November 22nd, 2015

Water Resources in the Four Corners Region

A number of natural resources are required for uses in agriculture, residential, business and industry. Among these resources that are needed by communities are electricity, land, water, sewer services and natural gas. In the Four Corners region, water resource management is critical for agriculture, business, industry and communities.

Law of the River

The Colorado River Basin covers seven states and parts of Mexico, a drainage area of over 244,000 square miles. Precipitation ranges from 30 to 45 inches in mountainous headwaters areas to less than five inches in desert areas. The historic flows of the Colorado River havevaried considerably, both seasonally throughout the year and in dry as opposed to wet periods.

Ditches & Diversions

Irrigation DitchPeople need to be aware of their rights and responsibilities in order to avoid the conflicts which commonly erupt between neighbors over the fair sharing of a scarce supply of water.

Colorado Water Rights

Understanding Water Rights:

The laws defining water rights and the institutions involved in water resources allocation represent the framework for managing water resources in the United States. Water rights and water allocation programs in the US have largely been the provinces of the states. At this time, there is no national water rights system.

Water Facts


  • Three-quarters of the Earth's surface is covered with water, yet 98 percent is salt water and not fit for consumption.
  • Less than one percent of all the water on Earth is freshwater available for human consumption.



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Kid's Corner

Howdy Kids!! Are you looking for information about water? You've come to the right place. Listed below are many links to great sites which provide information, games, project ideas, images and more.