Ben Wade
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Arkansas Basin Roundtable

The Arkansas Basin has seen robust growth over the past few years. Home to two large cities – Colorado Springs and Pueblo – the Arkansas Basin has seen an increase in competition for the same scarce water resources. As a result of this urban growth, there has been an increase in the transfer of water from agricultural use to municipal and industrial (M&I) uses.

Following the South Platte Basin, the Arkansas Basin is projected to experience the largest increase in M&I water demand by 2050, requiring an increase of between 141,000 AF and 195,000 acre feet (AF) with passive conservation included. 
To learn more about the Arkansas Basin, see the Basin Fact Sheet.

Recent Roundtable Meetings
Meeting Date Meeting Materials
November 2019
October 2019
September 2019

Arkansas Basin Roundtable (BRT) Priorities
  • Maintain agricultural viability in the lower basin
  • Provide for in-basin augmentation in the upper basin
  • Provide for adequate water quality to meet all needs
  • Ensure adequate water for future needs:
    • M&I
    • Agricultural
    • Environmental
    • Recreational
Arkansas BRT Activities and Accomplishments
The Arkansas Basin recently approved a report describing the basin’s significant efforts toward implementing the requirements set forth in the Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act. Since the Arkansas BRT first convened in September 2005, the BRT has worked to determine its consumptive and nonconsumptive water supply needs, examined water supply availability and identified projects or methods to meet those needs. The BRT is currently involved in Phase II of the nonconsumptive needs assessment and determining how to best support and/or implement the projects and methods to meet their identified water supply needs.

Arkansas Basin’s Major Projects and Programs
  • Southern Delivery System ­
  • Conduit ­
  • Preferred Storage Option Plan (PSOP) ­
  • Super Ditch
Roundtable Information
Meetings Monthly on 2nd Wednesday in Pueblo
  • ChairMark Shea 
  • Vice-Chairs: Mike Weber  
  • IBCC Representatives: Terry Scanga and Jeris Danielson 
  • Recorder: Elise Bergsten and Al Tucker
  • By-laws
  • Executive
  • Groundwater
  • Needs Assessment
  • Nonconsumptive Needs Assessment
  • Water Transfers 
Roundtable Governance
  • There are currently 49 voting members of the Arkansas BRT

 Next Basin Roundtable Meeting

            Rocky Ford Canteloupe

 Additional Information

 Contact the Arkansas BRT

Colorado Water Conservation Board
1313 Sherman Street, Room 718
Denver, CO 80203
Chairperson: Mark Shea

WSRF Contact: Abby Ortega

Phone number: 719-688-8748

WSRF Information - Link

Arkansas BRT Reports &
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