Moving Forward Effort

Colorado River Basin Stakeholders Moving Forward to Address Challenges Identified in the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study

Phase 1

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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.

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

Activity Date
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
Spring 2015

For additional information or questions, contact:

phone: 702-293-8500
fax: 702-293-8042

Last Updated: 7/27/15