‘Demand Management’ is the concept of temporary, voluntary, and compensated reductions in the consumptive use of water in the Upper Colorado River Basin. Included as one of the tools in the 2019 Drought Contingency Plan, its goal centered on creating a water storage account in Lake Powell and the Upper Colorado River Storage Project Act reservoirs (Aspinall, Flaming Gorge and Navajo) of up to 500,000 acre feet (AF), which would aid all the Upper Basin States in meeting their Compact obligations.
The Colorado River District Board has not formally taken a position supporting or opposing the establishment of a demand management program in Colorado. The Colorado River District collaborated with partners including but not limited to, Southwestern Water Conservation District, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Tri-State Generation and Transmission, Inc., Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association, the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, the Grand Valley Water Users Association, and all four West Slope Basin Roundtables to conduct several related evaluations, including but not limited to, Phase III of the Colorado River Risk Study, the Secondary Economic Impact Study, and convened the group of stakeholders that resulted in the report below.
In late March, 2022, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) decided to take a ‘hard pause’ on further study of Demand Management.
Colorado River District Demand Management Stakeholder Report
To view the River District’s Demand Management Stakeholder Report, click here.