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Pooling Resources: Learning from Collaborative Water Sharing Agreements in Colorado

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2023
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Zoom webinar


Water scarcity - driven by drought, climate change, and population growth - is an increasing problem in Colorado. Agriculture is often a critical community value and a large contributor to rural economies. Reductions in irrigated agriculture due to water transfers and urbanization is a concern across the state. Tools such as Collaborative Water Sharing Agreements (CWSA), formerly referred to as ATMs, can help achieve a balance between maintaining agriculture and meeting the needs of other water users. CWSAs are flexible water use agreements between two or more users - typically involving agricultural, municipal, or environmental users - that provides an alternative to the “buy and dry” method that occurs when a water provider purchases senior agricultural water rights and permanently removes that water from the land. However, despite state support, CWSA's face a variety of barriers in Colorado related to costs, information gaps, and infrastructure challenges.

In this webinar, we'll hear from experts in the field of CWSA's about their experience implementing and supporting these agreements, lessons learned along the way, and what the future of CWSAs in Colorado might look like.


Quint Redmond, Co-Owner & CEO, Agriburbia (Moderator)
Nora Flyn, Colorado Water Conservation Board
Joe Frank, General Manager, Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District
Rick Kienitz, Water Resources Basin Manager, Aurora Water

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