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Platoro Resrvoir, Photo by Richard Stenzel
Platoro Resrvoir, Photo by Richard Stenzel

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

We utilize GIS for the presentation of spatial information in high quality maps and graphics.  In addition, we use GIS to perform water rights analysis for our clients using the capability to consider both spatial and tabular data such as the location of, points of diversions, dry-up points and exchange reaches.

Specific Project Experience:

Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District

We assisted the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District with an evaluation of the impacts to the transmountain diversions from the Colorado River basin in to the Arkansas River basin.  Our services included the development of a straight-line diagram of the lower Arkansas River water rights and relative priorities using GIS.  We also completed a water supply evaluation for a study of the Arkansas Valley Conduit (AVC), which would include a pipeline from Pueblo Reservoir to the Arkansas River Valley involving over 40 water providers on the eastern plains. Currently we are working on providing a geospatial database to ease the viewing of the diversion data for Division 2 ditches of interest.

Metro Districts and other Clients

We incorporate GIS in almost all of our projects, but for several clients, we have completed detailed mapping of the irrigated areas associated with specific water rights to determine a potential water demand for the acreage. In some cases, we have used this information for planning or scheduling purposes to assist operations.   We also determine irrigated areas from historical photos as part of our historical consumptive use calculations.  Additionally, we have delineated drainage basin areas and used this information in determining potential water availability.