The following are highlights from the final 2015 Colorado Water Plan submitted to Gov. Hickenlooper on Nov. 19.
At a Glance: Colorado’s Water Plan Supports:
- A productive economy that supports vibrant and sustainable cities; viable and productive agriculture; and robust skiing, recreation, and tourism industries
- An efficient and effective water infrastructure
- A thriving environment that includes healthy watersheds, rivers, streams, and wildlife
Colorado Water Plan Measurable Objectives
Supply-Demand Gap: Reduce the projected 2050 municipal and industrial gap from as much as 560,000 acre-feet to zero acre-feet by 2030.
Conservation: Achieve 400,000 acre-feet of municipal and industrial water conservation by 2050.
Land Use: By 2025, 75 percent of Coloradans will live in communities that have incorporated water-saving actions into their communities.
Agriculture: Agricultural economic productivity will keep pace with growing state, national and global needs, even if some acres go out of production. Share at least 50,000 acre-feet of agricultural water using voluntary alternative transfer methods by 2030.
Storage: Attain 400,000 acre-feet of water storage in order to manage and share conserved water.
Watershed Health, Environment and Recreation: Cover 80 percent of the locally prioritized lists of rivers with stream management plans, and 80 percent of critical watersheds with watershed protection plans, all by 2030.
Funding: Review options to raise additional revenue in the amount of $100 million annually ($3 billion by 2050) starting in 2020.
Education, Outreach and Innovation: Improve the level of public awareness and engagement about water issues statewide by 2020.