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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

State Legislators Get a Water-Wise Tour of Southwestern Colorado

Denver, CO—In August, members of the Colorado Legislature's Water Resources Review Committee, and other members of the public, participated in a four-day bus tour of the San Juan and Dolores basins. Previously an interim committee, the now permanent 10-person committee is co-chaired by Senator Lewis H. Entz and Representative Diane Hoppe.

This year's tour started in Denver and followed the Colorado River to Grand Junction, where it turned southwards through the Uncompahgre Valley. The next day the group traveled to the Dolores Conservancy District and the Ute Farm and Ranch Enterprise. Speakers from various organizations accompanied the bus, keeping legislators busy with a stream of information. On the third day, the group toured the La Plata Valley and the proposed

Long Hollow Reservoir site, finishing up the afternoon with a stop at the Animas-La Plata project. The final day, the group continued over to Pagosa Springs, and then through the San Luis Valley on their way back to Denver.

A variety of sponsors help fund the trip, providing an excellent opportunity for legislators to familiarize themselves with water-related concerns explained first-hand by the people who deal with them everyday. The Committee has been making an effort over the last several years to tour its members through every river basin in state. ‘And we have almost made it to all of them,’ relates current chair Diane Hoppe. ‘The only basin we haven't covered is the Yampa and White in northwestern Colorado—maybe next year!’

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