Colorado Water Plan

The first draft of Colorado’s new water plan offered plenty of background information about the state’s water, but didn’t say exactly what can be done to avoid a looming water-supply gap. By 2050, the state could be short billions of gallons per year. Lawrence MacDonnell, a natural resources law professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, led an academic review team that issued a report on the Draft Colorado Water Plan, finding that it offers little in the way of specifics.

“As written, the Draft is not really a plan; it is a summary of a process that has identified problems” the reviewers wrote. At this point, the Water Plan is full of words like “improve, research, explore, strengthen, consider, monitor, encourage and support.” “Where’s the beef?” said MacDonnell, while also acknowledging the difficult political challenges ahead.