Reclamation’s Colorado River Supply and Demand Study update: ‘Protect the Flows’ goes to Washington


From the Deseret News (Amy Joi O’Donoghue):

[Sarah] Sidwell’s Tag-A-Long Expeditions is one of 370 businesses that are part of the Protect the Flows coalition, which is offering up options to be weighed in the Colorado River Supply and Demand Study. The study is part of an exhaustive effort by the Bureau of Reclamation examining current and future imbalances in the Colorado River system over the next 50 years and ways to restore balance. After an evaluation period anticipated to last through June, the study will provide a road map of strategies that can be undertaken to help ensure the river system remains a viable water resource for the next 50 years…

The group said historical data complied by the U.S. Geological Survey with its streamflow monitoring system should be relied on extensively for determining a practical calculation of how much water actually exists in the system — not what is predicted through widely-varying snowpack seasons. “There is actual empirical evidence that shows how much water we can expect to have in the river,” Sidwell said.

The coalition was in Washington, D.C., earlier this year to present its ideas, which include establishing guidelines for new “water-smart” landscape designs, encouraging pool cover usage and providing incentives to farmers for incorporating more water-efficient irrigation technologies.

More Colorado River basin coverage here.

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