The Getches-Wilkinson Center, in conjunction with many collaborators, has a strong interest in promoting implementation of the Colorado Water Plan (CWP). This entails work on several subjects, including agricultural water conservation and transfers, integrated land and water planning (including watershed planning), and improved Colorado River management. Some of our relevant papers include:
- Shepherding Appropriated Water Within Colorado and to Lake Powell for Colorado River Compact Security (2017). (Technical Appendix.)
- Where now with Alternative Transfer Methods–ATMs–in Colorado? (2017).
- 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).