The Interbasin Compact Committee (IBCC) and the nine Basin Roundtables (RTs) were established in 2005 via HB 05-1177, also known as the “Colorado Water For The 21st Century Act.” RTs are housed within each of eight geographical river basins in Colorado, plus an additional basin that houses the Denver Metropolitan area (see Figure 1 below).
Colorado’s Basin Roundtables (BRTs) are responsible for overseeing and facilitating discussion on water management issues and encouraging locally driven collaborative solutions. BRTs are local public bodies with open meetings. Each BRT consists of members from the basin’s counties, municipalities, and conservation districts. The BRT will also appoint additional members representing various sector interests. For an overview of BRT members, click here.
In 2015, each BRT created and published a Basin Implementation Plan (BIP) which establishes bylaws, operating procedures, goals, and objectives to govern the actions and decisions of the applicable roundtable. BIPs demonstrate the state’s emphasis on “bottom-up” or grassroots planning for resource allocation and continued management. Collaboration among state and local entities is crucial to effectively managing the precious resource in such an arid climate. Click here to access an interactive map to learn more about each Roundtable and Basin Implementation Plan.
Interbasin Compact Committee
In addition to the CWCB, Colorado has another statewide organization that convenes to make intrastate decisions on water — the Interbasin Compact Committee (IBCC). The IBCC is a 27-member committee made up of:
- Two members appointed by each of the nine basin roundtables;
- Six members appointed by the Governor, who come from “geographically diverse parts of the state” and have expertise in environmental, recreational, local governmental, industrial and agricultural matters;
- One member appointed by the chairperson of the Senate Ag. Committee;
- One member appointed by the chairperson of the House Ag. Committee; and
- The Director of Compact Negotiations appointed by the Governor, who chairs the IBCC.
The IBCC’s intent is to provide a balanced forum for policy input across Colorado and shape planning initiatives through a focused discourse on the major policy challenges within and across the nine basin roundtables. Click here to view the chart listing current IBCC members.