CWCB: Arkansas Basin decision support system development update

Arkansas River Basin -- Graphic via the Colorado Geological Survey
Arkansas River Basin — Graphic via the Colorado Geological Survey

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

A water resources planning tool for the Arkansas River basin continues to move ahead. Called a decision support system, the plan by the Colorado Water Conservation Board would give water users a common knowledge base to analyze the impacts of water projects and transfers.

The Arkansas River basin is behind the other three large basins in the state in developing the plan, because work was put on hold during the 24-year Kansas v. Colorado U.S. Supreme Court case over the Arkansas River Compact.

The Colorado River and Rio Grande decision support systems are in place, while the South Platte River model is nearly complete.

At its November meeting, the CWCB voted to ask the Legislature for $1 million toward the decision support system.

Previously, $1.25 million has been spent, including several projects looking at water modeling that came through the Arkansas Basin Roundtable, Fountain Creek projects and work by the state Division of Water Resources.

Total cost of the plan is estimated to be $7.59 million.

More CWCB coverage here.

Leave a Reply