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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 Editor

If there is one thing I took away from this groundwater-themed issue, it is that managing water underground isn't easy.

Of course it's a challenge. We have deep groundwater and shallow groundwater, groundwater connected to rivers, some not, some sort of connected. We have artesian pressure, gravels, sandstones and designated areas where one can pump this much but not that much.

Yet for all our difficulties, inconsistencies and litigation, Colorado is still leading the way nationwide in the sophistication and complexity of our groundwater management. Few other states regulate groundwater as closely as we do.

Unfortunately, the complexity of this subject may scare away the average reader. I hope that isn't the case. We cannot afford to abandon these issues to the sole discretion of specialists, experts and technocrats.

Deciphering the complexities of water management in this state has been a large part of my job in the last three years.

And, I feel, it is certainly the role of Headwaters magazine. In this Foundation I wanted to create something different—to share water resource information and stories that everyone could understand.
Thank you to all those who have supported me and this endeavor.

Best wishes,

Karla Brown
Editor and Executive Director Emeritus

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