The Getches-Wilkinson Center has been provided with philanthropic funding to examine the Colorado Water Plan (CWP) and provide in-depth analysis and research on a few of the most promising action areas. This research has formed the basis for discussions with key players in the Colorado water community to determine the best practical approaches to ensure that implementation of the many good ideas in the CWP actually occurs. The research and analysis, together with implementation recommendations, are discussed in the papers available below.
- Proposal for an Enhanced Colorado Water Bank (2016). This concise proposal builds upon a much more detailed research report, entitled: An Enhanced Water Bank for Colorado (2016).
- Improving Irrigation Water Uses for Agricultural and Environmental Benefits (2016).
- Enhancing Watershed Planning in Implementation of the Colorado Water Plan: An Overview of Implementation Challenges and Opportunities (2016).
- Watershed Planning and Management in Colorado: Getches-Wilkinson Center Working Paper (2016).
- A Look at Laws Authorizing Uses of Conserved and Saved Water in California, Montana, Oregon and Washington (2016).
- Integrated Land and Water Planning in Colorado (2016).
This work builds upon on earlier review of the draft CWP. That report, led by Lawrence (Larry) MacDonnell and featuring contributions from a team of prominent water scholars, is entitled: Navigating A Pathway Toward Colorado’s Water Future (2015).