North Platte BIP

Basin Context:
The North Platte Basin, also known as North Park, is a high-altitude valley covering about 2,000 square miles in north-central Colorado. It includes all of Jackson County and the small portion of Larimer County that contains the Laramie River watershed. Both the North Platte and Laramie Rivers flow north into Wyoming and are subject to use-limitations described in Supreme Court decrees. The basin is also affected by the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program (PRRIP), which was developed to manage endangered species recovery efforts on the Platte River in Central Nebraska. Water use in the basin is dominated by irrigated pastures associated with ranching operations. The basin also has a major wildlife refuge in addition to numerous public lands and recreational opportunities. The basin exports a portion of North Platte water—approximately 4,500 AFY—to the Front Range.

BIP Update Background & Next Steps:
Following on the heels of the release of the Colorado Water Plan in 2015, staff began working on the next update to the statewide water supply initiative or SWSI. The next SWSI effort was rebranded as the Analysis and Technical Update to the Colorado Water Plan (Technical Update) after gathering roundtable input and realizing that SWSI and the Basin Implementation Plans (BIPs) are core components of the Colorado Water Plan (Water Plan).

The North Platte Basin Roundtable's BIP was first developed prior to the release of the Water Plan and is being updated as part of the larger BIP and Colorado Water Plan (Water Plan) update. As with the other basins, the BIP is slated to be completed in 2021 and will fold into the Water Plan update that's scheduled for completion in 2022.

Like the Technical Update, the BIPs and Water Plan will follow a similar format of having a shorter more accessible Volume 1 strategy document and a longer Volume 2 document that will contain the original BIP and other supporting information.

Basin Context:
The North Platte Basin, also known as North Park, is a high-altitude valley covering about 2,000 square miles in north-central Colorado. It includes all of Jackson County and the small portion of Larimer County that contains the Laramie River watershed. Both the North Platte and Laramie Rivers flow north into Wyoming and are subject to use-limitations described in Supreme Court decrees. The basin is also affected by the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program (PRRIP), which was developed to manage endangered species recovery efforts on the Platte River in Central Nebraska. Water use in the basin is dominated by irrigated pastures associated with ranching operations. The basin also has a major wildlife refuge in addition to numerous public lands and recreational opportunities. The basin exports a portion of North Platte water—approximately 4,500 AFY—to the Front Range.

BIP Update Background & Next Steps:
Following on the heels of the release of the Colorado Water Plan in 2015, staff began working on the next update to the statewide water supply initiative or SWSI. The next SWSI effort was rebranded as the Analysis and Technical Update to the Colorado Water Plan (Technical Update) after gathering roundtable input and realizing that SWSI and the Basin Implementation Plans (BIPs) are core components of the Colorado Water Plan (Water Plan).

The North Platte Basin Roundtable's BIP was first developed prior to the release of the Water Plan and is being updated as part of the larger BIP and Colorado Water Plan (Water Plan) update. As with the other basins, the BIP is slated to be completed in 2021 and will fold into the Water Plan update that's scheduled for completion in 2022.

Like the Technical Update, the BIPs and Water Plan will follow a similar format of having a shorter more accessible Volume 1 strategy document and a longer Volume 2 document that will contain the original BIP and other supporting information.

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