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SOUTHWEST BASIN ROUNDTABLE
Basin Implementation PlanningSOUTHWEST BASIN ROUNDTABLE
July 16, 2014
1Southwest Basin Implementation PlanBIP Development ProcessBasin OverviewApproachHighlightsGoals and Measureable OutcomesOpportunities and ConstraintsIdentified Projects and Processes StrategiesThe BRT specifically identified and asked us to share several highlights2Development Process2013 Updated IPPs2010 Needs Assessment and other data2013 Roundtable Goals & Meas. OutcomesAssess Current Gaps Identify Opportunities and New StrategiesImplementation PlanMapping and AnalysisRoundtable Joint Problem SolvingRefresh/update IPP list and other outreach steps(?)
Outreach efforts: 100 interviews to gather and updated IPPshave held workshops prior to BRT (6), voluntary and open participation
BIP Steering Committee (meet monthly)BRT works on a consensus basis; they direct our work
Development stepsDevelop and draft Goals specific to our basins needs/valuesDetermine which IPPs satisfy goals Identify areas of gaps Example: If a Goal is not meet by existing IPPs, new IPPs need to be developed to reach the goals and fill the gapDraft measurable outcomes and objectives based on identified goals, gaps and IPPs
Basin OverviewMap of Basin to show uniques geography, subbasins, tribal areas, countiesLots of different entities and jurisdictions4Approach
Living DocumentBalanced Approach to address all uses: acknowledging that they sometimes represent competing demands, All needs treated equallyalways open to new projects and processes that can help address the Basins goals 50: 50 Consumptive: Non-Consumptive
5Goal ThemesBalance All Needs and Reduce ConflictMaintain Agricultural Water Needs Meet Municipal and Industrial Water NeedsMeet Recreational Water NeedsMeet Environmental Water NeedsPreserve Water Quality Comply with CO River Compact & Manage Risk
21 goals and 30 measureable outcomes to meet identified gaps and water supply needs.Main themesBalance All Needs and Reduce ConflictMaintain Agriculture Water Needs Meet Municipal and Industrial Water NeedsMeet Recreational Water NeedsMeet Environmental Water NeedsPreserve Water Quality Comply with CO River Compact and Manage Risk
30 measureable outcomes to meet identified gaps and water supply needs.8 factors to be addressed before discussing a new TMD.TMD would increase risk ofColorado River Compact call, contingency measures to address the inability to generate power from Lake Powell or levels of Lake Mead dropping below Las Vegas intake. Jeopardizes the Southwest Basins ability to develop its own water supplies and puts pressure the Basins agriculture to meet downstream water needs for the State of Colorado. Example of Measureable Outcome agreed upon by the roundtable to address multiple goals:Change the ratio of in-house to outside treated water use for water suppliers to 60/40 ratio of indoor water use to outdoor use by 2030 in SW. Attaining this goal statewide would reduce the higher consumptive use of municipal water due to lawn watering, while also helping to prevent ag dry up, and reduce risk.
Example of Measureable Outcome Implement 15 IPPs to directly restore, recover or sustain endangered, threatened, and sensitive aquatic and riparian dependent species and plant communities.
Constraints and Opportunities
Critical Basins Map is an example of the current reality, our current playing field.These are the over appropriated basins within our area. The red dots are structures that have placed a call at least once since 2000.
Colorado Wildland Fire Susceptibility Index (Colorado State Forest Service)
Represent opportunities for problem solving.
Additional: PBOs Compacts
Identified Projects and ProcessesSince SWSI 2010, the SWBRT success rate for completing IPPs is 44%. A total of 55 projects were completed since the drafting of the SWSI 2010 list. Through the BIP outreach process 75 new projects were added to the list. The list totals about 130 IPPs for all sub-basins. Of these 130, about 50% of the IPPs are for needs such as agricultural, municipal and industrial while the remaining 50% of the IPPs are for environmental and recreational needs. To date, the SWBRT has granted $1,791,361 from the Southwest Basin account and $5,160,359 from the statewide account.
9Identified Projects and ProcessesWater sourcesHydropower on existing canalsGeothermal useHabitat restorationIn Stream Flow proposalsEducationRecreational Education and/or AccessStorageAg Diversions and Fish PassageEfficiencies for delivery systems
And other types of municipal projects/concepts10Strategies: FundingGreat potential to leverage WSRA funds with other sources (NRCS, SWCD, private)
Recommendations:WSRA funds should not be use it or lose itDedicated funding sources grass buy back agricultural efficiencies local water quality monitoring efforts recreational/ environmental data needsBundling: seek funding for a number of different projects within the basin, within a sub-basin, or at a specific site
Recommendations:WSRA funds are a secure and important source of funds. Use/lose would discourage the development of more thoughtful and high quality IPPs by forcing the BRT to disperse these funds in a more quick and potentially indiscriminant fashion
11Strategies: Education and Partnerships Education and outreach for water conservation and reuse, agricultural water sharing, recreational uses, water quality and watershed health
Continue collaboration around multi-purpose projects
Coordinate with Tribal partners to support implementation of the Tribal Settlement12Strategies: Address Data NeedsEvaluate Environmental and Recreational gapsInitiate collaborative effort to develop innovative tools to address gapsNeeds of non-public water supply systemsIndustrial water use and needCorrect and Update SWSI 2010 attribute map13Meeting our GoalsGoal ThemesSupporting IPPsA. Balance all needs29B. Agricultural10C. M & I42D. Recreation10E. Environmental41F. Water Quality6G. Compact/Risks7IPPs per ThemeHow the plan meets our goals and measureable outcomes14
Long Hollow Reservoir Construction(La Plata River)Recreational In-Channel Diversion Construction (Animas River)