Basin Implementation Plan (BIP)
What does the BIP address?
The BIP recognizes 1) the need to retain a share of native flows for existing uses and future development, 2) the need to preserve the natural hydrology for environmental and recreational use; 3) the need for appropriately located, sized, and operated projects to protect water uses and the environment, particularly during drought; and 4) the need to consider and to address all of these within the roundtable process.
- Protect the YWG Basin from the Colorado River Compact curtailment of existing decreed water uses and some increment of future uses.
- Protect and encourage agricultural uses of water in the YWG Basin within the context of private property rights.
- Improve agricultural water supplies to increase irrigated land and reduce shortages.
- Identify and address Municipal and Industrial water shortages.
- Quantify and protect non-consumptive water uses.
- Maintain and consider the existing natural range of water quality that is necessary for current and anticipated water uses.
- Restore, maintain, and modernize water storage and distribution infrastructure.
- Develop an integrated system of water use, storage, administration and delivery to reduce water shortages and meet environmental and recreational needs.