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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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The Legal Story

A whitewater park without any water won't attract many boaters, a situation which inspired the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District—to file for recreational in-channel diversion (RICD) water rights for the whitewater park in 2002. An RICD water right varies from the traditional ‘use it or lose it’ water right, which typically requires water to be removed from the stream and to be put to beneficial use. In the case of a RICD, the water stays in the stream for recreation.

After a lengthy court battle against the State of Colorado and other opponents, a final decree granting the UGRWCD the RICD water rights was issued in January 2006. In the end, the district settled with all the opponents in the case, says Karen Shirley, the conservancy district's director.

Their water rights now allow the whitewater park to call for peak flows of up to 1,200 cubic feet per second in June, with lower flows allowed from May through September.

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