AW has been working to advise groups of stakeholders in each river basin who provide input to the state on water issues, in the development of a nonconsumptive needs assessment (NCNA). This involves identifying the area’s nonconsumptive water needs, such as paddling and fishing, as well as the projects and methods to meet those needs.

With assistance from American Whitewater, the basin roundtables completed Phase I, which included a comprehensive stakeholder-driven mapping effort of environmental and recreational focus areas throughout Colorado. Phase I also included a pilot of the Watershed Flow Evaluation Tool (WFET), which tests the applicability of a course quantification methodology. AW has engaged hundreds of volunteers in studies that identify the flow-needs for existing recreational use in the Colorado and Yampa River basins, and has worked with the CWCB to develop a quantitative metric that helps evaluate the impact to paddling from climate change, new water development projects, and changes in water rights.

Phase II of the NCNA process seeks to identify projects or methods to address the basins’ nonconsumptive needs identified in Phase I. During Phase II, the roundtables, with assistance from the CWCB, will explore the following topics:

To address the first topic area, a technical memo was developed that outlines existing and planned nonconsumptive projects and methods. The identification of these projects and methods will inform each basin roundtable in how to proceed with the other topic areas. Some basins may focus first on nonconsumptive quantification, and others may put their efforts directly into identifying projects or methods for meeting their nonconsumptive needs.

Ultimately, the NCNA information will merge with the results of the Consumptive Needs Assessments and provide guidance to water resource managers on issues related to environmental and recreational uses of water. Recreation and tourism are vital to Colorado. Millions of people within the state participate in outdoor recreational activities that are connected to Colorado’s water resources. Water-related activities, such as fishing, paddling, commercial rafting, wildlife viewing, camping, skiing and other snow sports, together infuse between $7 and $8 billion into the state’s economy and employ about 85,000 people across Colorado. The state’s recreational opportunities and natural environment continue to draw in businesses and new residents to Colorado, further underscoring their importance to the state’s economy.

American Whitewater is working to define and defend the needs of river-based recreation across the region, as decisions on what the future of Colorado's Rivers will look like.


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projects - Basin Non-Consumptive Needs Assesments (CO)

Title Name City
Nathan Fey Longmont CO Details...

Basin Non-Consumptive Needs Assesments (CO)

Associated Rivers

Blue [CO]
low
00h19m
Blue [CO]
low
00h48m
Blue [CO]
low
01h03m
Castle Creek [CO]
Colorado [CO]
low
01h18m
Colorado [CO]
med
00h48m
Colorado [CO]
low
00h48m
Colorado [CO]
med
34h35m
Colorado [CO]
med
34h35m
Colorado [CO]
low
01h03m
Colorado [CO]
med
01h03m
Colorado [CO]
low
00h48m
Colorado [CO]
med
00h48m
Colorado [CO]
low
00h19m
Colorado [CO]
med
00h19m
Colorado [CO]
low
00h19m
Crystal, North Fork [CO]
Crystal, South Fork [CO]
low
01h03m
Crystal [CO]
low
01h03m
Crystal [CO]
low
01h03m
Crystal [CO]
low
01h03m
Crystal [CO]
low
01h03m
Crystal [CO]
low
01h03m
Crystal [CO]
low
01h03m
Eagle [CO]
Eagle [CO]
Eagle [CO]
Eagle [CO]
Eagle [CO]
low
00h48m
Elk River [CO]
Elk River [CO]
Elk River [CO]
low
19h35m
Fish Creek [CO]
low
35h20m
Fish Creek [CO]
low
35h20m
Fraser [CO]
low
41h48m
Fryingpan [CO]
01. Upper IV-V
low
00h34m
Fryingpan [CO]
low
00h48m
Gore Creek [CO]
low
00h19m
Gore Creek [CO]
low
00h19m
Green [CO]
med
00h34m
Grizzly Creek [CO]
Homestake Creek [CO]
Kannah Creek [CO]
low
01h18m
Kannah Creek [CO]
low
01h18m
Roaring Fork [CO]
low
00h19m
Roaring Fork [CO]
Roaring Fork [CO]
low
00h34m
Roaring Fork [CO]
low
00h34m
Roaring Fork [CO]
med
00h34m
Rock Creek [CO]
Tenmile Creek [CO]
White, South Fork [CO]
White [CO]
med
40h19m
Yampa [CO]
low
19h50m
Yampa [CO]
low
00h19m
Yampa [CO]
low
03h50m
Yampa [CO]
low
41h48m
Yampa [CO]
low
39h49m
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