Two Years In: Meeting the Goals in Colorado’s Water Plan

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By Larry Morandi

ripple effectsColorado’s Water Plan is now more than two years old. While most of its goals may not be fully achieved until 2030 or 2050, it makes sense to assess the short-term results to gauge progress and see where adjustments might be appropriate to achieve the plan’s overall objectives. To that end, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB)—which prepared the plan in 2015 in response to Governor John Hickenlooper’s executive order two years earlier—published an update in November entitled Ripple Effects: Colorado’s Water Plan in Action 2017.

The CWCB report takes eight measurable objectives contained in the plan and presents an implementation status for each. The measurable objectives address: (A) Supply-Demand Gap; (B) Conservation; (C) Land Use; (D) Agriculture; (E) Storage; (F) Watershed Health, Environment and Recreation; (G) Funding; and (H) Education, Outreach and Innovation. For example, the supply-demand gap objective is to reduce a projected 2050…

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