PSOP – The plan identified enlargement of Lake Pueblo and Turquoise Lake as the best ways to increase storage in the Arkansas River basin. But after 12 years, PSOP looks increasingly unlikely.
Water is in short supply. In the comingdecades, there could be a gap between watersupply and demand of as much as half amillion acre-feet or more per year. The entirestate is put at risk by this scenario, but it isparticularly threatening to Colorado’s ruralcommunities.
What we doknow is Colorado’s Water Plan will be balanced and will reflect Colorado’s best values. Thegovernor’s executive order specifies that Colorado’s Water Plan must promote a productiveeconomy that supports vibrant and sustainable businesses and cities, viable and productiveagriculture, and a robust skiing, recreation and tourism industry. The plan must further efficient andeffective water infrastructure promoting smart land use and a strong environment that includeshealthy watersheds, rivers and streams, and wildlife.
These are the 9 roundtables created from HB 1177Each of the 9 roundtables will create a BIPPopulation is in metro , south platt and arkansasa set of designated members, 10 at-large members, non-voting members, agency liaisons and the CWCB Board member from each basin.There are 34 voting members of the Colorado BRT
We are entering an era of increasing competition for water.
500,000 to 700,000 acres ag to urban transfers Statewide
That plan calls for releasing more water than would otherwise be the case from the Aspinall Unit of dams on the Gunnison River, as well as Navajo Lake and Flaming Gorge; voluntary, compensated release of water rights by some users; and continued work to augment existing supplies.
-Needs assessed include consumptive needs (for agriculture and towns) and nonconsumptive needs (for the environment and recreation). You will hear more about these analyses from our next speakers. -The Roundtable can direct funds to projects that will address identified needs. - On this slide you can see the extensive area the Roundtable covers, as well as a couple of the key controlling “calls” on the river that keep it running the way we are used to.
Visioning document White Paper, West Slope PrincipalsDeveloped themes from PLT’s, public, and interviewsGoals and Measureable outcomes (3 PLT’s)ActionsShort term actionsLong term actionsConstraints and opportunitiesMain-stem administration and management issues GIS maps of each region/county/watershedPublic outreach activitiesWater provider interviewsWest Slope Caucus All of this is iterative and subject to your input!SWSI Roaring Fork Conservancy/Watershed Report
Continuation of Public OutreachApril Implementation StrategiesMay and June finalize report, feedback, reviews, resolutions?July 15 Draft BIP due to CWCB (July 16..go fishing)December 2014 Draft to GovernorBuilding off existing SWSI information and other sourcesNonconsumptive Needs Assessment (NCNA)
1. Pitkin County Town Hall
April 10, 2014
Pitkin County/Roaring Fork Watershed
Colorado Basin Roundtable
Colorado Water Plan
Basin Implementation Plan (BIP)
BIP Project Status
Where have we been?
Where are we going?
3. Pitkin County/Roaring Fork Watershed
Water Supply (vulnerable to drought/forest health/FryArk)
“PSOP” - Preferred Storage Options Plan
Nonconsumptive critical reaches (low flow)
Roaring Fork – City of Aspen
Roaring Fork – above confluence with the Fryingpan River
Pre 1922 water rights
Conditional water rights
RICD’s (Recreational In-Channel Diversion)
4. Pitkin County/Roaring Fork
Watershed – Moving Forward
More regional cooperation is needed
Roaring Fork River Watershed
Roaring Fork Efficiency Plan (conservation focus
Prepare for Compact Call and drought
Colorado Water Plan
Basin Implementation Plan (BIP)
6. Governor’s Executive Order -
Executive Order signed in May of 2013
Prepared by the 9 Roundtables (BIP)
Plan has to show how we meet the consumptive
and nonconsumptive Gap
48,000 AFY Consumptive Gap
64 Critical Reaches Nonconsumptive Gap
Planning horizon is 2050
Draft BIPs to State by July 2014
8. Governor’s Executive Order-Why?
Statewide growth to double from 5 to 10
Fastest growth will be in the Colorado
Basin Counties, more than 240%
Pitkin County growth projected to be 71%
9. Colorado Basin Population
Eagle 43,300 86,900 43,600 101 2.3
Garfield 43,800 119,900 76,100 274 5.2
Grand 12,900 28,800 15,900 123 2.7
Mesa 116,250 220,600 104,350 190 3.8
Pitkin 15,900 27,200 11,300 71 1.8
Summit 25,700 50,400 24,700 96 2.3
TOTAL 248,000 492,600 244,600 99 2.3
Ref: SWSI and AGNC
10. Population – Increasing, No
“New” Water….Reallocation of
compete for a
scarce and limited
Graphics provided by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education.
11. Governor’s Executive Order-Why?
The “Gap” between future demand and future projects is
real….500,000 acre-feet per year
Already planned projects (Windy Gap Firming, Moffat Collection ++)
How can we fill the “Gap”?
Conservation Ag to Urban
Graphics provided by the Colorado Foundation for Water
12. Governor’s Executive Order-Why?
Threats, Challenges, and Issues
Transbasin diversions (new supply)
Growth separation of land use and water planning
Energy/Conditional Water Rights
Loss of agriculture (transfer of water rights)
Water quality degradation
13. Imbalances between Supply and Demand
(US BOR) - Exacerbate Current Stresses
14. Lake Powell Elevations
15. Your Opportunity
CWP is an opportunity to transition from an
individual perspective to a regional perspective.
16. Colorado Basin Roundtable Tasks
Assess internal needs & identify projects to meet them
Negotiate how to meet state needs
17. BIP Project Status –
Where Have we Been?
18. Nonconsumptive Needs
Part of the Statewide Water Supply Initiative (SWSI)
Environmental and recreational mapping – focus areas
and projects and methods
Habitat restoration (bank stabilization or instream
Flow protection [voluntary flow agreements, instream
flow (ISF) donations, voluntary re-operation of
reservoirs for environmental and recreational benefit]
19. Nonconsumptive Needs
Attributes at risk
Riparian/wetlands ecological function
Aquatic ecological function
#1 Factor affecting attributes - FLOW
Quantification of “at-risk” reaches = 64+
20. Nonconsumptive Needs Focus Map
21. Roundtable Themes
Land use - connection with water use
Not just flat, but supporting healthy biology
Existing reservoirs, restricted, better cooperation of review
Why reliance upon stream – vulnerable no redundancy
Protect mainstem water rights operations
Themes change and evolve
Bottom line…No water to support other basins
22. No Water to Support Other Basins
Colorado Basin already has 100,000 AFY ag shortage
SWSI - our basin will lose addl 80,000 acres
Water Providers vulnerable to drought and compact call
BOR study indicates shortage of 3.2 Million AFY with current
hydrology (Lake Powell and Mead)
64 critical reaches already (headwater streams impaired)
Risk is non starter
Firming and IPP’s and growing into existing water rights will divert
addl 150,000 AFY
Water quality problems in middle and lower basin
We already contribute 400,000 – 600,000 AFY
23. Figures from report “Water and its Relationship to the Economies of the Headwaters Counties,” commissioned by the Northwest Colorado Council of
24. Project Status –
Where are we Going?
25. Upcoming Meetings
Colorado Basin Roundtable Meetings
April 14, 2014, Glenwood Springs Community Center, noon – 4 p.m.
April 28, 2014, Glenwood Springs Community Center, noon – 4 p.m.
State of the River Meetings
May 6, Summit County, (more info TBD)
May 13, Grand County, 321 West Agate Avenue, Granby, CO, 6:00pm
May 14, Middle Colorado State River meeting, Garfield County Library, 815 Cooper
Ave., Glenwood Springs, CO, 6:00pm
May 15, Mesa County State of the River meeting, Mesa County City Hall, 250 North
5th Street, Grand Junction, CO, 6:00pm
June 2, Gunnison County State of the River meeting (more info TBD)
Eagle River Valley (more info TBD)
26. Thank You
This is your plan and project….we want to
hear from You! You are driving this plan!
Nonconsumptive (Enviro. and Rec.)