Colorado faces many challenges as it seeks to meet our water needs for the future.
Our state’s Water Plan encourages continuous planning at the local level.
Planning for the South Platte Basin
The South Platte Basin includes:
- the Denver Metro Area as well as the cities of Boulder, Longmont, Broomfield, Loveland, Greeley, and Fort Collins. Together these areas account for over half of the state’s economic activity!
- seven of the top ten food producing counties in the state
- the state’s most-visited state parks where water is the main attraction.
The South Platte Basin Implementation Plan
The South Platte Basin Implementation Plan (SP-BIP) identifies needs and challenges facing this area based upon citizen input. These include:
- Competition for water between residents, industry, and agriculture
- Protection of watershed health for environmental and recreational economy
- Availability of funds for new projects that seek to address these challenges
You can read more here:
- Colorado Water Plan
- Colorado Water Plan South Platte Basin FAQ
- Colorado Water Plan – South Platte Basin section
- South Platte Basin Implementation Plan
- South Platte Basin Implementation Plan Executive Summary
- South Platte Basin Implementation Plan Brochure
- List of South Platte Basin Identified Projects and Processes
- Republican River Basin Factsheet
- Guide to Water Resource Acronyms
“To facilitate continued discussions within and between basins on water management issues, and to encourage locally driven collaborative solutions to water supply challenges, permanent basin roundtables are hereby created” – Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act
The South Platte and the Metro Basin Roundtables have been tasked with ensuring that these needs are considered and that solutions are found. More information is available here:
The Roundtables want you to be part of the planning. We invite you to get involved!