The Water Information Program is a public information program sponsored by the water districts, organizations and agencies in the San Juan and Dolores watersheds of Southwestern Colorado. The purpose of the WIP is to provide information to the public and community on water topics and water related issues.

***USBOR WaterSmart Grants Now Available--January 14, 2015 Deadline!***

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is inviting States, Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts and other organizations with water or power delivery to apply for a funding opportunity to cost-share on projects that conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency. The projects should support water sustainability in the west.


***Election 2014: Analysis on Impacts to Important Water Committees‏***

This special report was prepared by the Ferguson Group (TFG), that is the lobbyist for the Family Farm Alliance.  It is a good report on the outcome of the midterm elections and potential impacts to the congressional committees with jurisdiction over federal water policies, infrastructure, and program funding.  The Family Farm Alliance distributed the report to its membership, so if you distribute further, please give credit to the Farm Alliance & TFG.


***2015 Colorado NPS Funding Cycle Begins***

The Colorado Nonpoint Source Program (NPS) is announcing the start of the 2015 Colorado NPS Funding Cycle. Proposal application information, instruction documents, application forms, and deadlines can be found here.


Colorado WaterWise Value of Water Toolkit is Now Available!

Colorado WaterWise Value of Water Toolkit is now available! It has evolved into the new Colorado Water – Live Like You Love It program.

WIP Fall 2014 Newsletter Now Available!

The Fall 2014 Water Information Program newsletter is now available!


EPA Releases “Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Climate Ready Estuaries program has published Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans as a resource for environmental managers and planners.

Two West Slope Water Conservation Districts Jointly Adopt Principles for Addressing Colorado River Drought Conditions

The two Water Conservation Districts that comprise the entire Colorado River basin in Colorado adopted implementation principles concerning how the current, extended drought conditions are addressed on the Colorado River’s storage system.

***Public Input Sought for Colorado Water Plan!***

As an essential resource, water supports the open space provided by the state’s productive ranches and farms, brings us recreational activities such as boating and fishing, is the source of high quality drinking water for our growing towns and cities, and provides life to the beautiful environment that surrounds us. 


Are You in Favor of a National Water Policy?

We are trying to obtain input on whether or not there is support for a National Water Policy. Please provide comments and input, including why or why not. Thank you in advance for your time!


***Help Save the Colorado River: Pledge Now to the Change the Course Campaign!***

The freshwater team at National Geographic believes the principle of motivated individual action can help to restore the flow of the Colorado River.  Together with the Bonneville Environment Foundation and Participant Media, National Geographic has created the “Change the Course” campaign.


2014 Legislative Updates

The following provides legislative updates for the 2014 session. The Board of the Southwestern Water Conservation District provides this as a service to those interested in water related legislation. We hope that you find the updates beneficial.
 
Bruce Whitehead
Executive Director
Southwestern Water Conservation District


Area Reservoir Statistics

The following provides information from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on area reservoir statistics:

October 2014
September 2014


The USGS Wants You as a 'Citizen Scientist'!

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is recruiting what it calls “citizen scientists” to share their observations of natural phenomena that will then be put into usable form. For more information and/or to sign up, visit their website.


Water Jobs

The following provides a listing of water related jobs: 

Extension Regional Water Specialist (Closes 11/13/14)
San Juan Watershed Group Planning and Outreach Coordinator (closes 11/1/14)