Webinar Series: Solutions to Water Supply Challenges in the Front Range

Part I: 21st Century Solutions to Water & Growth Challenges in the Front Range
  • Wednesday, May 11 - noon - 1 p.m.

Colorado communities face a growing water supply and demand gap caused by climate change, drought, and population growth. Historically, our cities and towns acquired additional water supplies through large-scale infrastructure projects and water rights acquisition. Today, there are a growing suite of innovative water solutions to both support cities to procure additional water supplies and reduce their water demands as they grow, while protecting environmental, recreational and agricultural water users. Join us for Part I of this two-part webinar series to explore the history of water and growth in the Colorado Front Range, unique strategies for reducing our communities’ water demand through integrated water and land use planning, and opportunities to increase water supply resilience through innovative water sharing agreements.

Alexander Funk, agricultural water resource specialist, Colorado Water Conservation Board
Brett Bovee, regional director, WestWater Research
Emily Hunt, Water Resources Division manager, City of Thornton
Christy Wiseman, land use & water planner, Department of Local Affairs

Part II: Stories from the Field - Innovative Water Sharing Agreements

  • Thursday, May 13 - noon-1 p.m.

Colorado’s finite water resources necessitate a shift in thinking about how communities develop and maintain resilient, reliable water supply portfolios. In Part II of this two-part webinar series, we’ll hear from Front Range water decision-makers who have navigated ag-to-urban water sharing agreements, also referred to as Alternative Transfer Methods. Focusing on several distinct case studies from around the state, we’ll learn about the water supply needs addressed by the transfer, stakeholders involved in the process, legal transfer structures used, lessons learned, and outcomes achieved.