Colorado Water Conservation Board Approves New Steps in Demand Management Investigation

November 23, 2020 (Denver, CO) – During the November 18 Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Meeting, the second work plan for continuing the state’s Demand Management Feasibility Investigation was approved. 

The concept of a Demand Management Program is temporary, voluntary, and compensated reductions in the consumptive use of water in the Colorado River Basin. 

The initial work plan, completed in July 2020, included over a year’s worth of discussions and brainstorming ideas among eight workgroups – ranging from agricultural impacts to environmental considerations to funding opportunities. All workgroup meetings were open to the public and provided opportunities for public comment.


Using results from the first work plan, next steps in the state’s investigation include considering whether a program would be achievable, worthwhile, and advisable for Coloradans and the state as a whole. This will be accomplished by designing potential frameworks for a program and learning from existing projects while also considering new opportunities for on-the-ground learning. The CWCB will continue to ensure that this process is open and collaborative. As the new work plan is ongoing over the next year, workshops and updates will be shared through the CWCB website

For more background on the concept of Demand Management, see Frequently Asked Questions.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board mission is to conserve, develop, protect and manage Colorado’s water for present and future generations.

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.