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Interstate Stream Commission

Pilot System Water Conservation Program

Facing declining water levels in Lakes Mead and Powell, the Upper Colorado River Commission (UCRC), the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and four water providers that depend on Colorado River Basin supplies have been funding pilot projects to test methods for saving water that could be part of a drought contingency plan in the Upper Basin of the Colorado River. The purpose of the Pilot Program is to explore and learn about the effectiveness of temporary, voluntary, and compensated measures that could be used, when needed, to help maintain water levels in Lake Powell above the elevations needed to protect Colorado River compact entitlements and maintain hydroelectric power production. The UCRC is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to invite users of Colorado River System water in the four Upper Division States to submit proposals for a pilot system water conservation program. All users of Colorado River water, including the San Juan and Animas rivers in New Mexico, are encouraged to consider developing a pilot project for consideration under this RFP. Project proposals are due December 1, 2017.