The Colorado Mainstem Basin encompasses approximately 9,830 square miles. The largest cities in the basin are Grand Junction (pop. 49,422) and Glenwood Springs (pop. 8,603).
By 2050, the Colorado Basin could need between between 62,000 acre feet (AF) and 101,000 AF for new municipal and industrial (M&I) demands with passive conservation included.
- Address shortages in the headwaters area
- Look at the impacts of transbasin firming projects
- Look at compact delivery impacts to existing and future in-basin water rights
- Ensure endangered species’ needs do not negatively impact future in-basin needs
- Identify nonconsumptive needs for environmental and recreational flow
- Ensure adequate water supply for future needs:
- M&I, including energy development