VIDEO: Session 2, Part 2b: Agricultural Conservation and Transfers: Bonnie Colby and Carla Jerla

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Event Date



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



SESSION TWO: New Supplies, Reduced Demands, and Reallocation: Reconciling Competing Visions for the Future

Moderator: Doug Kenney, Getches-Wilkinson Center

3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (cont'd) Agricultural Conservation and Transfers

The Cutting Edge in Western Alternative Water Transfers: Bonnie Colby, University of Arizona

Findings and Lessons from the Colorado River Basin Agricultural Work Group: Carly Jerla, Bureau of Reclamation


Doug Kenney

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 2: New Supplies, Reduced Demands, and Reallocation: Reconciling Competing Visions for the Future. Historically, water planning was little more than the identification of new supply projects,sometimes individually, and sometimes as part of larger, basin schemes. This is still an important element of the water planning dialogue. However, just as frequently today, the planning emphasis is focused on demand management or water reallocation (transfers). Each approach raises its own challenges in balancing objectives, managing participation, and implementing decisions.

Alternate Title

Agricultural Conservation and Transfers