In the western U.S., water disputes are notoriously characterized by a sense of competition for a scarce resource, which often leads to defensiveness and distrust; misunderstandings and failed communication; ineffective negotiations; and feelings of injustice. Further, there are often few mechanisms in place to help resolve water-related disputes in an efficient and cost-effective manner. Approaches are needed to help parties more fully understand each other’s interests, develop a vision for positive joint outcomes, and build creative and effective agreements.
With extensive experience in water-related disputes, CDR helps bring together stakeholders to collaboratively resolve issues surrounding allocation, quality, use, and management of water.
Whether you’re struggling with how to negotiate and manage conflict around a proposed water delivery system, operate a reservoir to meet agricultural, municipal and ecological needs, conjunctively manage groundwater and surface water, or form inter-jurisdictional water agreements, CDR can assist you in creating lasting, practical solutions.
We provide situation assessments, process design, facilitation and mediation to address complex, multiparty issues such as:
- Water allocation, e.g., inter-jurisdictional agreements and institutional arrangements
- Multi-objective, integrative watershed planning and management
- Surface and groundwater management to enhance effective use and storage of hydrologically connected waters
- Urban/agricultural interfaces concerning water use and management
- Water infrastructure – development, operations, and maintenance, including dams and conveyance mechanisms
- Water quality for municipal, transportation and agricultural use
- Organizational decision-making, effectiveness and management among and within water agencies and associations
- Addressing the nexus between water, land use, and energy development
Example projects include:
- Colorado River Water Conservation District – Facilitating Agreements on Evolving Strategic Priorities
- CDR Facilitates Development of Crystal River Management Plan
- Engaging Stakeholders in Collaborative Approaches to Multi-Party Water Conflicts
- Training on Best Practices for Collaborative Water Decisions: Moving from Concept to Action
- Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Water Resources Plan Update
- River Health Assessment Framework for Cache la Poudre in Fort Collins, CO
- Addressing the Water and Growth Dilemma in Colorado
- CDOT Innovative Stormwater Program
- Dialogue on Produced Water from Oil and Gas Development on the Western Slope of Colorado
- Michigan Clean Water Act Section 404 Revisions
- Missouri River Basin Facilitation