Moving Forward Effort
Colorado River Basin Stakeholders Moving Forward to Address Challenges Identified in the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study
Environmental and Recreational Flows Workgroup
The Colorado River Basin 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. The Workgroup’s primary Phase 1 objective was to build on the Colorado River Basin Study’s assessment of environmental and recreational flows to identify ideas for potential future voluntary, non-regulatory solutions that protect or improve ecological and recreational resources while supporting other management goals to achieve integrated solutions that benefit multiple uses, both consumptive and non-consumptive, including hydropower.
Chapter 5 of the Phase 1 Report is a product of the Workgroup and documents the Workgroup’s Phase 1 activities.
This Workgroup is led by three Co-Chairs:
- Alan Butler – Bureau of Reclamation
- Ted Kowalski – Colorado Water Conservation Board
- Taylor Hawes – The Nature Conservancy
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