Middle Colorado River Watershed Planning
Glenwood Springs to Debeque
Consumptive Use



Photo by Liz Chandler

Mission: To gather information on current consumptive use practices and offer opportunities to safeguard the ability of agriculture to continue producing food and fiber in a healthy and sustainable landscape. 

Goal: The long-term goal of the Colorado River Consumptive Use Plan is to ensure the ability of agriculture to produce food and fiber for the local, regional, national and world population. There is need for a reliable inventory of information about water supply, needs of water users, infrastructure conditions, infrastructure usability, related resource availability and condition, and methods of irrigation. The information from the inventory will primarily assist water rights owners and other decision makers help make informed decisions. The inventories conducted will be determined by the consumptive use community including cities, towns, and agriculture during the public relationship meetings at the beginning of the project.

Objectives: The project objectives are to determine the supply of water necessary to meet the needs of consumptively used water, and to determine if structural and management practices will improve water delivery to meet any shortages or gaps in the supply and demand of water. The Districts’ goals are similar to those of the Colorado Basin Implementation Plan, as follow:

1. Reduce agriculture water shortages
2. Minimize potential for transfer of agriculture water rights to municipal uses
3. Develop incentives to support agricultural production
4. Increase education among the agricultural community and general public about Colorado River Basin water issues

The Conservation Districts are partnering with Colorado River Engineering to write the consumptive use portion of the plan. The Middle Colorado Watershed Council will write the non-consumptive portion of the plan. The Conservation Districts are conducting the inventory of ditches to determine the needs for agriculture. 

Additional public outreach meetings, educational opportunities, and one-on-one discussion with water users will continue for the next several years. 

There are multiple partners and agencies involved in the process to produce a usable product. We welcome your input, suggestions and most importantly guidance through this process. Please call Liz Chandler, Project Manager, at 309-0844 or any of your board members to discuss the water plan. 

We are interested in your input.  Please take a short survey by clicking on the image below.                                          


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