Colorado River Water Conservation Program

Canal and Agriculture

The Colorado River Basin has been in historic drought conditions since the early 2000s. Currently, the combined storage in Lake Powell and Lake Mead are at their lowest levels (below 35%) since Lake Powell initially began filling in the 1960s. CVWD has been actively discussing with other Basin States to help mitigate the impacts of the historical dry conditions.

CVWD is soliciting interest for a voluntary, temporary, and compensated water conservation program for canal water users that can demonstrate a reduction in Colorado River water use for 2022 and 2023. CVWD will administer the program with funding provided by external sources. Participants will be incentivized $200/af (net) based on savings against their historical water use over the most recent 5-year period.  As an example, water savings could be achieved through the removal of agricultural land from production or switching to less water intensive crops. Substitution of groundwater will not be allowed.

CVWD held a public workshop on May 17 and addressed questions and comments that potential participants had about the program. More information about the program can be found on the program fact sheet.

Colorado River Water Conservation Program Recent Updates

During their June 28, 2022 Board meeting, CVWD's Board of Directors took an important step to help mitigate the situation on the Colorado River by approving the Colorado River Water Conservation Program. Water conserved through this program will be classified as system water and will be left in the Colorado River system to help prevent elevations in Lake Mead and Lake Powell from reaching critically low levels.

Canal customers interested in the program are requested to fill out an application and a landowner consent form (for those who are leasing land).  Once the application is submitted, it will be reviewed by CVWD staff and funding partners to determine eligibility.  Customers approved to participate in the program will be required to sign an agreement with CVWD. For more information about the Rules and Regulations of the program, please click here.

Customers may submit an application and a landowner consent form (if applicable) by one of the following methods:

Please feel free to contact us at ConserveCRW@cvwd.org if you have additional questions about the program.