Governor's Water Plan Aims To Find Solutions To Looming Gap

Apr 15, 2014

Colorado faces a water gap in the future and people are weighing in with solutions. Nine so-called basin roundtables are collecting information for an eventual Colorado Water Plan.
Colorado faces a water gap in the future and people are weighing in with solutions. Nine so-called basin roundtables are collecting information for an eventual Colorado Water Plan.
Credit Colorado River Water Conservation District

The public is weighing in how to solve the problem of less water in the future. People offered suggestions for Governor Hickenlooper’s Colorado Water Plan at a town hall meeting in Aspen Thursday. A growing population and climate change are straining the resource in Colorado, and an enormous water gap is projected, between how much water Colorado has and how much it needs. The Water Plan will use information collected by nine basin roundtables organized around various watersheds. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Jim Pokrandt. He chairs of the basin roundtable for the Colorado River.

A draft of the Colorado Water Plan is due to the Governor in December. It will be finalized in 2015. You can find out more about the statewide water plan here.