Yampa-White-Green BIP

Basin Context:
The Yampa, White, and Green Basins cover approximately 10,500 acres in northwestern Colorado and south-central Wyoming. The basin landscape is diverse and includes steep mountain slopes, high plateaus, canyons, and broad alluvial valleys. Livestock, grazing, and recreation are the predominant land uses. Near the towns of Craig, Hayden, Steamboat Springs, Yampa, and Meeker, much of the land is dedicated to agricultural use, and the mountains are covered by forest. The Steamboat Springs area, featuring a destination ski resort, is likely to experience continued and rapid population growth.

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 Yampa-White-Green 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 Yampa, White, and Green Basins cover approximately 10,500 acres in northwestern Colorado and south-central Wyoming. The basin landscape is diverse and includes steep mountain slopes, high plateaus, canyons, and broad alluvial valleys. Livestock, grazing, and recreation are the predominant land uses. Near the towns of Craig, Hayden, Steamboat Springs, Yampa, and Meeker, much of the land is dedicated to agricultural use, and the mountains are covered by forest. The Steamboat Springs area, featuring a destination ski resort, is likely to experience continued and rapid population growth.

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 Yampa-White-Green 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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