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Water Conservation, Efficiency, and Instream Flows in the West. Aaron Citron Project Manager & Attorney (303) 447-7212 acitron@edf.org . Western Water Law 101. Prior Appropriation. “first in time is first in right” Diversion (usually) Beneficial Use Use it or lose it. CRB Overview.

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water conservation efficiency and instream flows in the west

Water Conservation, Efficiency, and Instream Flows in the West

Aaron Citron

Project Manager & Attorney

(303) 447-7212

acitron@edf.org

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Prior Appropriation

  • “first in time is first in right”
  • Diversion (usually)
  • Beneficial Use
  • Use it or lose it
crb overview
CRB Overview
  • Complex “Law of the River”
    • Compacts, Caselaw, Treaty with Mexico (1922-2007)
  • Colorado River legally over-allocated
    • 16.5MAF v. +/- 13.5MAF
    • 1 AF = 1,234 m3
slide9

Recreation Economy

  • $26 Billion
  • ¼ Million Jobs
slide12

Incentives

No abandonment

2. New income stream.

3. Improved streamflows.

slide13

Opposition

  • Costs to other irrigators
  • Upstream juniors
  • Instream flows
  • Politics!
slide14

Conservation ≠ Savings

  • Consumptive Use
  • Prior Appropriation
  • Efficiency v. Conservation?
slide15

Filling the Gap

  • ATMs
  • Water Banking
  • System Conservation Agreement