Ag Water Summit Set For November 29th
A prominent message of the Colorado Water Plan is that we need to find water to meet the gap without harming agriculture—because we need the food and fiber, because we need the cultural richness, and because we need our rural communities. On the other hand, the Plan says that agriculture will likely take a hit, because so much of the water we divert in this state is for agriculture. Agricultural producers, their water managers and their communities feel the target on their backs.
The Colorado Water Plan puts a lot of stock in ways to move water temporarily from agriculture instead of through transfer of water permanently from agriculture. For the past 10 years, CWCB has granted funds to explore the potential of these temporary means—labeled alternative transfer methods(ATMs). Now that the Colorado Water Plan has been out for a full year, the IBCC and Colorado Ag Water Alliance are calling for a summit to discuss ATMs. Here are questions to be addressed:
- What do ag folks think about ATMs?
- What do urban folks think about ATMs?
- What do environmental organizations think about ATMs?
- Who has tried ATMs and what have they learned?
- What would it take to scale up the use of ATMs to a level sufficient to meet the anticipated portion of the water supply/demand gap that agriculture is being counted on to provide?
Hosted by the IBCC and CAWA
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall
15200 W. 6th Ave. Frontage Road
Registration will be available soon – http://coagwater.colostate.edu/events.aspx