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

Next Steps - Phase 1

Environmental and Recreational Flows Workgroup

The Study recognized that future efforts should strive to better understand and quantify the needs of flow-dependent ecological systems and river recreation, better reflect those needs in a modeling framework, and further explore solutions that promote the protection and improvement of environmental and recreational flows. This Workgroup will develop a report that, for areas found by the Study to be highly vulnerable, describes any uncertainties related to the representation of those areas in the modeling framework and the assumed flow needs. Additionally, this Workgroup will explore opportunities to implement options that provide multiple benefits to improve flow and water-dependent ecological systems, power generation, and recreation. The Workgroup will propose Phase 2 activities to the Coordination Team. 

This Workgroup is led by three Co-Chairs:

  • Alan Butler – Bureau of Reclamation
  • Ted Kowalski – Colorado Water Conservation Board
  • Taylor Hawes – The Nature Conservancy


For additional information or questions, contact:

e-mail: ColoradoRiverBasinStudy@usbr.gov
phone: 702-293-8500
fax: 702-293-8042
TTY/TDD Relay: Dial 711

Webmaster: sha-lcr-webcomments@usbr.gov
Updated: February 2014