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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.

Connecting the Drops

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Water Education Colorado

Sharing Water Quality Data — It Can Really Happen

DENVER—Imagine needing data on a river and having one location to get what you need. Imagine expanding effectiveness because your data is available to many more decision makers.

The Colorado Water Quality Monitoring Council is making it happen with its Data Sharing Network Project which kicked off this spring. The comprehensive project aims to provide a one-stop source for watershed data of all kinds, including:

  • Aquatic ecosystem, chemical, physical habitat or biological data for watershed management, planning or resource decision making;
  • Access to other data or as a mechanism for others to access your data; or
  • An avenue for reporting your data to the EPA's STORET database.

The council's goal is to become a statewide water quality monitoring and assessment voice for each participant in the network. Training on how to organize data and employ the data sharing system are being planned in 12 cities statewide over the next few years.

The council will also host ‘data swaps’ with monitoring groups in your watershed. They will be scheduled statewide to coincide with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Triennial Basin Review Schedule—starting with the upper and lower Colorado River Basin in fall 2006.

o learn more about the project, or find out when Water Quality Monitoring Council representatives will be in your area, call 970-382-6667.

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