Presentation on theme: "Celebrate WATER FLUENCY Colorado Basin Roundtable in cooperation with the Negotiating our Water Future in Colorado & the Colorado River Basin Water 2012.org."— Presentation transcript:
Celebrate WATER FLUENCY Colorado Basin Roundtable in cooperation with the Negotiating our Water Future in Colorado & the Colorado River Basin Water 2012.org
Overview Colorado Water Overview (Water 2012 Speakers Bureau – statewide education effort) Water supply challenges In Colorado Basin-wide Constraints on water use The Colorado Basin’s predicament Statewide water planning/ seeking solutions: Key Players Basin Roundtable role Trade-offs How you can participate
Celebrate…because water is important for all that we do
Celebrate…because Colorado is a headwaters state Snow falls in the mountainsBuilds as snowpack
And drains in the spring and summer. Nourishing 19 states and Mexico
Full report available at: http://www.nwccog.org/index.php/programs/water-qualityquantity-committee/ Figures from report “Water and its Relationship to the Economies of the Headwaters Counties,” commissioned by the Northwest Colorado Council of governments.
Stresses Headwaters: Low, Flat Flows Flows reduced by transmountain diversions. Ecosystem impacts: degraded habitat for fish, riparian vegetation Economic impacts: impediment to growth, tourism Middle section: Flows depend on Shoshone Call Water quality concerns: natural gas drilling, saline springs Rapid population growth Lower section: Flows depend on Cameo, Shoshone Salts and selenium leach into river when water percolates through soils. Less high-mountain water makes river saltier.
CO Water Planning - Key Players Interest GroupsInstitutions Water utilities Farmers Industry Environmental Advocates Recreation Advocates Local governments CO Water Conservation Board (CWCB): State studies & funding Basin Roundtables: Stakeholder groups established by the legislature for “bottom-up” planning Inter-basin Compact Committee (IBCC): Roundtable of Roundtables
ConservationAg to Urban Transfers New Projects (Colorado Basin development) Roundtables developed preferred portfolios of these elements to fill the gap & contribute to a statewide water plan scheduled for completion in 2015. IBCC called for the “4-legged stool” Already planned projects (Windy Gap firming, Moffat Collection System, others) plus:
Colorado Basin Roundtable: Seeking Solutions Assessing Needs Consumptive needs: “the gap” inside the basin is manageable Water & energy study: appears to be enough water in the Yampa/White Basin to support oil shale development Non-consumptive: mapping attributes+ flow evaluation tool Funding Projects Reservoir enlargements Watershed planning Studies Projects to address environmental and recreational needs Planning and Negotiating Analyzing the Gap Weighing Trade-offs Negotiating with other Basin Roundtables
Trade-off issues: Agricultural losses east of the divide generally go up as Colorado River Water development goes down. Agriculture on the Western Slope is highly inter-dependent with agriculture on the eastern plains. Many are worried about risk: To eastern plains agriculture if we “underdevelop” the Colorado. Of a “compact curtailment” if we overdevelop it. Disagreement over how much can be saved via conservation: more regulation may be required for bigger savings.
How You Can Participate: Monitor developments via e-newsletter; sign up at www.coloradomesa.edu/watercenter to subscribe. www.coloradomesa.edu/watercenter Attend Colorado Basin Roundtable meetings: 4 th Monday each month, 1-4pm, Glenwood Springs Community Center Talk to your Basin Roundtable Representatives. Find the list at: http://www.coloradomesa.edu/WaterCenter/documents/ColoBRTlist.pdf http://www.coloradomesa.edu/WaterCenter/documents/ColoBRTlist.pdf www.ColoradoMesa.Edu/WaterCenter Water2012.org