Water Supply Gap

July 26, 2015--Water bosses: Colorado will have enough water if managed right (Colorado Public Radio)

Even in the face of climate change and a growing population, Colorado can have enough water in the future. That's according to three water managers from around the state.

May 16, 2013--Hickenlooper directs Colorado agencies to create water plan (Denver Business Journal)

The state will start work on a new "Colorado Water Plan" to figure out how to secure enough water supplies across the state to meet urban and rural demands, according to an executive order from Gov. John Hickenlooper. The governor on Wednesday directed the Colorado Water Conservation Board to start work on the draft plan.

September 21, 2012--Gov.: State has learned from this year’s drought, but more action needed (Greeley Tribune)

Through lessons learned this year, Colorado is better prepared for continued drought and future rounds of dry weather, Gov. John Hickenlooper told water providers, experts, producers and others who attended a drought conference in Denver this week.

September 20, 2012--Drought drives Hick to consider: How many people is too many? (Denver Post)

Drought is driving Gov. John Hickenlooper and senior state planners to ask how many people Colorado could sustain in the future.

March 1, 2012--IBCC wants to move water projects (Pueblo Chieftain)

After seven years of meetings, the Interbasin Compact Committee appears ready to do something about the state’s municipal water gap. In preparation for a summit of the state’s nine basin roundtables today, the IBCC looked closely at how the roundtables have used a planning tool that incorporates identified projects, conservation, new projects and agricultural transfers.


The Statewide Water Supply Initiative (SWSI) projects that Colorado’s population will nearly double by 2050, reaching between 8.6 million and 10.5 million people.

Water Report: Conservation and Reuse Needed

Environmental groups have presented an alternative solution to meeting Colorado’s urban water supply gap. Conservation, reuse, sharing water resources and finding acceptable ‘smart’ projects can fill the urban supply gap identified by state studies, a report released by Western Resource Advocates, Trout Unlimited, and the Colorado Environmental Coalition claims.  The report, Filling the Gap: Common Sense Solutions to Meeting Front Range Water Needs, omits using new supplies of water and reduces the number of acceptable projects in favor of adding heavier emphasis on urban conservation and reuse. It also stresses cooperative ventures between agricultural water rights holders and cities, and using energy-efficient, environmentally responsible projects.

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