Environmental and recreational water uses are critical to the economy and way of life in the YWG Basin. The YWG BRT recognizes the economic value of the relatively natural flow regimes of the Yampa and White river systems. This BIP addresses how to protect these values, along with the economic values of consumptive water use.

This BIP intends to refine the analysis of non-consumptive needs in the YWG Basin and to examine the CWCB’s new approach for assessing the gaps between non-consumptive needs and the projects and methods to meet these needs. The BIP will also include recommendations for non-consumptive projects by themselves or as components of multipurpose projects. An emphasis on multiple purpose projects is carried throughout the analysis, where applicable.