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fallowing and advanced agricultural and municipal water conservation. Te funders – Denver Water, South-

ern Nevada Water Authority, Central Arizona Project, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) and Reclamation – have together com- mitted more than $1 million to continue the program in 2017. “Te idea is if it really proves out

well then we would look at maybe trying to get some federal funding out of Congress and expand it,” said Jeff Kightlinger, MWD’s general manager. Te pilot program “has been incred- ibly successful, more than I would have imagined,” Wolff said. “We’ve got a lot of people interested and involved.” Accounting for Upper Basin water

conservation measures that benefit Lake Powell “is a much more complicated thing in the Upper Basin because when you are in the Lower Basin and decide to conserve they just don’t release that water from Mead,” Ostler said. “In the Upper Basin that’s not the case. You can conserve the water but it flows past other water users. People have the right to take water under a high priority [water] right and how we ensure it gets to Powell is a big question.”

Meeting Future Water Needs

Practicality dictates that the Upper Basin states must consider the possibility that they may not be able to access the full share of Colorado River allocated to them under the Compact. “Unless we accept some very high risk

levels of shortage, curtailment and power pool problems, or unless we can provide substantial additional storage, it’s not available on a regular basis,” Ostler said. He acknowledged there are different ideas of risk and water supply. “You find those who say we are overusing already and there’s not any more left to people who would say you can use up to the Compact amount,” he said. Trough efforts such as the Colorado Water Plan and the Upper Basin

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