Meetings are held on the first Thursday of every
month (unless otherwise noted) in the City
Council Chambers, second floor, 135 North
Animas, Trinidad, CO.

Meeting Dates & Times
January 5th, 7:00 p.m.
February 2nd, 7:00 p.m.
March 2nd, 7:00 p.m.
April 6th, 7:30 p.m.
May 4th,  7:30 p.m.
1st, 7:30 p.m.
6th,  7:30 p.m.
3rd, 7:30 p.m.
7th, 7:30 p.m.
5th,  7:30 p.m.
November 2nd, 7:00 p.m.
December  7th, 7:00 p.m.
Inter-basin Compact Commission:
Round table Meetings

All meetings are open and the
public is encouraged to attend.
Please check their website @
for current meeting information,
minutes of past meetings and
roundtable information.
Colorado Water Conservation Board
Upcoming meeting information:

Three species of non-native trees are of
concern in the Arkansas River valley
because of their effect on native habitat.

Tamarisk: Native to central Asia and
Africa, tamarisk, also known as salt
cedars, are shrubs or small trees that
grow in thickets imported to North America
as ornamental shrubs in the 1800s. Some
varieties reach up to 50 feet high. One
tree can use up to 200 gallons of water
per day, and produce up to 2.5 million
seeds. They are exceptionally resistant to
drought and fire and choke out native
vegetation. Controlled by combination of
chemical, biological and mechanical
Siberian elm: Native to China, eastern
Siberia and Korea, the Siberian elm
produces thousands of seeds that quickly
germinate, particularly in disturbed areas.
The fast-growing tree was brought into the
United States in the 1860s, and has
spread to most states. It can reach 50-70
feet in height. It grows well in dry
conditions and quickly displaces native
trees. Can be controlled chemically,
manually and by burning seeds.
Russian olive: Native to southeastern
Europe and western Asia, Russian olives
are small thorny trees that out compete
native species. It first came to the country
as an ornamental, then escaped to the
wild. It was formerly recommended for
windbreaks. The tree thrives in poor soil.
While offering some food and habitat for
wildlife, Russian olive is less suitable than
native plants. Mowing and removing dead
vegetation may be the most effective
control. Source: Plant Conservation
Alliance, Bureau of Land Management,
Federal Legislation:
It’s official – after 4 years of hard work by the House and Senate; the Salt Cedar and Russian Olive
Control Demonstration Act was signed by the President on October 11, 2006 and is now law. It is
referenced as HR2720 or Public Law 109-320 and can be viewed at the Library of Congress
website. Many, many people were involved to make this law a reality – special thanks to the two
sponsors, Representative Steve Pearce and Senator Pete Domenici. The principle components of
the Act include:

Authorization to fund $80 million for large-scale demonstrations and associated research over a
five year period
Assessment of the tamarisk and Russian olive problem during the first year
Assessment of bio-mass reduction and utilization
Demonstration projects for control and revegetation which will serve as research platforms to
assess restoration effectiveness, water savings, wildfire potential, wildlife habitat, biomass removal,
and economics of restoration
Project funding would be 75% federal and 25% local with up to $7,000,000 per project for the
federal share
Development of long-term management and funding strategies
Interior will be the lead and work with USDA through a memorandum of understanding to administer
the Act.
The next step, for which we are providing technical support, is the inclusion of appropriations to
fully fund the Act.