Moving Forward Effort
Colorado River Basin Stakeholders Moving Forward to Address Challenges Identified in the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study
The Moving Forward effort builds upon and enhances the broad, inclusive stakeholder process demonstrated in the Colorado River Basin Study. In Phase 1 of this effort, which concluded on May 12, 2015, with the publication of the Phase 1 Report, over 100 stakeholders, spanning all water use sectors (e.g., municipal, agricultural, environmental, etc.) were engaged via three workgroups focused on water use efficiency (urban and agricultural) and environmental and recreational flows.
The members of the Coordination Team and three Workgroups represented federal, state, tribal, agricultural, municipal, hydropower, environmental and recreational interests. The Coordination Team directed and reviewed the efforts of the three workgroups, which are listed below.
- Municipal and Industrial Water Conservation and Reuse Workgroup
- Agricultural Water Conservation, Productivity and Transfers Workgroup
- Environmental and Recreational Flows Workgroup
The first objective of these workgroups was to clarify uncertainties related to water use efficiency, reuse, and environmental and recreational flow by shifting the focus from the Basin-wide approach taken in the Colorado River Basin Study, to one that explores such areas in more detail. Second, the workgroups strove to identify opportunities and challenges to advance in these areas with an eye towards solutions that have broad-based support, and provide (or have the potential to) a wide range of benefits.
Phase 2, which will begin this year, signals the transition from study to action. In this phase, building from the workgroups’ proposed opportunities and actions, several pilot projects will be identified and implemented.
Phase 1 Schedule
|Workgroup Formation and Phase 1 Scope Development||
June 2013 - September 2013
|Workgroups Perform Data Collection and Analysis Activities||
September 2013 - April 2014
|Workgroups Prepare Draft Phase 1 Reports||
April 2014 - August 2014
|Coordination Team Prepares Integrated Summary Report and Reviews Workgroups' Draft Phase 1 Reports||
August 2014 - December 2014
|Final Phase 1 Reports Published||
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