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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

Headwaters magazine Read articles from the magazine below or flip through the entire publication online.

Cleaning Up Urban Runoff

By Lori Ozzello

In most towns in Colorado, rain and melted snow flow untreated down the gutter, into the storm drain and directly to the nearest river. Recently however, because of stricter federal and state regulations, even small Colorado cities are making an effort to clean up their stormwater before it hits the gutter.

Read more: Cleaning Up Urban Runoff

Stormwater—Phase II

Colorado's stormwater program mirrors EPA regulations meant to reduce pollutants entering streams, lakes and rivers from urbanized and commercial areas.

Read more: Stormwater—Phase II

Water Quality 411

By Marcia Darnell

Not so long ago, four state, federal and local agencies were extracting water quality samples from the same place in the same West Slope river. They didn't always share what they found, or what they knew.

Read more: Water Quality 411

Colorado Supreme Court Decisions

High Plains and ISG Cases

Change of water rights application requires an identified place of use

Both of these court cases decided by the Colorado Supreme Court in October 2005 address issues of speculation in water rights. Under current law, speculation in water rights is prohibited. An appropriator must have its own use for the water or have a contract to serve customers that the water will benefit. The appropriator must have a plan to divert, store, or otherwise capture, possess, and control the water for beneficial use.

Read more: Colorado Supreme Court Decisions

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