Figuring out exact costs on a water project isn’t always easy to do if the project is conceptual or yet to find full support. However, having some reasonable cost estimate can be helpful to project planning. The Cost Estimating Tool was developed to help provide a starting point. The Quick Reference Guide and Volume 2, Section 5 Technical Memorandum (available on the FTP site) are resources to guide your use of this new tool. In June 2019, CWCB hosted a tech webinar to review the Costing Tool which can also be used as a guide. If you have questions and feedback while using the tool, please consider utilizing this form.
Colorado Environment Flow Tool
The Colorado Environmental Flow Tool was designed to serve as a resource to help Basin Roundtables refine, categorize, and prioritize their portfolio of environmental and recreational (E&R) projects and methods through an improved understanding of flow needs and potential flow impairments, both existing and projected. The tool uses hydrologic data from Colorado’s Decision Support System (CDSS), additional modeled hydrologic data for various planning scenarios, and established flow-ecology relationships to assess risks to flows and E&R attribute categories at pre-selected gages across the state. This is a high-level tool that is intended to provide guidance during Stream Management Plan development and Basin Implementation Plan development. The Tech Update Volume 2, Section 6 Technical Memorandum (available on the FTP site) serves as a guide to this new resource.
Innovation & Communication Tools
CWCB staff have begun to scope creative efforts to communicate the Water Plan Technical Analysis results in a more accessible, engaging manner for a wider range of audiences. Exploratory efforts include this study and project.