room 818 <br />Denver, Colorado 80203 <br />Phone (303) 866-3581 <br />FAX (303) 866-3589 <br /> Bill Ritter, Jr. <br /> Governor <br /> <br /> Harris D. Sherman <br /> Executive Director, DNR <br /> <br /> Dick Wolfe, P.E. <br /> Executive Director <br />