CWCB Drought and Water Supply Assessment

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This report represents the brain work of a large number of people and organizations that sought to create something, a Drought & Water Supply Assessment, that had not been previously created – in terms of its scope with respect to the number and kinds of questions that needed to be asked, and its reach with respect to the number of different people and organizations that graciously committed their time and personal energy to contribute to the assessment. Those organizations that provided invaluable support throughout the planning, development and implementation of this project includes those listed below.

  • Executive Directors Office of the Department of Natural Resources
  • Directors Office of the Colorado Water Conservation Board
  • Office of Water Conservation of the Colorado Water Conservation Board
  • State Engineers Office (Division of Water Resources)
  • Division Engineers in All Seven Major River Basins
  • Department of Local Affairs
  • Flood Protection, Water Supply Planning and Finance, Water Supply Protection, and Stream and Lake Protection Sections of the Colorado Water Conservation Board

In addition, various consulting firms provided expertise and experience in the database management, water rights and water administration, carry-over storage, water conservation and drought planning, drought mitigation, statutory framework of water conservation and drought management, public relations, human environmental behavior, and the general nature of drought. These skills were used to bolster and support our team’s efforts in crafting, testing and administering the assessment, ultimately allowing for the characterization of water user needs across the state. Consulting firms, and noteworthy individuals, that contributed to the preparation of this report include:

  • Bouvette Consulting
  • Resolution Research & Marketing, Inc.
  • Brownstein Hyatt & Farber, P. C.
  • Golden Rule Marketing
  • CDM
  • Boyle Engineering Corporation
  • HDR Engineering, Inc.
  • Richard Pinkham Consulting
  • John Wiener

Finally, we are extremely grateful to the organizations and individuals that took time from their busy schedules to provide technical review and support during the testing of the assessment instrument and in the review of the final draft document. These individuals and entities, to which the document and the project are indebted, include:

  • Larry Adams, Town of Crested Butte
  • Steve Aveschoug, Dolores Water Conservancy District
  • Alan Berryman, Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District
  • Peter Binney, City of Aurora
  • Dan Birch, Colorado River Water Conservancy District
  • Jim Broderick, Southeast Colorado Water Conservancy District
  • Mark Catlin, Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association
  • Tom Cech, Central Colorado Water Conservation District
  • Larry Clever, Ute Water Conservancy District
  • Kent Crowder, Jackson County Water Conservancy District
  • Kathleen Curry, Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District
  • Ralph Curtis, Rio Grande Water Conservancy District
  • John Fetcher, Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District
  • Brenda Filmore, Arkansas Groundwater Users Association
  • Brett Gracely, Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Alan Hamel, Pueblo Board of Water Works
  • Steve Harris, Various Division 7 Interests
  • Polly Hayes, US Forest Service
  • John Hendrick, Centennial Water and Sanitation District
  • Don Higby, Lower Arkansas Water Management
  • Frank Jaeger, Parker Water and Sanitation District
  • Fred Kroeger, Southwestern Conservation District
  • Dave Little, Denver Water
  • Larry Patterson, City of Fountain
  • David Merritt, Colorado River Water Conservation District
  • Jon Monson, City of Greeley
  • Jack Odor, Groundwater Appropriators of the South Platte
  • Russell Overton, Town of Meeker
  • Tracy Pope, Durango West Metro District #2
  • Gary Roberts, Town of Breckenridge
  • Terry Scanga, Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District
  • Jim Spehar, Lower Arkansas Water Conservancy District
  • Lane Wyatt, Northwest Council of Governments


Table of Contents | Introduction | Acknowledgements | Executive Summary
Section One Chapters 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8
Section Two Chapters 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17
Appendices A | B | C | List of Acronyms | Maps | Glossary

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“Any way that you look at it, the drought impacted, and will continue to impact, the way that Coloradoans look at water, water supply and water use in the future.”

CWCB DWSA Introduction



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Prepared by:
Bouvette Consulting
Resolution Research &
Marketing, Inc.