Just in time for the CWCB meeting and the Colorado Water Congress Annual Convention this week the CWCB has released the updated SWSI 2010 report. You can download it from the CWCB here. From the executive summary:
Colorado faces significant and immediate water supply challenges. Despite the recent economic recession, the state has experienced rapid population growth, and Colorado’s population is expected to nearly double within the next 40 years. If Colorado’s water supply continues to develop according to current trends, i.e., the status quo, this will inevitably lead to a large transfer of water out of agriculture resulting in significant loss of agricultural lands and potential harm to the environment.
Providing an adequate water supply for Colorado’s citizens, agriculture, and the environment will involve implementing a mix of local water projects and processes, conservation, reuse, agricultural transfers, and the development of new water supplies, all of which should be pursued concurrently. With this Statewide Water Supply Initiative (SWSI) 2010 update, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB or Board) has confirmed and updated its analysis of the state’s water supply needs and recommends Colorado’s water community enter an implementation phase to determine and pursue solutions to meeting the state’s consumptive and nonconsumptive water supply needs.
Here’s a report from the Colorado Independent (David O. Williams):
Colorado will need up to 1 million more acre-feet of water than it currently uses if, as projected by the report, the state’s population balloons to 10 million by 2050. The fastest areas of growth will be on Colorado’s Western Slope, where the prospect of increased traditional energy production – as well as a speculative oil shale boom – looms large in any water discussion.
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel [Gary Harmon] reports the state’s demands for municipal and industrial water “could exceed supply by as much as 630,000 acre-feet by mid-century,” according to the report released Friday.
More CWCB coverage here.