Upper basin states to encourage water conservation

View of Colorado River from hiking trail by Lees Ferry
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The upper basin states in the Colorado River system — Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico — will be encouraging water conservation by paying users not to use water.

In a pilot program aimed at mitigating the effects of long-term drought, upper basin Colorado River water users such as farmers, ranchers, cities, irrigation districts, tribes and industrial water users that can demonstrate a project that can reduce their water use may receive funding.  Money comes from the federal Inflation Reduction Act funding for Colorado River projects.

Aspen JournalismOpens in a new tab. reports that the conservation plan is projected to begin this summer and has linked to the template for the Upper Colorado River Basin System Conservation Implementation AgreementOpens in a new tab. that will be awarded to qualified water users.  The amount to be paid per acre-foot of water conserved is currently unknown.

Image and Credit:

Desert landscape image showing a hiking trail with hikers along the Colorado River in Lees Ferry ArizonaOpens in a new tab., November 2021. By Ray RedstoneOpens in a new tab. under Creative Commons license via Wikimedia.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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December 21, 2022 9:18 am
Well, that seems like a good incentive. Money motivates in most cases. I’m interested to see how motivating this is going to get. Ha!
I truly wish all of these water saving attempts well. I want them to succeed.

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