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Colorado's public lands are faced with new challenges but water and land management depend on working together. Read about the relationship between water and land in Colorado and how Coloradans are converging to restore Colorado's public lands in the Spring 2018 issue of Headwaters magazine.

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Water Education Colorado

10 Major Findings of the Statewide Water Supply Initiative10 Major Findings of the Statewide Water Supply Initiative

  1. Significant increases in Colorado’s population, together with agricultural water needs and an increased focus on recreational and environmental uses, will intensify competition for water.
  2. Projects and water management planning processes that local municipal and industrial water providers are implementing or planning to implement have the ability to meet about 80 percent of Colorado’s M&I water needs through 2030.
  3. To the extent that these identified municipal and industrial projects and processes are not successfully implemented, Colorado will see a significantly greater reduction in irrigated agricultural lands as M&I water providers seek additional permanent transfers of agricultural water rights to provide for demands that would otherwise have been met by specific projects and processes.
  4. Water supplies are not necessarily where demands are; localized shortages exist, especially in headwater areas, and compact entitlements in some basins are not fully utilized.
  5. Increased reliance on nonrenewable groundwater for permanent water supply brings serious reliability and sustainability concerns in some areas, particularly along the Front Range.
  6. Regional solutions can help resolve the remaining 20 percent gap between municipal and industrial supply and demand, but there will be tradeoffs and impacts on other water uses– especially agriculture and the environment.
  7. Water conservation will be relied upon as a major tool for meeting future demands, but conservation alone cannot meet all of Colorado’s future water needs. Significant water conservation has already occurred in many areas.
  8. Environmental and recreational uses of water are expected to increase with population growth. These uses help support Colorado’s tourism industry, provide recreational and environmental benefits for our citizens, and are an important industry in many parts of the state. Without a mechanism to fund environmental and recreational enhancement beyond the project mitigation measures required by law, conflicts among M&I, agricultural, recreational, and environmental users could intensify.
  9. The ability of smaller, rural water providers and agricultural water users to adequately address their existing and future water needs is significantly affected by their financial capabilities.
  10. While SWSI evaluated water needs and solutions through 2030, very few M&I water providers have identified supplies beyond 2030. Beyond 2030, growing demands may require more aggressive solutions.

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