Southwest Basin Roundtable

The Southwest Basin is located in the southwest corner of Colorado and covers an area of approximately 10,169 square miles. The largest cities within the basin are Durango (pop. 15,213) and Cortez (pop. 8,328). The region also includes five ski areas: Telluride, Wolf Creek, Durango Mountain Resort, Kendall Mountain, and Hesperus. The Southwest Basin is projected to increase in municipal and industrial (M&I) water demand between 17,000 acre feet (AF) and 27,000 AF by 2050 with passive conservation included.

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Next Roundtable Meeting:

October 26, 2023
3:00PM - 6:00PM

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  • Ensure endangered species’ needs do not negatively impact future in-basin uses
  • Address compact delivery impacts to existing and future in-basin water rights
  • Address potential agricultural firming needs
  • Ensure adequate water for future needs
    • M&I
    • Agricultural
    • Environmental
    • Recreational



Bi-monthly, alternating between Durango and Cortez


Chair: Ed Tolen

Vice-Chairs: Brandon Johnson & Al Pfister  

IBCC Representatives:  Al Pfister & Ken Curtis
IBCC Alternative Representative: Steve Wolff

Recorder: Wendy Weygandt

Roundtable Governance

There are currently 35 voting members of the Southwest BRT

Member List

Basin By-laws


Navajo Reservoir by Dustin Doskocil, CPW
Navajo Reservoir Photo by Dustin Doskocil, CPW

Recent Roundtable Meetings

Meeting Date

Meeting Materials

April 2023 Minutes
January 2023 Minutes
October 2022 Minutes
July 2022 Minutes

Contact the Southwest BRT

Chairperson and WSRF Contact: Edward Tolen

Phone #: 970-563-0320