Colorado River Water Conservation District

Two West Slope Water Conservation Districts Jointly Adopt Principles for Addressing Colorado River Drought Conditions

The two Water Conservation Districts that comprise the entire Colorado River basin in Colorado adopted implementation principles concerning how the current, extended drought conditions are addressed on the Colorado River’s storage system.

December 1, 2014--Colorado River Basin to state: Not so fast (Aspen Times)

The Colorado River Basin Roundtable last week pushed back against a perception that Western Slope interests have reached an agreement about a conceptual transmountain diversion, as indicated by a draft of the Colorado Water Plan and recent remarks by James Eklund, the director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board.


November 23, 2014--Regional officials skeptical as draft of water plan emerges (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Colorado’s first stab at a statewide water plan makes no direct call for a new transmountain diversion of West Slope water to the Front Range. That doesn’t mean West Slope water is off the table, though, said observers and a member of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Far from it.


November 9, 2014--Colorado girds for proliferating people and increasingly scarce water (Denver Post)

Colorado is looking for 163 billion gallons of water, and a long-awaited state plan for finding it calls for increased conservation, reusing treated wastewater and diverting more water from the Western Slope. The plan, ordered by Gov. John Hickenlooper to deal with a massive projected water shortfall, is about to be unveiled.


October 27, 2014--Water official: Address Western Slope concerns (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A Western Slope water official wants to make sure that even if a draft state water plan doesn’t solve conflicts over Colorado River basin issues, it at least fully acknowledges their existence. Dan Birch, deputy general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, made the request in an Oct. 10 letter to the Colorado Water Conservation Board.


Colorado River and Southwestern Water Conservation Districts

The two water conservation districts that comprise the entire Colorado River basin in Colorado adopted implementation principles concerning how the current, extended drought conditions are addressed on the Colorado River’s storage system.
 
The Colorado River and Southwestern Water Conservation Districts met in a special joint meeting on September 18th in Montrose, CO to address the ongoing drought conditions in the Colorado River basin and its effects on storage and operations of Lakes Powell and Mead. The two boards unanimously adopted a recommended priority for a contingency plan in response to extraordinarily low reservoir levels. The boards resolved that changes in federal reservoir operations and additional investment in river augmentation programs must be the first priority.
 

October 2, 2014--Good intentions gone awry on the Colorado River (Mountain Town News)

For Brad Udall, family history and public policy in the Colorado River mingle. His father was Morris K. Udall, a congressman from Arizona who pushed hard for the Central Arizona Project, which was approved by Congress in 1968. His uncle Stewart Udall, a former Arizona congressman, was secretary of Interior when CAP was approved.


September 28, 2014--Concern mounts about Colorado River water supply (Durango Herald)

The water in Navajo Reservoir could play a role in meeting Colorado River Compact obligations in the event of continued drought, Bruce Whitehead, director of the Southwestern Water Conservation District said Friday.


September 23, 2014--Water conservation districts plan for the worst (KVNF)

With monsoon season passing us, it might be easy to forget that Colorado and the entire Colorado River are in the middle of a long drought--14 years long. With seemingly no end in sight, two water conservation districts, the Colorado River and Southwestern Water Conservation District, teamed up to come up with a plan in case things don’t get better.  Jim Pokrandt is with the Col


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