Alternative Transfer Methods

Colorado’s Water Plan sets a goal of achieving 50,000 acre-feet of water shared through voluntary alternative transfer methods by 2030 and establishing alternative transfer methods that compete with, if not out-perform, traditional "buy-and-dry" transactions in the water market. Alternative transfer methods include a variety of approaches such as option agreements and short-term leases to meet various water supply needs in ways that minimize permanent reductions in irrigated agriculture and associated socio-economic and ecological externalities. Alternative transfer methods can be used to meet a variety of water supply needs including drought recovery, environmental and recreational flow, groundwater sustainability, and compact compliance. 

The Colorado Water Conservation Board continues to provide both financial and technical support to encourage the development and implementation of alternative transfer methods. 

Point of Contact

Alex Funk
303-866-3441 x3201