Last month, the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan, a plan that was years in the making, was approved by Congress and signed by the President. The Colorado River serves 40 million people. The contingency plan is a crucial pact in keeping Lake Mead on the Arizona-Nevada border and Lake Powell upstream on the Arizona-Utah border from reaching levels that would have significant impacts.
Fracking has been present in Colorado since the Wattenberg Gas Field began one of the first large-scale fracking operations in 1973. In this month’s article, we take a deep dive into how much water is used for fracking and how it stacks up to other water use throughout the state.
The 2017-2018 water year was the warmest and second driest in the 124 years of Colorado records, making it a good time to think about conservation for the upcoming season and beyond. As our number of residents grow, so does our demand for housing and for water. In this article, we explore some ways new and existing communities can increase their water efficiencies and reduce water demand.
Colorado has a complex regulatory scheme for the distribution of water rights and the use of water in the state. Most people are familiar with water courts and the state engineer’s office as entities they’ll have to engage with when pursuing, protecting, acquiring or changing water rights or solving surface water issues. However, some areas of the state use an entirely different system of regulation. These areas are known as Designated Groundwater Basins and their water rights and well permits are managed by a completely different entity. Here’s what you need to know.