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Normal wildfire season expected, though severe drought remains a concern for some areas of Colorado

DENVER — Monday, May 12, 2014 — The current outlook for significant wildland fire potential for Colorado is expected to be normal, at least for the early part of the wildfire season, Gov. John Hickenlooper and state wildfire experts announced today.

Areas of greatest potential for wildfire are the plains of Eastern Colorado, until green-up expands; southeastern Colorado, where severe drought conditions continue; and southwest Colorado, where snowpack values are below average.

Durango FPD needs your help with a Impact Fee Study


Durango Fire Protection District is in the process of writing a RFP for an “Impact Fee Study” and would like to contact those organizations – particularly if they are combination fire (career/volunteer) -- that have gone through the process of writing a RFP for an “Impact Fee Study” (specifically impacting the fire service).

May we have copies of their reports?

What company – if any -- was chosen to develop the reports?

Gov. Hickenlooper names Stan Hilkey as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety


DENVER — Thursday, May 8, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today Stan Hilkey will be the next Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety (DPS).

Hilkey is the sheriff in Mesa County and will bring to his new job more than 28 years of public safety experience in the criminal justice system involving areas such as patrol operations, investigations and critical incident management.

Many Special Districts receive The Wildfire Risk Reduction Grants


DENVER — Tuesday, May 6, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today $1.7 million in grants to reduce wildfire risk in communities across Colorado. The grants will be directed to 27 projects in 13 counties to treat approximately 6,500 acres in areas where human development and forested landscapes overlap, often called the wildland-urban interface.


CWC Water Quality Committee - Revised sec 5.4 Co Water Plan

In cooperation with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), the Water Quality Control Division (division) is developing Colorado’s Water Plan Subsection 5.4 Water Quality which is due in draft to CWCB at the end of May. Information about the division’s work on the water quality subsection and opportunities for public input is available at the Colorado’s Water Plan page on the WQ Forum’s website,

Colorado receives HUD approval on state plan to spend $62.8 million on flood recovery

DENVER — Wednesday, April 30, 2014  — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced it approved Colorado’s Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Action Plan. The Plan outlines how Colorado will distribute $62.8 million in grant dollars received from HUD for flood recovery programs.

Broken Arrow Exercise Test Rapid Mobilization of 30 Fire Trucks for WUI Fires

The Colorado State Fire Chiefs would like to invite you to attend one of the upcoming “Broken Arrow” fire apparatus mobilization exercises

·         Saturday, May 3 in Douglas County or,

·         Tuesday, May 13 in Larimer County  

Don't forget to thank your Wastewater Operator's next week... You know they deserve it!

WHEREAS, Colorado’s water is a valuable economic, environmental, and recreational resource that should be protected; and
WHEREAS, Colorado’s wastewater treatment workers consistently work to improve the cleanliness of Colorado’s streams, rivers, and lakes; and
WHEREAS, Colorado’s wastewater treatment workers include operators, maintenance personnel, laboratory workers, sewer maintenance workers, biosolids workers, industrial waste pretreatment workers, administrative workers, engineers, an

Common Voices Fire Safety Day May 6


On Tuesday, May 6, a fire safety day will be held by Common Voices at the South Metro Fire Department Headquarters.  Please see the attached flyer for more information

Registration and more information is available at

State Funded Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Programs - Stakeholder Meeting

Historically, the Water Quality Control Division administered two separate small community grant programs under two statutes: grants for drinking water (C.R.S. 25-1.5-208) and grants for wastewater (C.R.S. 25-8-703). In 2009, Senate Bill 09-165 directed an annual transfer of up to $10M from the Severance Tax Trust Fund to the drinking water program. This bill only amended the drinking water statute and did not provide the same continuous source of revenue for wastewater, making it unclear that funds could be used for both drinking water and wastewater.