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Colorado and Gunnison Basin Roundtable Education Projects

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has ordered that a CO Statewide Water Plan to be drafted by the end of 2014 and finalized by the end of 2014.  Basin Roundtables of stakeholders across the state are drafting their own "basin implementation plans" as a first step, and they need your input!

Get the latest information and provide feedback on the Colorado Water Plan and the Colorado and Gunnison Basin Implementation Plans!

Background Information on the Basin Roundtables

The Water Center is working with the Colorado and Gunnison Basin Roundtables in Colorado to increase public awareness of the roundtables' role in needs assessment, planning, and financing projects to meet future water needs.  The project includes coordinating presentations to community groups. 

Key Resources on Colorado Statewide Water Planning & Roundtables

Grand Valley Principles for the CO State Water Plan

Draft "West Slope Principles" for the CO Water Plan proposed by the NW CO Council of Governments. 

Discussion & Draft of East Slop Roundtables' joint statement on filling the municipal gap for the CO Water Plan 

Governor's Executive Order for CO Statewide Water Plan

Statewide Water Supply Initiative Study - identifies "the gap" state will face by 2050

Trade-off & portfolio tool - developed by the state to assess options to fill the gap

Memo on Risk Management from Gunnison BRT

Metro Roundtable Conservation Strategy Memo

Filling the Gap - Paper from environmental groups arguing that new projects are unnecessary

Study:  Water and Its Relationship to the Economies of the Headwaters Counties - summary, full report

Assessing environmental & recreational water needs: Fact sheet + maps

Energy Development Water Needs Assessment, Phase II (AMEC for Colorado & Yampa/ White Basin Roundtables)

Flaming Gorge Task Force: Final Report, Part 1; Final Report, App G-I

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Colorado Basin Roundtable

Colorado Basin Roundtable - official website

Membership List

Presentation on Colorado Basin Imp Plan/ CWP

Presentation on Statewide & Colo Basin Water - short

Presentation on Ag Water Use in Colorado Basin

Gunnison Basin Roundtable

Gunnison Basin Roundtable - official website

Membership List

Presentation on Statewide & Gunni Basin Water - Short

Presentation on Gunnison Basin Water - detailed

News Clips

All these clips were either generated directly by this project or refer to project activities.

Dire Water Predicament Spurs Cooperation, Compromise, The Watch, 8/18/14

Holm: Dire water predicament spurs cooperation, compromise, Summit Daily News, 8/14/14

Gunnison water plan submitted to state, Delta County Independent, 8/14/14

Water Lines: Dire water predicament spurs cooperation, compromise, GJ Free Press, 8/12/14

Water Lines: Gunnison Basin contributes to CO Water Plan Debate, GJ Free Press, 8/6/14

Pokrandt: Colorado needs a better water plan, Summit Daily News, 7/30/14

Water Lines: Water for the taking... at any price, GJ Free Press, 7/21/14

Water Lines: Colorado needs a better water plan, GJ Free Press, 7/16/14

Water Lines: Water, Democracy and Private Property Rights, GJ Free Press, 7/2/14

 Water Lines: What can local governments do to protect and conserve water? GJ Free Press, 6/26/14

Ridgway dam now producing clean power, Delta County Independent, 6/26/14

Ridgway Dam now producing clean power, The Watch, 6/24/14

Water Lines: Hydropower kicks in at nearby Ridgway Dam, GJ Free Press, 6/23/14

Water Lines: High water brings big benefits, GJ Free Press, 6/11/14

Water Lines: A brief history of Colorado Water, GJ Free Press, 5/23/14

Water Lines: Active year for water legislation in CO, GJ Free Press, 5/14/14

Water Lines: Learn about Colorado and Gunnison rivers May 15 at GJ City Hall, 5/6/14

Water Lines: The River is Rising!, GJ Free Press, 4/29/14

Water Returns to the Colorado River Delta, The Watch, 4/28/14

Water Plan Process Gets Scrutiny in Gunnison County, The Watch, 4/17/14

Water Lines: Water Returns to the Colorado River Delta, GJ Free Press, 4/16/14

Gunnison Basin Plan focuses on Value of Agricultural Water, The Watch, 4/16/14

Water Lines: Water Plan Process gets Scrutiny in Gunnison County , GJ Free Press, 4/10/14

Users stand firm on water question, GJ Daily Sentinel, 4/3/14

Water Lines: Gunnison Basin plan focuses on value of agricultural water in Colorado, GJ Free Press, 4/1/14

Mesa County residents can give opinion on water plan, GJ Daily Sentinel, 4/1/14

Water Lines: A look back at old-school irrigation efficiency, GJ Free Press, 3/26/14

Water Lines: Water planning, public outreach continue, GJ Free Press, 3/20/14

Guest Column: Western Slope agricultural producers weigh in on water plan, Rifle Citizen Telegram, 3/15/14

Western Slope still vulnerable to drought, Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, 3/14/14

Water leaders seek to avert loss of power generation from Lake Powell, Delta County Independent, 3/12/14

Water Lines: What will the future of our rivers look like? GJ Free Press, 3/5/14

Water Lines: Western Slope agricultural producers weigh in on water planning, GJ Free Press, 2/27/14

Western Slope Vulnerable to Drought, Vail Daily, 2/25/14

Water Lines: Water Planning for western communities, GJ Free Press, 2/20/14

Colorado River basin water planners gather local input, Sky Hi Daily News, 2/18/14

CO's Water supply expected to double by 2050 , KREX Channel 5, 2/17/14

Weekly Planner, GJ Sentinel, 2/16/14

Water Lines: Help plan Colorado's Water Future, GJ Free Press, 2/13/14

Water Leaders seek to avoid loss of power generation at Lake Powell, BARN Media, 2/5/14

Registration available for water course, GJ Sentinel, 1/31/14

Water Lines: Learn about alien invaders with conference in Grand Junction, GJ Free Press, 1/30/14

Course focuses on Colorado Water Plan, Delta County Independent, 1/29/14

Be in the know when it comes to water, GJ Sentinel, 1/28/14

Water Lines: Learning about Colorado's Water Plan, GJ Free Press, 1/23/14

Water Lines: Drought, Flood & Controversy, GJ Free Press, 1/17/ 14

2014 water legislation reflects drought, flood and controversy, Delta County Independent, 1/15/14

Water Lines: Colorado Water Plan focus of three-evening course, GJ Free Press, 1/9/14

Water Lines: Drought could be on its way back, GJ Free Press, 1/6/14

Water rights can have value for recreation, Delta County Independent, 1/1/14

Water Lines: Water Rights for Recreation, GJ Free Press, 12/26/13

Dust, higher temps could advance snowmelt, Delta County Independent, 12/18/13

Las Vegas loses a round in quest for new water supply, BARN Media, 12/17/13

Colorado Water Plan needs your input, Delta County Independent, 12/4/13

Water Lines: Denver-West Slope water agreement finally final, GJ Free Press, 12/3/13

Water Lines: How should we share the Colo. River? State’s water plan needs your input,GJ Free Press, 11/26/13

Water Lines: Will efforts to manage our water issues today prepare us for the future? GJ Free Press, 11/19/13

Drought and population growth punch Colorado in the face.... High Country News blog, 11/15/19

Water Lines: CMU Student ponders human impact on rivers, GJ Free Press, 11/12/13

Water Law seminar at CMU Nov 8, Delta County Independent, 11/6/13

Conference brings water experts to CMU, Delta County Independent, 10/30/13

Water Lines: Time to start watching snowpack figures again, GJ Free Press, 10/29/13

Water Lines: Water law seminar at CMU Nov 8 open to public, GJ Free Press, 10/22/13

Water Lines: Upcoming conference brings water experts to CMU, GJ Free Press, 10/16/13

Holm: Does whitewater kayaking trump water needs of new neighborhoods? Summit Daily News, 10/11/13

Water Lines: Study assess streamflow needs for enjoyable whitewater boating, GJ Free Press, 10/9/13

Water Lines: Colorado River use exceeds supply, so now what?, GJ Free Press, 10/1/13

Water Lines: Shell withdrawal from CO oil shale R&D may reduce projections of water use, GJ Free Press, 9/25/13

Drought in norther parts of the state ended by recent floods, Vail Daily, 9/19/13

Holm: Drought and disaster in Colorado, Summit Daily News, 9/18/13

Water Lines: The silver lining - flood ends drought in northern CO, GJ Free Press, 9/18/13

Water Lines: East & West Slope parties gear up for water plan negotiations, GJ Free Press, 9/11/13

Water Lines: Local drought eases with recent rains; Colo. Basin water crisis one step closer, GJ Free Press, 8/28/13

Water Lines: Arkansas River Basin hit hard by multi-year drought, GJ Free Press, 8/21/13

Long-term drought persists, Gunnison Country Times, 8/15/13

Water Lines: Do recent rains mean the end of drought?  GJ Free Press, 8/13/13

Water Lines: Nonprofit Colorado Water Trust Leases Water for Streams, GJ Free Press, 8/7/13

Reservoir water illustrates management complexities, Delta Independent, 8/7/13

Drought tops water issues, Vail Daily, 8/2/13

Water Lines: How will Colorado share the Colorado River? GJ Free Press, 7/31/13

How will the state share the Colorado River, Delta Independent, 7/31/13

Water Lines: Beetle kill intensifies West Fork fire, affects watershed, GJ Free Press, 7/24/13

Water Lines: "Contemplating a 'New Normal' at the Colorado Water Workshop next week, GJ Free Press, 7/12/13

Water Lines: Water Planning Efforts Take Place Against Backdrop of Drought, GJ Free Press, 7/2/13

Water Lines: A Front Range Perspective on Grand Valley Water, GJ Free Press, 6/25/13

CMU Hosts Grant Workshop for Water Projects, KREX Channel 5, 6/25/13

June 26 - Grant Workshop for agricultural and urban water, KJCT Channel 8, 6/14/13

Water Lines: An engineering wonder, Morrow Point Dam turns 50, GJ Free Press, 6/14/13

Water Lines: Conditions proposed for future West Slope - East Slope water transfers, GJ Free Press, 6/7/13

Water Lines: Redlands Water & Power wields large influence on the Gunnison River, GJ Free Press, 6/5/13

Governor orders state water plan, Vail Daily, 6/4/13

Water Lines: Gov. Hickenlooper orders statewide water plan to be developed, GJ Free Press, 5/25/13

Assessing Gov. Hickenlooper's Water Plan, Summit Daily News, 5/23/13

Water Lines: April Snows were great, but water challenges lie ahead for Colorado, GJ Free Press 5/16/13

Water watchers: April helped - a little, GJ Sentinel, 5/14/13

State of the Rivers raises issues with the Colorado, KKCO Channel 11, 5/13/13

State of the Rivers held at CMU, KJCT Channel 8, 5/13/13

Mesa County water suppliers plan to discuss the future, KJCT Channel 8, 5/12/13

2013 Rafting Season Outlook, KKCO Channel 11, 5/5/13

Water Center at CMU to host State of the Rivers, KKCO Channel 11, 5/5/13

Water Lines: Natural & human factors affect flows in the Gunnison, which will be low this year, GJ Free Press, 5/1/13

Water Lines: Water events flowing through the month of May, GJ Free Press, 4/25/13

Holm: Colorado River "Most Endangered" but not lost , Summit Daily News 4/22/13

Water Lines: Colorado River 'Endangered' but not lost, GJ Free Press 4/19/13

Drought isn't over, Delta County Independent, 4/17/13

Water Lines: Drought not over; poor supply forecast triggers Shoshone Call "relaxation," GJ Free Press 4/12/13

Leasing water for streams is new tool, Delta County Independent 4/10/13

Water Lines: Leasing water for streams can benefit environment, irrigators, GJ Free Press, 4/5/13

Water Lines: River restoration expertise bears fruit along local waterways, GJ Free Press, 3/29/13

Water Lines: Snowpack catching up with last year, but conditions still dire, GJ Free Press, 3/22/13

Water Lines: Is irrigation efficiency the answer to western water woes? GJ Free Press 3/15/13

Conference deals with river's problems, Grand Junction Sentinel 3/14/13

River Crossings Conference Kicks off at CMU, KREX Channel 5, 3/11/13

Water seminar kicks off at Colorado Mesa University, KJCT Channel 8, 3/11/13

River Crossings Conference and Workshop, KKCO Channel 11, 3/11/13

Water Lines: Tamarisk! Beetles! What happens to rivers after dam removal! GJ Free Press 3/8/13

River Crossings Conference and Workshop at CMU March 11-15, Colorado Radio - Montrose 3/5/13

Water Lines: What's the future of irrigated agriculture in Colorado? GJ Free Press 3/1/13

Water Lines: Gore Canyon whitewater park first rec project funded by state water board, GJ Free Press 2/22/13

Water for Food, Food for Life, Delta County Independent, 2/20/13

Water Congress looks at basins' supply and demand imbalance, 2/20/13

Water Lines: Understanding the complexity, importance of irrigation ditches, GJ Free Press, 2/15/13

Water Seminars Held at CMU, KJCT Channel 8, 2/11/13

Water Lines: Colorado River supply & demand imbalances discussed at meeting, GJ Free Press, 2/8/13

Film series on Colorado River coming to the web, Delta County Independent, 1/31/13

Officials warn to start conserving water now, KREX Channel 5, 1/28/13

Water Lines: Locals featured in series of short films on the Colo. River, Grand Junction Free press, 1/25/13

Inversion creates domino effect on cold, health, drought, KKCO Channel 11, 1/23/13

Water Lines: Thanks for the snow.  More Please!, GJ Free Press, 1/4/13

Snow pack still below normal after storms, KJCT Channel 8, 12/21/12

Water Lines: TU & ditch company launch Gunnison River dam, habitat improvements, GJ Free Press, 12/21/12

Water Lines: Colorado Basin Study; Make changes or face water shortages, GJ Free Press, 12/14/12

Water Lines: West Slope Water Safe... for now, GJ Free Press, 12/7/12

Radio Interview: Hannah Holm on KNOZ 97.7, 9am, 12/6/12

Depleted Water: With snow season starting dry, nervous officials worry about reservoirs - GJ Sentinel, 12/1/12

Water Lines: Drought Watch: Mountain Snowpack Shrinking Instead of Growing - GJ Free Press, 11/30/12

Drought Dilemma - Grand Junction Sentinel, 11/27/12

My Side: Train Wreck Coming on the Colorado River? - Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, 11/26/12

Water Lines: Train wreck coming on the Colorado River? - GJ Free Press, 11/16/12

Water Lines: CMU Prof involved in Coal Creek/ Crystal River Restoration - GJ Free Press, 11/26/12

River demands exceed supplies; states at risk - Grand Junction Sentinel, 10/30/12

Water Lines: Grand Valley partnership seeks to improve riparian habitat - GJ Free Press, 10/25/12

Water Lines: Water projects funded to improve Colorado, Gunnison Basins - GJ Free Press, 10/19/12

Water Lines: Climate change likely to heat up western Colorado - GJ Free Press, 10/12/12

Hot, dry future in the forecast - Grand Junction Sentinel, 10/10/12

Drought conditions linger, officials prepare - KJCT Channel 8, 10/9/12

Water Lines: All of Colorado still in drought -outlook for next year uncertain - Grand Junction Free Press, 10/5/12

Water concerns for the western slope - KKCO Channel 11, 10/2/12

Water Lines: Statewide Drought Conference Report - Water, economic futures intertwined - GJ Free Press, 9/28/12

Free presentation: Water In the Grand Valley - GJ Free press, 9/25/12

Learning about our Colorado Water - KKCO Channel 11, 9/24/12

Reservoir storage serves as water saving account - Delta Independent, 9/19/12

Uncompahgre water tour set for Sept. 25 - Delta Independent, 9/19/2012

Learn the Laws of Water at Special One-day Class - Grand Junction Sentinel, 9/16/12

Water Lines: Opportunity to learn about water issues through CMU - GJ Free Press, 9/14/12

Environmental projects benefit multiple water users - Delta Independent, 9/12/12

CMU lecture on politics of drought - Grand Junction Sentinel, 9/9/12

CMU Series on Water and Drought Continues Monday - Grand Junction Sentinel, 9/7/12

Water Lines: Drought Watch 2012, Reservoir Storage, and Lake Powell's role in it all - GJ Free Press, 9/7/2012

Will the lower basin make a ‘call’ on the river?  - Delta Independent, 9/5/12

Water Lines: Environmental Projects the Benefit Multiple Users - Grand Junction Free Press, 8/31/12

Water Lines: The Colorado River Compact; will the Lower Basin "call" the river? - Grand Junction Free Press, 8/23/12

Water uses vary in the Gunnison Basin  - Delta Independent, 8/22/012

Water Lines: Can water uses and environmental values be reconciled?  - Grand Junction Free Press, 8/17/12

No Forests, No Rivers - Delta County Independent, 8/15/12

Water Lines: Bill Trampe, Gunnison County rancher & roundtable member - Grand Junction Free Press, 8/10/12

Water Lines: Drought Year Effects on Agriculture - Grand Junction Free Press, 8/3/12

Water Lines: Learn about Paonia Reservoir's Storied History - Grand Junction Free Press, 7/27/12

50th anniversary of Paonia Reservoir to be celebrated - Delta County Independent, 7/25/12

Water, fire, radiation topics at Sentinel symposium - Grand Junction Sentinel, 7/24/12

Water thinkers talk challenging issues at 3-day gathering - Grand Junction Sentinel, 7/22/12

Water Lines: Water uses, management in the Gunnison River Basin - Grand Junction Free Press, 7/20/12

Water Lines: No Forests = No Rivers - Grand Junction Free Press, 7/13/12

From Source to Sea: A CO River Expedition - KKCO Channel 11, 7/11/12

From Source to Sea: film makers chronicle rivers, GJ Sentinel, 7/11/12

Group Kayaks Entire Colorado River - KREX Channel 5, 7/11/12

Water Lines: How Many Stories Can be Told by the River? - Grand Junction Free Press, 7/6/12

Water Lines: A Colorado Basin Perspective on Statewide Water planning - Grand Junction Free Press, 6/29/12

Moving water from farms to cities - Delta County Independent, 6/27/12

Denis Reich: Moving water from farms to cities - Summit Daily News, 6/23/12

Water Lines: Moving water from farms to cities - Grand Junction Free Press, 6/22/12

Water Lines: River Sense: The Thrill of Fishing the Gunnison - Grand Junction Free Press, 6/15/12

The Thrill of Fishing the Gunnison - Delta County Independent, 6/13/12

Whitewater feeds the economy - Delta County Independent, 6/13/12

Diane Johnson & Hannah Holm: Drought Deepens Across Colorado - Summit Daily News, 6/10/12

Water Lines: Drought deepens, but Redlands restrictions among few so far - Grand Junction Free Press, 6/8/12

How white water feeds Colorado's economy - Summit Daily News 6/2/12

Water Lines: Schwieterman: Whitewater recreation integral to our economy - Grand Junction Free Press, 6/1/12

Greg Trainor: How much water will future energy development use? - Summit Daily News, 5/31/12

Commemoration Set for Blue Mesa Dam's 50th Anniversary - Crested Butte News, 5/30/12

Gunnison Basin Celebrates "Year of Water" - Delta County Independent, 5/30/12

Western Slope water a hot topic at public forum - Grand Junction Sentinel, 5/27/12

2012: Year of Water Celebrations Planned for Gunnison River Basin - Crested Butte News, 5/25/12

Blue Mesa: Life at 50 (p.12) - Gunnison Country Magazine - 2012

Water Lines: Do we have the water to support Colorado oil shale development? - GJ Free Press, 5/25/12

Value of the Colorado River - KKCO Channel 11, 5/22/12

River's Economic Value Subject of Seminar - Grand Junction Sentinel, 5/20/12

Hannah Holm: Colorado's Water Balancing Act - Summit Daily News, 5/19/12

How Much Water do we need to keep streams healthy? - Grand Junction Free Press, 5/18/12

Lane Wyatt: How much water do we need to keep streams healthy? - Summit Daily News, 5/12/12

Conservation: How Much is Reasonable, and for Whom? - Grand Junction Free Press, 5/11/12

Karn Stiegelmeier: Weighing our Future Water Needs - Summit Daily News, 5/5/12

Water Lines: 2012 - The "Year of Water" - Grand Junction Free Press, 5/4/12

Water Rights Leases to Preserve Streams, Rivers - KKCO Channel 11, 5/4/12

CMU Water Center to Host Water Management Meeting - KREX Channel 5, 5/2/12

Dry Spell Could Spell Trouble - KKCO Channel 11, 5/2/12

Water Experts to Discuss Area Drought, Low Rivers - GJ Sentinel, 5/1/12

Historic Drought Highlights Importance of Statewide Water Planning - GJ Free Press, 4/27/12

Water and Land Management Presentations Scheduled - The Business Times, 4/25/12

With Drought Upon Us, It's Time to Discuss Conservation - GJ Sentinel 4/22/12

River Tour Opens Eyes of Local Council Members - GJ Free Press 4/20/12

Water Restrictions Unlikely for now - GJ Sentinel 4/21/12

Historic Drought forming in West - GJ Sentinel 4/20/12

Frying Pan - Ark Project at 50 - Colorado Central 4/2012

Group Discusses Water Short Future - KKCO Channel 11 3/5/12

Mesa County Western Colorado Congress Discusses Water Issues - KREX Channel 5, 3/4/12

Small hydroelectric plant powered by irrigation water to break ground (p6) - GJ Sentinel 3/24/12

Paonia Reservoir turns 50 - Delta Independent 2/22/12