- About WIP
- Participating Entities
- Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District
- City of Durango Water Commission
- Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority
- Dolores Water Conservancy District
- Florida Water Conservancy District
- La Plata Electric Association
- La Plata Water Conservancy District
- Mancos Conservation District
- Mancos Water Conservancy District
- Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD)
- Pine River Irrigation District
- San Juan Water Conservancy District
- Southwestern Water Conservation District
- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
- Regional Water Projects
- Animas River Stakeholders
- Animas-La Plata Project
- Cloud Seeding Program
- Dolores Project (McPhee Reservoir)
- Dry Gulch Reservoir (Pending)
- Florida Project (Lemon Reservoir)
- Jackson Gulch Reservoir
- Long Hollow Reservoir
- Pine River Project (Vallecito Reservoir)
- Rio Blanco Restoration Project
- River Protection Work Group
- UMETCO (Urivan) Water Rights
- Water Information
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- Colorado, Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Water Quality, Oil and Gas Development
Statewide Water Supply Initiative
Colorado has a water policy, but nothing like the plans in some other states. That’s the conclusion of Eric Hecox, who handles much of the water planning chores for the Colorado Water Conservation Board.
The Statewide Water Supply Initiative (SWSI) projects that Colorado’s population will nearly double by 2050, reaching between 8.6 million and 10.5 million people.
March 2, 2011--Water issues begin to boil over from pressure of new population growth (Crested Butte News)
There’s an old saying about water rights: water is for fightin’ and whiskey is for drinkin’. With the Statewide Water Supply Initiative’s (SWSI) recent projection that Colorado’s population will nearly double by 2050, reaching between 8.6 million and 10.5 million people, there could be a lot more to fight about and lot less water for whiskey.
Colorado will go thirsty in coming decades if the state continues to imbibe at its current rate. Population will continue to grow and competition for water will intensify, according to the Statewide Water Supply Initiative (SWSI), a report approved at a recent meeting of the Colorado Water Conservation Board.
A coordinated approach to future water supply and needs could save Colorado billions of dollars. The Colorado Water Conservation Board is finalizing a state water needs assessment and plans to begin taking action on its findings over the past six years by January, said Todd Doherty, a CWCB staffer.
If it’s business as usual, Colorado could reach a point where lawns are uprooted, even more food imported and water use strictly limited. If oil shale plans develop, a significant portion of the state’s undeveloped water will go toward energy production, and simply won’t be available for future population growth.
The Fryingpan-Arkansas Project was designed to bring much more water into the Arkansas River basin, so it’s time to find out if, and how, that could happen. “There is a 14,400-acre-foot gap,” Executive Director Jim Broderick told the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District board last week.
Solving the state’s looming water crisis is going to be hard, expensive and will take cooperation that is only dimly coming into focus.
Conservation measures alone could save up to 40 percent of water use and can be easily obtained without drastically altering how Coloradans take showers, wash clothes, and water their lawns, said Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Drought Planning Chief Veva Deheza.
Colorado is moving closer to seeing the impact of a “gap” in municipal water supplies.