What’s an Augmentation Plan? With Dave Nettles of the Colorado Division of Water Resources

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Dave Nettles, the Division Engineer with the Colorado Division of Water Resources’ Water Division One, joins The Water Values Podcast for a discussion requested by our listeners –augmentation plans. Dave Nettles provides a background on Colorado water law and why augmentation plans are needed. He then outlines how an augmentation plans are created, what the issues are, models used to predict future groundwater flows, and how augmentation plans are implemented. Dave Nettles also discusses the latest developments in augmentation plans, as well as the impact these plans have had on the water industry. This episode provides an important look at how a scarce resource is managed and delivers a unique perspective on water law that those in non-prior appropriation doctrine states can use to learn about water management and stewardship. Check it out now!

In this Session, You’ll Learn about:

  • Colorado Division of Water Resources and their background on Colorado Law.
  • Enforcement and regulation of water rights in Colorado.
  • The process to maximize the beneficial use of waters throughout the State.
  • Augmentation plans in Colorado – from inception to implementation.
  • The different types of models used in augmentation plans, including functionality.
  • The early history in Colorado surrounding augmentation plans.
  • Newest developments happening right now in augmentation plans.
  • Analysis of the impact augmentation plans have had as it relates to Colorado agriculture and water planning.

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