Significant discussions and initial grants have been made for an ambitious plan for water storage and reuse plans on the South Platte watershed. Authorized by Colorado HB 16-1256 a South Platte Storage Study has been completed and organizing efforts are underway to find ways to recapture 300,000 Acre-feet per year of water that is flowing out of the state to Nebraska.
The South Platte Regional Opportunities Working Group (SPROWG) has been established and has received grants of $350,000 from the Metro and South Platte Basin Roundtables and the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Organizations participating in the group include South Metro Water Supply Authority, Denver Water, Aurora Water, the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, the St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District, the North Sterling Irrigation District and the Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District.
The concept includes 175,000 acre-feet of new water storage in three locations near Henderson, Kersey and Snyder and the construction of a pipeline back to the South Platte River north of Denver.
The costs and environmental impacts are being assessed.