VIDEO: Session 1, Part 2: The Rise of State Water Planning

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date



Martz Summer Conference (7th: 2015: Boulder, Colo.)



SESSION ONE: The Rise of Statewide Water Planning

10:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. The Colorado Water Plan

Moderator, Britt Banks, Getches-Wilkinson Center

10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Overview and Status Report: Lauren Ris, Colorado Department of Natural Resources

10:50 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

Some Reactions and Responses


Chris Treese, Colorado River Water Conservation District

Bart Miller, Western Resource Advocates

Mark Pifher, Colorado Springs Utilities

Carlyle Currier, Currier Ranch

11:40 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

GWC Task Force Report: Larry MacDonnell, University of Colorado Law School


Britt Banks

Streaming Media


Many aspects of western water allocation and management are the product of independent and uncoordinated actions, several occurring a century or more ago. However, in this modern era of water scarcity, it is increasingly acknowledged that more coordinated and deliberate decision-making is necessary for effectively balancing environmental, social, and economic objectives. In recent years, a variety of forums, processes, and tools have emerged to better manage the connections between regions, sectors, and publics linked by shared water systems. In this event, we explore the cutting edge efforts, the latest points of contention, and the opportunities for further progress.

Session 1: The Rise of State Water Planning. Water planning at scales larger than individual water systems is obviously not a new idea; in fact, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Water Resources Planning Act. But in the West, the word “plan” remains a 4-letter word to many supporters of the laissez-faire traditions in water management, so while some states have a long history of planning, others—notably Colorado—are taking their first steps.

Alternate Title

The Rise of State Water Planning