Review of the Draft South Platte Basin Implementation
Review of the Draft South Platte Basin Implementation Plan CWCB Meeting - July 16, 2014 Rangely, Colorado 2014 HDR, all rights reserved. South Platte Overview Plan Elements Overarching Themes & Goals Alternative Portfolios The South Platte Vision
Summary Challenges 2 1 South Platte Overview South Platte Basin Overview Diverse Needs
Municipal Industrial Agricultural Environmental Recreational 4 Municipal and Industrial Water Needs The east slope is home to 80% of the States population (the Metro and South Platte Basin account for about 70%) Large industries include energy production, manufacturing, brewing, and food processing
Power generation at coal and natural gas fired facilities 5 Municipal & Industrial (M&I) Water Supply Gap in the South Platte Basin 2050 Gap Existing Supply *Based on SWSI 2010 Medium Water Demands 6 Agricultural Water Needs
1.4 million acres of irrigated land Seven of top ten agricultural producing counties in the State Represents approximately 75% of agricultural sales statewide Processing of West Slope agricultural products 7 Agricultural Water Shortages (2050) Gap 262,000 AFY Gap 160,000 AFY *Based on SWSI 2010 Agricultural Needs Projections 8
Environmental and Recreational Enjoyment of environmental and recreational values South Platte Basin is a gateway to tourism throughout the State o South Platte Basin is home to the most visited State Parks o Environment and recreational opportunities important to quality of life o Various Attributes of Importance within the Basin State endangered, threatened, or species of special concern o Important Riparian Habitat o Migratory Bird Viewing/Hunting
o Fishing (including Gold Medal fisheries) o Recreation (including skiing and whitewater and flatwater boating ) o 9 2 Overarching Themes & Goals Overarching Themes for South Platte BIP A Good Colorado Plan Needs a Good South Platte Plan
Solutions must be pragmatic, balanced, and consistent with Colorado law and property rights The South Platte River Basin will continue its leadership role in efficient use and management of water A balanced program is needed to investigate, preserve, and develop Colorado River options 11 Eight Goals and Measureable Outcomes 1. 2.
3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Agriculture Municipal Water Conservation, Reuse and Efficiency Identified Projects and Processes South Platte Storage and Other Infrastructure Water Quality New Colorado River Supply Environmental and Recreational Statewide - Long-term 12
3 The South Platte Vision The South Platte Vision Meeting the Municipal Supply Gap Successful IPPs Conservation and reuse Multipurpose projects Storage, additional conveyance and system integration Environmental and recreational protections and enhancements Agricultural transfer through ATMs where feasible New Colorado River supply
14 The South Platte Vision Future Agricultural Production Minimize the impacts of traditional dry-up Encourage continued agricultural production and restoration of curtailed production Integrated development of new Colorado River Supply 15
The South Platte Vision Protecting Environmental and Recreational Attributes Identify and implement attribute-specific projects to enhance environmental and recreational attributes Encourage cooperative projects to enhance environmental and recreational attributes Encourage funding and cooperation
Promote cooperative storage for environmental and recreational needs The South Platte Vision Collaborative Statewide Approach The Roundtables envision that if state water project(s) are considered they would: o Supply water to communities with enhanced levels of conservation & reuse o Provide environmental and recreational enhancements for both east and west slopes
17 4 Challenges 16 Major Challenges in Meeting the Gaps 19 16 Major Challenges in Meeting the Gaps 9. Republican River Basin water use constraints 10.
Programs to manage and recover protected species and their habitats 11. Water quality management 12. Time and cost for regulatory decisions on new water projects 13. Diverse environmental and recreational water needs and concerns 14. Vulnerability to water service disruptions
15. Opportunities for further system interconnections 16. Roles of elected officials, business community and the general public in water supply planning 20 The Challenges Drive the Solutions South Platte BIP
21 5 Plan Elements 1. Maximize Implementation of Identified Projects and Processes Estimated Yield (AFY) 40,000 Basin South Platte Project
Northern Integrated Supply Project South Platte Windy Gap Firming Project 30,000 Metro Moffat Collection System Project (Denver Water, Arvada) 18,000 Metro Rueter Hess Reservoir Enlargement (Parker WSD, Town
of Castle Rock, Castle Pines North, Stonegate) 14,810 Metro Thornton Northern Project 13,500 Metro ECCV Northern Expansion 12,700 Metro
Auroras Eagle River Joint-Use Project (Eagle River MOU) 10,000 South Platte Chatfield Reservoir Storage Reallocation Project 8,500 South Platte Fort Collins Halligan Reservoir Enlargement 7,000
South Platte Greeleys Milton Seaman Reservoir Enlargement 6,600 M&I Medium Scenario Gap Gap Medium Success IPPs (60%) Existing Supply M&I Gap by County
IPPs Remaining Gap 25 2. Maintain Leadership in M&I Conservation and Reuse South Platte Basin municipalities are among the national leaders in water conservation South Platte Basin municipalities are pursuing even more aggressive conservation goals Measure Residential Indoor Non-Residential
Indoor Outdoor Water Loss TOTAL GPCD Baseline 2010 Metro 2050 Reductio n (%) 43.7 34
22% 60.1 40 33% 37.5 32 15% 39.2
33 15% 62.8 10.9 155 54 9 129 15% 17% 17% 73.7
15 188 63 10 146 15% 33% 22% Metro SINCE 2000 TOTAL GPCD Rest of South Platte Basin Baseline
Rest of South Platte Basin Reduction 2000 2050 (%) 200 146 27% 2. Maintain Leadership in M&I Conservation and Reuse Reuse is being pursued by nearly all water providers Opportunities for future reuse in Metro and South Platte are limited due to regulatory and supply constraints Basin
Project Metro Auroras Prairie Waters Project Expansion & Storage Metro Denver Water Reuse Metro WISE (SMWSA, Denver Water, Aurora) Estimated Yield (AFY)
Variable 17,500 7,225 South Platte River Basin will continue its Leadership Role in Efficient Use and Management of Water 27 3. Maximize effective use of South Platte Supplies 28 4. Minimize traditional agricultural buy and dry use ATMs where practical Historically, traditional agricultural transfers (buy and dry) between willing buyers and sellers to meet M&I demands
Alternative Transfer Methods (ATMs) o o o o o Minimize impact on local economy Minimize societal impacts Minimize environmental and recreational impacts Provide funding sources for agricultural users Optimize both agricultural and nonagricultural benefits
Pilot projects underway through CWCBs ATM Grant Program While promising, there are numerous technical, legal, institutional and financial issues that need to be addressed 29 5. Protect and enhance environmental and recreational attributes Types of projects: Instream flow and lake level Channel restoration Stewardship
Species reintroduction Cooperative and multipurpose projects 30 5. Protect and enhance environmental and recreational attributes Municipal and Industrial Projects Agricultural Dry-up Reduction of return flows impacting environmental and recreational attributes Alternative Transfer Methods Multi-Purpose Projects
Storage Recharge Diversion Modification or Reoperation Trans-Basin Projects Enhancement and/or reduction of streamflows Benefits and impacts to wetlands and other wildlife habitat 31 5. Protect and enhance environmental and recreational attributes Regions Identified by BRTs Project Examples Lower
Northern High Plains Metro Region Upper Mountain 5. Protect and enhance environmental and recreational attributes Regions Identified by BRTs Project Examples Upper Mountain Region Attributes: Rare and Significant Plant Species Boating Fishing Projects Stewardship
Channel and Riparian Corridor Restoration 5. Protect and enhance environmental and recreational attributes Regions Identified by BRTs Project Examples Metro Region Attributes: Recreational Corridors Riparian Habitat Fish Habitat Projects Greenway Projects Stream Channel Restoration Stewardship Species Reintroduction
5. Protect and enhance environmental and recreational attributes Regions Identified by BRTs Project Examples Northern Region Attributes: Recreational Boating Plains Fish Species Wild and Scenic Projects Facilities Modification Stream Channel Restoration Fish Passage 5. Protect and enhance environmental
and recreational attributes Regions Identified by BRTs Project Examples Lower South Platte Region Attributes: Plains Fish Species Waterfowl Hunting/Viewing Flatwater Boating Riparian Habitat Projects Species Reintroduction Cooperative Recharge Projects Reservoirs Stewardship and Land Conservation 6. Simultaneously advance new Colorado
River supply options South Platte and Metro RTs support on-going IBCC discussions South Platte Alternative Concepts include: o o BRTs A single, larger project: various configurations of Flaming Gorge, Green River and Yampa River projects Smaller or incremental projects
do not support the default agricultural transfer only plan Seek to develop balanced, integrated plan including Colorado River projects and agricultural transfers for the overall benefit of Colorado A Balanced Program is needed to Plan and Preserve Colorado River Options 37 7. Manage risk of climate change impacts Resilient water storage and conveyance infrastructure
Use of safety factors Evaluate potential system vulnerabilities Collaborative, regional approaches (such as WISE) 38 8. Facilitate effective South Platte communication and outreach programs Suggested Activities: Develop consistent message to describe water supply gaps
Leverage communication professionals Complement existing state efforts Develop and maintain basin-specific tools and approaches Establish success metrics 39 9. Research new technologies and strategies Make use of lower quality water sources: o o Blending strategies and advanced water treatment technologies Research and develop new technologies
Participating Agencies: Colorado Zero Liquid Discharge Colorado Water Conservation Board o WSRA Statewide Fund o Metro RT WSRA Fund o South Platte RT WSRA Fund o Arkansas RT WSRA Fund Metro Wastewater Reclamation District City of Aurora City of Brighton East Cherry Creek Valley WSD City of La Junta Northern Water South Adams County WSD Arapahoe County Water and Wastewater Authority 40
10. Advocate for improvements to federal and state permitting processes Goals: Save public money Provide same assurance of quality and due diligence Retain existing environmental protections Provide greater efficiency, predictability, and consistency in the permitting process 41 6 Alternative Portfolios Alternative South Platte Portfolios
Portfolio A: In-basin portfolio with only traditional buy and dry Portfolio B: In-basin portfolio with IPPs at 60% success, ATMs, multipurpose/cooperative projects, and traditional agricultural transfers Portfolio C: A balanced portfolio with in-basin methods and new Colorado River supplies (150,000 AF) 43 Alternative South Platte Portfolios
44 Alternative South Platte Portfolios Additional Conservation 45 Alternative South Platte Portfolios Climate Change 46 7 Summary 47
Overarching Themes for South Platte BIP A Good Colorado Plan Needs a Good South Platte Plan Solutions must be pragmatic, balanced, and consistent with Colorado law and property rights The South Platte River Basin will continue its leadership role in efficient use and management of water
A balanced program is needed to investigate, preserve, and develop Colorado River options 48 Questions and Comments from the Board? 2014 HDR, all rights reserved.
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