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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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Water Education Colorado

Watermarks--Letter from the Editor

Negotiating a New Era for the Colorado River

The Foundation has devoted this winter edition of Headwaters to the Colorado River Basin, touching on the policy, people, and economies that rely upon and shape the water resources of this productive watershed.

The last quarter of 2003 sent many ripples into Colorado's water resource pond. In October, the historic Quantitative Settlement Agreement was finally signed. Whether one feels the settlement is a peace treaty or a problem, it is easier to agree that it set historic precedent for ag to municipal water transfers, and represents hours and hours of hard work by many people dedicated to staying at the negotiating table, even after multiple setbacks and disappointments.

This issue of Headwaters is designed to take you through the history of our last century of development on the Colorado River, outlining the laws that govern its use, and the organizations such as the Colorado River Water Conservation District, working to shape its future. We also devoted our ‘Profiles’ section to Paul Testwuide, senior vice president of Vail Resorts, highlighting his personal involvement in the growth of snowmaking in the ski industry and its associated reliance on Colorado River Basin water.

Mark your calendars, as the Foundation will be putting together a three-day professional development tour of the Upper Colorado River Basin in June 2004. For more details, check out our overview in the ‘Highlights’ section.

Finally, just a reminder to all those conducting their own water education, restoration, or other water-related programs around the state — submitting your event to the Foundation's Web site can be a good way to share information about your project. Special events may also be appropriate for mention in our ‘In the News’ section. We'd love to hear from you.

Karla Brown
Editor and Executive Director

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