Urbanization and Water Supplies for Northeastern Colorado

by Robert R. Smith, District Engr.; Monterey County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, P.O. Box 930, Salinas, Calif. 93902,

Serial Information: Journal of the Water Resources Planning and Management Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 1, Pg. 1-11

Document Type: Journal Paper


Increasing populations in Northeastern Colorado have resulted in reductions in irrigated acreage and the proportionate quantities of water available to support that segment of the agricultural industry. The growth has caused increased demands for municipal-domestic and industrial water supplies from the South Platte and Colorado River Basins. These impacts have been determined by comparing hydrologic data in conjunction with water use for agricultural, municipal-domestic, and industrial purposes between the period 1975-1979. Pricing and water rights ownership were also compared for the same period, as were land conversion data, population data, and crop production valuation. Proper administration of nonconsumptive return flows coupled with the importation of water from the Colorado River Basin will provide adequate, industrial, and irrigation water supplies for this growth intense area and downstream farm lands.

Subject Headings: Municipal water | Industries | Irrigation water | Rivers and streams | Urban areas | Water supply | Basins | Hydrologic data | Colorado | United States | Colorado River

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