This first-of-its-kind report focuses on the extent to which water connection charges are encouraging watersaving design in new construction and landscaping before ground is broken.
In this study, Western Resource Advocates evaluated the revenue-generation potential and the water, electricity, and natural gas savings that public entities can realize using performance contracting in the Colorado River Basin states.
Identifies five innovative solutions that could eliminate Western water shortages stemming from the over-taxed and stressed Colorado River and meet the water needs of the West’s business, agricultural and growing population through 2060.
The water supply ‘gap’ between Southwestern New Mexico cities’ water supplies and new demands is only 35 acre feet, which can be met with available water conservation practices, rather than constructing the expensive, unnecessary Gila diversion project.
New energy policies in Colorado are resulting in less water needed for the energy generation sector.
A report by Western Resource Advocates and Trout Unlimited documents how Wyoming can more than meet the future water needs of the Platte Basin while minimizing impacts to the state’s rivers and streams through smart structural projects as well as conservation, reuse, and agriculture-urban sharing strategies.
This report articulates why and how Western utilities can achieve conservation synergy by integrating water and energy efficiency programs.
The Local Waters Alternative is a solution to meet the future water needs of Washington County, Utah, by relying on local water supplies such as water conservation, water reuse, and agricultural water transfers rather than building an expensive, unnecessary pipeline.
This report is the second in a series outlining how Colorado can meet future water needs for 80% of the population without building large infrastructure projects or pipeline diversions.
Domestic wells’ impact on Arizona aquifers and streams is not well quantified but important to water providers, cities and counties in meeting future water needs. This report provides a replicable methodology to estimate the conservation potential of domestic wells in the Sierra Vista Subwatershed.
A proposed alternative to the water supply project proposed by the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District to protect the Poudre River, wetlands, communities and businesses while meeting future water needs of 15 towns and water districts in northern Colorado.
Fracking Our Future is the first report to provide a comprehensive measure of water and community health impacts from hydraulic fracturing in Colorado.
WRA has produced the definitive guide to oil shale in the West and its potential effects on water, land and air quality, and local economies.
This WRA report examines the adverse effects to Utah’s water, air, energy, communities, and local economies should tar sands and oil shale potentially become sources of transportation fuel.
Using case studies, this report highlights the close ties among energy, drought, and water use in the Intermountain West; clean energy policies that reduced the energy sector’s water use and exposure to drought; and, finally, recommendations for mitigating the impact of future droughts on the West’s energy sector.
In this document, we highlight regulators’ and utilities’ efforts to integrate water into resource planning.
The enormous amounts of water used to generate electricity aren’t being taken into account when utilities make plans to meet future energy generation needs. This report lays out the facts of energy’s water costs and recommends ways to address them.
This report offers a realistic and balanced water supply and conservation strategies to meet the projected needs of the Colorado’s Front Range communities while protecting healthy rivers, economy, and quality of life.
This fact sheet outlines strategies to address energy use in the water sector and highlights some of the Colorado communities that are making the connection today.
A study of the economics behind the proposed Flaming Gorge pipeline, commissioned by WRA, reveals that it would produce the most expensive water ever seen in Colorado.
This report by Western Resource Advocates and Environmental Defense Fund illustrates why legislation is needed to curtail the risk climate change poses to western water supplies and highlights the water-energy nexus. The report provides detailed measures to include in a well-designed national climate and clean energy policy that will safeguard the West’s water.
A thorough analysis of the water conservation activities of 15 communities in Arizona. The report looks at seven criteria to see what measures are effective in implementing community -based water conservation and why.
This groundbreaking report is the first to catalog the extensive holdings of water rights in western Colorado that could be used for oil shale development.
Planning, Building, and Living Water-Smart strategies and model case studies for the arid Intermountain West.
One of three case studies looking at the impact that growing water demands and water-hungry fossil energy production will have on Nevada’s future water supply.