WA-19-1 Drought Contingency Planning and Investigation of Demand Management Programs on the Colorado River

WHEREAS The US Bureau of Reclamation has proposed, subject to federal authorization, a new, non-equalized storage space in Lake Powell to be used for operation of an Upper Colorado River Basin potential demand management program; and

WHEREAS This space in Lake Powell would be used by the four upper basin states of the Colorado River for voluntary, temporary and compensated contributions of water that have been previously consumed; and

WHEREAS The conserved consumptive use savings will be accounted for by the Bureau of Reclamation until such time that it is determined by the Upper Colorado River Commission to be necessary for compliance with the 1922 Colorado River Compact; and

WHEREAS The Colorado Water Conservation Board has adopted a policy stating that Colorado’s potential contributions to the conserved consumptive use space in Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP) reservoirs will be from equitable contributions of water based on geography and by type of use.  The equitable contribution of water is intended to achieve contributions of water from West Slope water users and Trans-mountain Diverters in amounts that are roughly proportionate to the respective post-compact depletions between West Slope and Trans-mountain water users.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Club 20 supports both the Upper Basin’s Drought Contingency Plan and the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s December 2018 policy regarding equitable contributions to a potential demand management “pool” in CRSP reservoirs based on statewide contributions from all types of water users with the understanding that “equitable” and “roughly proportional” contributions from Colorado River water users is based on post-compact depletions between West Slope and Trans-mountain water users.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Club 20 only supports potential demand management programs for Colorado River Compact compliance that are voluntary, temporary and fairly compensated, and Causing no injury to other water rights.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any Demand Management program be structured to avoid disproportionate impact to any economic sector and that secondary economic impacts be minimized or mitigated.

Adopted 9/21/19

 

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