Southwest Basin Roundtable

The Southwest Basin Roundtable (SBR) conducted their last quarterly meeting of 2011 on October 12th in Cortez. In addition to discussion of Roundtable business, to include fund balances both at the local and state levels, two new SBR representatives were elected. Also, representatives from the Colorado Foundation for Water Education provided an update on statewide Water 2012 plans. Prior to the Roundtable meeting there was Public Education and Participation Outreach (PEPO) meeting, with the primary focus on brainstorming story ideas for the 2012 Headwaters Magazine issue that will be published featuring the Dolores/San Juan River Basin. Following that meeting, lunch was provided and a Colorado River Water Supply Availability Study (CRWAS) Workshop was conducted from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. The workshop provided a combination of a presentation by the CRWAS team and open dialogue with workshop attendees to help basin stakeholders understand the value of the Study, the extent of available CRWAS data, the process to access CRWAS data, and examples on how to use CRWAS data for basin planning and decision making purposes. A major focus of the workshop and the roundtable meeting itself was the use of the portfolio tool to evaluate the extent of agriculture dry-up on the front range and west slope resulting from various options for meeting the front range M&I gaps.