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Alt. Water Transfers

Cover HW Fall 2017

Water sharing and banking, coined "alternative transfer methods" or ATMs, could provide flexibility for stretched water supplies —but not without marked challenges. Read the Fall 2017 issue of Headwaters magazine and explore options to:

  • keep water in farming
  • help municipalities plan ahead
  • share between ag and environmental uses
  • bank water on the Colorado River

Browse articles and find a flipbook of the magazine here.

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Watermarks--Letter from the Director

Energy has emerged as one of world's greatest challenges.

Energy is emerging as one of world's greatest challenges. Demand for all its forms continues to increase as our population grows and our standard of living rises.

Unrest in oil producing countries around the globe as well as increased competition from developing countries drives up international prices on an increasingly more unreliable petroleum supply. These events are affecting U.S energy policy resulting in increased oil and gas exploration by domestic energy companies.

At the same time, significant effort is focused on alternative energy development, including a new look at the economic and technical feasibility of extracting oil from oil shale. Biofuels, as an alternative to gasoline, are gaining popularity. Ethanol, a biofuel made from the sugar in corn, is manufactured and sold as one alternative. The extraction of methane gas, a form of natural gas, from coal deposits also is quickly expanding.

Hydroelectric power remains an important part of Colorado's energy supply. Expansion of this resource has been limited by concerns regarding the effects operations for hydroelectric generation have on river systems. New attention is being directed to run-of-the-river systems which have the potential of minimizing the adverse affects associated with hydroelectric generation.

New energy activity is occurring throughout the West. Oil shale and coal bed methane exploration and development is focused in the inter-mountain West region. Already experiencing a significant increase in oil and gas production, Colorado is also at the center of expanding alternative energy efforts. This activity will likely have a positive impact on the state's economy, increase available energy and stabilize cost to the consumer.

Some activities may have the potential to adversely affect the waters of the state and increase the competition for already scarce water supplies.

This Headwaters Magazine explores the relationship of water to energy production. Much remains to be learned about the effects of energy development on the state's water resources. Given the importance Colorado's citizens place on a safe, reliable, high quality water supply, we must pursue these possibilities responsibly.

Understanding the issue is a good start.

Don Glaser
Executive Director

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