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Sustainable ground-water supplies for the Rogers Mesa area, Delta County, Colorado


Sustainable ground-water supplies for the Rogers Mesa area, Delta County, Colorado—A demonstration of development and evaluation of water-supply plans

Study Area: Delta County, Colorado
Period of Project: 2006-2007
Project Number: CM200
Project Chief: Ken Watts
Cooperator: Delta County


Population growth in western Colorado, including Delta County, Colorado, is placing and will place additional demand on the area’s ground-water resources. As land is subdivided and more wells are used for individual and subdivision water supplies, the availability and sustainability of ground-water resources become more important considerations in the approval of water-supply plans for subdivisions. County land-use planners need objective criteria for establishing minimum requirements for subdivision water-supply plans, to ensure that the proposed water supply is physically adequate to meet the long-term water-supply requirements for proposed subdivisions.


To develop criteria and demonstrate an approach for compilation and analysis of hydrologic data that can be used by developers to prepare hydrologic analysis for subdivision water-supply plans. The information also can be used by the Delta County Land Use Department to evaluate the water-supply plans to ensure the availability and the sustainability of the proposed water supplies. The approach developed for this study will be applied to hypothetical subdivision water-supply plans for the Rogers Mesa area, in Delta County, Colorado, to demonstrate applicability and transferability to other areas in Delta County

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