Roundtables

***Public Input Sought for Colorado Water Plan!***

As an essential resource, water supports the open space provided by the state’s productive ranches and farms, brings us recreational activities such as boating and fishing, is the source of high quality drinking water for our growing towns and cities, and provides life to the beautiful environment that surrounds us. 


Southwest Basin Roundtable Meeting

At their January 14th Southwest Basin Roundtable (SBR) meeting, chair Mike Preston reported the fund balance is approximately $606,000. In addition to administrative items, there was discussion of the seven points of: the “draft conceptual agreement” regarding transmountain diversions; alternative water sources to meet future east slope urban water demands that should be included in the SBR Basin Implementation Plan (BIP), as well as a recommendation that the CWCB also consider alternatives language; lawn conservation policies; and municipal conservation versus agricultural efficiency. The SBR also heard a conceptual proposal from Trout Unlimited for $15,000 in support of the development of a cold-water-fisheries adaptive management plan on the Upper Dolores River. The management plan would identify the appropriate places to invest limited conservation dollars and time and facilitate coordination between stakeholders. Project partners include the U.S. Forest Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Roundtable members made recommendations and asked questions. In the end there was consensus to recommend that a full application be submitted for consideration.


March 20, 2015--Colorado water: Potential new transmountain diversion gets a boost (Aspen Times)

The prospects for a potential new transmountain water diversion that would bring more water to Colorado’s growing cities on the Front Range appeared to brighten recently during a meeting of about 300 Colorado water leaders. At the meeting, held in Westminster on March 12, members of the state’s nine river basin roundtables responded in near unanimity to a straw poll regarding a


December 21, 2014--Water talks regard a new transmountain diversion in Colorado (Aspen Journal)

A draft seven-point framework that lays out conditions for a potential new transmountain diversion in Colorado was explained Thursday in Grand Junction to the members of four Western Slope water-planning roundtables.


December 19, 2014--Agriculture a major priority in water talks (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Protecting Western Slope agriculture appears to be one area of agreement as the region looks for ways of speaking with one voice on Colorado water issues. That was one takeaway from what was effectively a Western Slope water summit held Thursday in Grand Junction with the goal of presenting some consolidated messages on the state’s newly drafted water plan.


December 13, 2014--Colorado's Water Plan is a big step forward (Denver Post)

No single issue will have a more direct impact on Colorado's future than our ability to successfully and collaboratively manage our life-giving water. Water pumps the beating heart of Colorado's sublime appeal. It provides for thriving agriculture, the green hue of our forests, farmfields and, yes, even lawns.


November 26, 2014--Statewide water plan taking shape (Pine River Times)

Prospects are for the state's population to double by 2050, while the state's water supply does not increase - and it could even decrease with climate change. That's driving creation of the Colorado Water Plan, which was initiated in May 2013 by an executive order from Gov. John Hickenlooper.


October 14, 2014--18,000 Coloradans call on water board for strong conservation and efficiency in state water plan (Groundfloor Media)

More than 18,000 people across Colorado have sent messages supporting smart water policies such as increased conservation and efficiency to be prioritized in the first-ever Colorado State Water Plan. Set in motion through an executive order by Gov. John Hickenlooper, the plan will determine how water is managed across Colorado for decades to come.


October 2, 2014--Colorado’s river economy worth $9 billion (High Country News)

As Colorado prepares its first statewide water plan, which will determine how water is managed water across the state now and for decades to come, a crucial debate is taking place: how to divvy up Colorado’s dwindling water supplies.


September 18, 2014--Urban, agricultural communities clash over Colorado Water Plan (Greeley Tribune)

By 2050, projections place Northern Colorado’s population at double its current level — a forecast that threatens to not only challenge but possibly tap out the region’s water resources. In the South Platte Water Basin, a 22,000-square mile district including Weld County, this population boom could equate to major water shortages in the not-so-distant future.


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