September 15, 2009--State plans for multiple water futures (Pueblo Chieftain)

The state is moving closer to a plan to reduce the impact of drying up farmland to meet urban growth demands. The Interbasin Compact Committee, working with the Colorado Water Conservation Board, has begun crunching numbers in looking at how the quest to satisfy future water demands will affect current uses. “Rather than plan for one future, we are trying to look at multiple futures,” said IBCC staffer Eric Hecox, as he explained a computer tool that anticipates a mix of existing projects, new supplies, conservation and agricultural transfers. The IBCC looked at several alternative portfolios - the mix of strategies needed to meet a variety of growth scenarios in an attempt to hit a moving target. Most of the alternatives include new water from the Western Slope, dry-up of farmland in all parts of the state and conservation or reuse of urban water supplies.

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