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Opportunities for Water Conservation

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The research and recommendations presented in this report arose from the desire among local interests in the Roaring Fork Watershed to understand how water conservation efforts could be used to improve local streamflows. The report – completed by Roaring Fork Conservancy with funding from Garfield County and the Pitkin County Healthy Rivers and Streams Fund – has its origins in a commonly heard local question: “Why hasn’t Roaring Fork Conservancy engaged in a water conservation campaign to improve streamflows?” Generally, the reason has been because in Colorado water conservation raises a host of complicated legal issues, such as abandonment, waste, and potential injury to other water users. Yet such legal barriers do not change the fact that conservation efforts are likely to prove essential to ensuring adequate streamflows in the Roaring Fork Watershed.

Roaring Fork Watershed Plan

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