The Challenge

The Challenge for Participants

With up to 50% more people and 20-30% less water by 2050 in most of the American Southwest, how will we meet our water needs for systems that are already stressed by heavy use? 
Your team may address any of the following options:

  • Focus on a specific kind of use, such as agriculture, municipal/industrial, environmental needs, or recreational uses
  • Focus on a specific area (a river basin, a local watershed, headwaters area, or a particular city)
  • Focus on a specific kind of approach to addressing the question, such as technological innovations and improvements, conservation strategies (including public education, communications outreach), legal remedies (better land-use regulations, Colorado River Compact modifications reflecting emerging realities, changes in appropriations doctrine), cultural issues (reluctance toward change in 'heritage ranching culture')

If you have an interdisciplinary team, you might bring a number of integrated approaches to bear on a specific place or use category.

You are encouraged to 'mix & match' from all three option areas, for example: 'technological innovations that would enable West Slope ranchers in Colorado to reduce their consumptive use, freeing water to meet metropolitan needs.' 

Your work will be evaluated by experienced water leaders for:

  • Imagination and creativity
  • Grounded in good science (no science-fiction)
  • Technical feasibility (no miracle inventions)
  • Economic feasibility
  • Political/legal feasibility


Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 12:00pm to 9:00pm

University Center
Gunnison, CO 81230

Event Type

Meetings & Conferences


Colorado Water Workshop, Environment & Sustainability Department, School of ENVS
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