Colorado Water Plan

September 18, 2016--Severance tax funds running low as source for state’s water plan (Grand Junction Sentinel)

If Colorado’s state water plan is to keep the headwaters state in control of its lifeblood, the plan will require a new spring of cash to replace one that is running dry, officials said Friday. Where the money will come from — and ideas run from mill levies to sales taxes to tap fees to usage fees — isn’t clear, state Rep.


August 9, 2016--Denver Water CEO says ‘coordinated plan' is needed for Colorado waters (Water Online)

A “coordinated plan” is needed in Colorado for the state to better manage its water systems, according to the CEO and manager of Denver Water, Jim Lochhead. Lochhead, who took over Denver Water in 2010, believes that Colorado needs to have a thorough conversation about how to manage its water, according to aspenjournalism.org. Specifically, Lochhead w


July 29, 2016--Denver Water CEO calls for more flexibility in water management (Aspen Daily News)

Jim Lochhead, the CEO and manager of Denver Water, said Tuesday that building new dams in the Colorado River basin is not at the top of his to-do list. Nor, for that matter, is drying up farms to provide water for Colorado’s growing cities. But he says Colorado still needs to have hard conversations about how to flexibly manage its water.


June 13, 2016--Making water conservation a reality (Post Independent)

In issuing his executive order back in 2013 for the creation of the first statewide water plan, Gov. John Hickenlooper stated that “every conversation about water should begin with conservation.” It may be difficult to think of water conservation now as we look out our windows at rivers and creeks swollen with spring runoff, but we need to remind ourselves of where we live.


May 13, 2016--Colorado’s State Water Plan reflects changing attitudes towards western water management (National Law Review)

The completion of the state of Colorado’s Water Plan on November 19, 2015 reflects a growing trend in western water management away from conflict and towards collaborative discussion.


Colorado Water Plan and Growth

In an effort to better prepare for an estimated doubling of its population by the year 2050, from approximately 5 million people to an estimated 10.5 million, Colorado released their first Statewide Water Plan last November.


March 23, 2016--Colorado bird health an indicator of water quality for humans (Daily Summit)

The growing water issues and shortages throughout the western United States stand as a notable threat to the way of life for millions of Americans but could also pose just as significant a hazard for hundreds of native species of birds. Tuesday marked World Water Day, an observance by the United Nations of water issues impacting the world over that dates to the early- ’90s in order t


March 12, 2016--SWSI 2016 to look at variability in future supply (Pueblo Chieftain)

Still gazing at the ripples cast by Colorado’s Water Plan, the Colorado Water Conservation Board is getting ready to dive into another wave of the future. The board is preparing to update the Statewide Water Supply Initiative, which first outlined projected water needs of the state in 2004 and was updated in 2010. The document now serves as the technical basis for


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