Spring 2021: Storage
The Storage Issue
Colorado’s water storage — through reservoirs and underground aquifers — has played a cornerstone role in sustaining livelihoods and development for more than a century. Spurred by a goal set in the Colorado Water Plan to develop 400,000 acre-feet of additional water storage by 2050, Coloradans still rely on dams of the past but are looking toward the next era of reservoirs: one where projects are collaborative to meet diverse needs, environmental protection receives careful consideration, and where water managers are agile in responding to changing conditions. View or download a flipbook of the magazine or read articles below.
The Way We Bank: Thinking Beyond the Dam
May 24, 2021 by Jason Plautz
Faced with an uncertain climate future, limited water rights, and social and environmental pressures, water managers are reexamining what good water storage projects look like and exploring everything from networks of smaller, shared reservoirs, to aquifer storage, to natural storage solutions, and more.