The Upper Division States of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, through the Upper Colorado River Commission (UCRC), cordially invite you to join an informational webinar to kickoff the System Conservation Pilot Program (SCPP) for 2024. Application materials for the 2024 SCPP are now available (link above), coincident with the webinar. Please check back often to see frequently updated 2024 SCPP information.
BACKGROUND on SCPP 2024
At a Special Meeting of the Upper Colorado River Commission (UCRC) on September 21st, 2023, the Upper Division States of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, acting through the UCRC, agreed to move forward with a narrowed System Conservation Pilot Program (SCPP) in 2024. The SCPP is operated in partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) to mitigate the impacts of drought in the Upper Colorado River Basin through funding provided by the Inflation Reduction Act. The Commissioners outlined the need for a program in 2024 that focuses on:
- Projects that can help inform remaining questions regarding the feasibility of potential future Demand Management Storage Agreement (DMSA) programs, or
- Projects that support water conservation innovation and local drought resiliency.
The Commissioners requested improvements to the SCPP process for 2024 based on the UCRC staff’s report of “Lessons Learned” from the 2023 process, as well as input from interviews with SCPP 2023 program participants. The Lessons Learned summary, including recommended improvements along with input from program participants, can be found at the top of this page.
As noted above, the UCRC intends to begin the 2024 SCPP application process on October 27th, 2023. The UCRC will host an informational public webinar on that day to introduce the SCPP and the 2024 application and review process. The 2024 SCPP application materials will be posted here, concurrent with the webinar. The kickoff webinar will include participation by UCRC staff, Bureau of Reclamation staff, Upper Division State staff, and the UCRC consultant supporting the 2024 effort. Details regarding the application process, 2024 SCPP process and timeline, schedule for follow-up meetings, and the submittal and review process will be provided during that presentation.