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Notice of Work Session, March 1

San Juan Water Conservancy District has scheduled a Work Session at 11 am on Friday, March 1. The public Work Session is at 46 Eaton Drive Suite 5. The purpose of the in-person Work Session is to research and plan with Christi Bode of Moxiecran Media. There is no agenda and no actions will be taken. There is no opportunity for public comment.

Notice of Work Session, March 13

San Juan Water Conservancy District has scheduled a Work Session from 1 to 3 pm on Wednesday, March 13. The public Work Session is at 46 Eaton Drive Suite 5. The purpose of the in-person Work Session is to research and plan with Steve Wolff of Southwestern Water Conservation District. There is no agenda and no actions will be taken. There is no opportunity for public comment.

Notice of Regular Meeting, February 12

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of the San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD) is scheduled for Monday, February 12, 2024, 4:00 PM (Mountain Standard Time).

The meeting will be at the SJWCD office at 46 Eaton Drive Suite 5, Pagosa Springs, CO. The SJWCD Board will be discussing and sharing documents related to the agenda below.

This meeting is in-person, but may be attended by Zoom.

San Juan Water Conservancy District is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: SJWCD Regular Meeting

Time: Feb 12, 2024 04:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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For questions about how to participate by Zoom, please contact SJWCD Executive Assistant, Sally High, at shigh.sjwcd@gmail.com

Proposed Agenda for the Regular Meeting is as follows:

1. Call to Order

2. Revisions to Agenda

3. Disclosures of Conflict of Interest

4. Public Comment (3-minute limit)

5. Consideration of Attorney’s Report

6. Consideration of Public Comment at PAWSD Meeting

7. Discussion of SJWCD’s Three-part Film Series – “This is Your Watershed: Upper San Juan River.” Presentation by Christi Bode, Moxiecran Media (15 minutes).

8. Consideration of Treasurer’s Report and Colorado Trust Representation

9. Consideration of Check Signing Authority

10. Consideration of Approval of Records of Proceedings from 1/9/24 Regular Meeting

11. Chair Report and Outreach Updates

12. Consideration of Adoption of 2024 Strategic Objectives

13. Discussion of Board Members’ Participation in Strategic Objectives

14. Discussion of SJWCD Board Members’ Participation in Water Organizations (PAWSD, SWCD, SWBR, USHFHP, Park Ditch Association, etc.)

15. Consideration of Executive Session Pursuant to C.R.S. § 24-6-402(4)(b) for the purpose receiving legal advice on specific legal questions regarding: Consideration of Attorney’s Report; Discussion of SJWCD’s Three-part Film Series – “This is Your Watershed: Upper San Juan River.” Presentation by Christi Bode; Consideration of Treasurer’s Report; Consideration of Check Signing Authority; Consideration of Approval of Records of Proceedings of 1/9/24 Regular Meeting; Chair Report and Outreach Updates; Consideration of Public Comment at PAWSD Meeting; Consideration of Adoption of 2024 Strategic Objectives; Discussion of SJWCD Board Participation in Strategic Objectives; Discussion of SJWCD Board Participation in Water Organizations.

SAN JUAN WATER CONSERVANCY DISTRICT

By /s/ Sally High

Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors

DISTRICT SEAL

Notice of Work Session, January 22, 2024

A Work Session is scheduled for Directors of San Juan Water Conservancy District to review / revise the Strategic Plan for 2024. The 4 pm Work Session is in person at 46 Eaton Drive Suite 5 with a Zoom option. A Work Session is not a Meeting and no decisions will be made. It is open to the public, but provides no opportunity for public comment. There is no agenda.

Link to Zoom here.

Topic: SJWCD Work Session
Time: Jan 22, 2024 04:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Notice of Regular Meeting, January 9, 2024

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors of the San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD) is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9, 2024, 4:00 PM (Mountain Standard Time).

The meeting will be at the SJWCD office at 46 Eaton Drive Suite 5, Pagosa Springs, CO. The SJWCD Board will be discussing and sharing documents related to the agenda below.

This meeting is in-person, but may be attended by Zoom.

To remotely access the SJWCD Regular Meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 4:00 PM MSD, use this link:

San Juan Water Conservancy District is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: San Juan Water Conservancy District Regular Meeting

Time: Jan 9, 2024 04:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 886 2380 9054

Passcode: 119574

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For questions about how to participate by Zoom, please contact SJWCD President and Chairman, Al Pfister at 970-985-5764 or apfister.sjwcd@gmail.com

Proposed Agenda for the Regular Meeting is as follows:

1. Call to Order

2. Revisions to Agenda

3. Disclosures of Conflict of Interest

4. Public Comment (3 minute limit)

5. Consideration of Attorney’s Report

6. Consideration of Attorney Engagement Agreement

7. Consideration of Treasurer’s Report and 2024 Budget

8. Consideration of Resolution 2024-01 – 2024 Budget

9. Consideration of Resolution 2024-02 – 2024 Exemption from Audit

10. Consideration of Resolution 2024-03 – 2024 Notice of Meetings

11. Consideration of Vacancy in Board of Directors

12. Consideration of Election of Officers

13. Consideration of Weber Lease of Running Iron Ranch

14. Consideration of Renewal of Water Education Colorado (WECO) Membership

15. Consideration of Approval of Records of Proceedings of November 2023 Special Meeting

16. Updates from Committees Advancing Strategic Objectives and Actions

Objective 1: Advance the San Juan River Headwaters Project (SJRHP) as one resource for meeting agricultural, municipal, environmental, and recreational water needs of the San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD) community.

Objective 2: Consider strategies beyond water storage for meeting agricultural, municipal, environmental, and recreational water needs of the SJWCD community.

Objective 3: Educate the SJWCD community about the water resources of the Upper San Juan River Basin and related issues, including the SJRHP, water resource planning, water conservation, and the work of the SJWCD.

17. Consideration of Executive Session Pursuant to C.R.S. § 24-6-402(4)(b) for the purpose receiving legal advice on specific legal questions regarding: Consideration of Attorney’s Report; Consideration of Attorney Engagement Agreement; Consideration of Treasurer’s Report; Consideration of Resolution 2024-01 – 2024 Budget; Consideration of Resolution 2024-02 – 2024 – Exemption from Audit; Consideration of Resolution 2024-03 – 2024 – Notice of Meetings; Consideration of Vacancy in Board of Directors; Consideration of Election of Officers; Consideration of Weber Lease of Running Iron Ranch; Consideration of Renewal of WECO Membership; Consideration of Approval of Records of Proceedings of November Special Meeting; Updates from Committees Advancing Strategic Objectives and Actions.

SAN JUAN WATER CONSERVANCY DISTRICT

By /s/ Sally High

Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors

DISTRICT SEAL

Special Joint Meeting with PAWSD, October 2023

RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

SAN JUAN WATER CONSERVANCY DISTRICT

SPECIAL JOINT MEETING WITH PAWSD – OCTOBER 12, 2023, 4 pm

Attendance

A Special Meeting of San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD) with Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) was held Thursday, October 12, 2023, at 4 pm in person at 100 Lyn Avenue and on Zoom.

The following SJWCD Directors were present in person: Al Pfister, Rob Hagberg, Candace Jones, Bill Nobles, and Chuck Riehm. Sally High, Executive Assistant, was present in person. Directors Proffitt and Nossaman attended by Zoom. SJWCD Attorney Jeff Kane attended by Zoom.

The following PAWSD Directors were present in person: Jim Smith, Gene Tauges, Bill Hudson, and Peter Hurley. Director Glenn Walsh attended by Zoom. PAWSD employees present were Renee Lewis, Cyndi Foster, Justin Ramsey, and Aaron Burns. PAWSD Attorney Brad Seidel attended by Zoom.

Attending by Zoom was Tobi Rohwer, business owner. Attending in person was Josh Pike, Pagosa SUN.

Call to Order

The Special Joint Meeting of SJWCD and PAWSD was called to order by PAWSD President Jim Smith at 4:00 p.m. A quorum from both boards was present.

Revisions to Agenda

The Boards considered Revisions to the Agenda. No revisions were needed.

Declarations of Conflicts of Interest

The Boards considered Declarations of Conflict of Interest. No Conflicts of Interest were identified.

Public Comments

No public comments were offered.

Consideration of Approach to Uses of the Jointly-Owned Property

Directors considered how to use the jointly-owned Running Iron Ranch property. Both the 2016 contract (long version) and the 2017 Power Point slides (short version), created by Renee Lewis and Justin Ramsey, were used to clarify understanding. A point clarified was the fiscal responsibility of both water districts in the event of sale of the property or default on the debt. Agreement was reached that the property should be used for the highest best public use.

Consideration of Weber Request to Extend Grazing Lease

The Weber family has run cattle on the Running Iron Ranch in years past and has requested an extension of the 2023 grazing lease. PAWSD has received approximately $3,750 a year from the Webers for grazing (on a per head basis). The existing lease required maintenance of the property. The Weber’s fulfillment of that expectation was not satisfactory, according to some directors. Other cattle ranchers have expressed an interest in leasing the property for grazing. PAWSD will consider other lease proposals if they are received before their December 14, 2023 meeting. The PAWSD Board Packet will be finalized by December 7.

Consideration of Public Access to River if County Interest Remains

PAWSD has voted to build employee housing on the 20-acre parcel and to no longer entertain a proposal from Archuleta County to build a put-in for boats and public access on the parcel. PAWSD stated that they may consider allowing private river outfitters to use the parcel as a put-in, under specific conditions.

Consideration of PAWSD’s Sale of Jointly-Owned Property

A realtor contacted PAWSD with a preliminary offer to buy the ~20-acre parcel on the river for $50,000 per acre ($1 million total). A suggestion was made that PAWSD contact the realtor and ask that the interested parties buy the entire 660 acres. A suggestion was made that options for securing future water supply, other

than using river water or building a reservoir, be explored. A suggestion was made to get a legal opinion as to whether or not it can be sold. PAWSD and SJWCD directors voted on whether or not to sell. The vote was a unanimous no.

There being no further business to come before the Board, the Special Meeting was adjourned at 5:00 pm.

SAN JUAN WATER CONSERVANCY DISTRICT

By /s/ Sally High

Executive Assistant for Board of Directors

DISTRICT SEAL