Instream Flows

Federal Land Management Plan?

Many water managers in the state, including those in southwest Colorado, are concerned about recent actions taken by federal agencies regarding historical water use, permitting, and planning activities involving federal lands that could impact existing and future water rights in Colorado.

May 4, 2013--Upper Colorado gets some instream flow rights (Summit Voice)

Battered by drought and drained to a trickle by diversions, the Upper Colorado River got a bit of a boost as a state water court finalized a decree for three important instream flow rights that could help protect trout populations during low-flows.


August 16, 2012--Short-term water lease to boost Colorado River flows (Summit Voice)

Even after wet winters, the Upper Colorado River can run perilously low in late summer and fall due to numerous diversions, and in this drought year, high demand threatens the state’s namesake river even more. But thanks to a deal brokered by the Colorado Water Trust and sanctioned by the State Engineer’s Office, the Colorado will get a measure of relief.

August 13, 2012--What's the protection for the environment in our drought? (Summit Daily)

Managing our demand for water by implementing water conservation measures reduces the stress on the aquatic environment found in the streams and reservoirs that are the source of most of our local water supplies. As the stream flows diminish in a drought, water temperature goes up and habitat and refuge for fish and aquatic invertebrates goes down.


May 16, 2012--Water loans might aid some Colorado rivers (Aspen Times)

The Colorado Water Trust has received 16 formal offers from water-rights holders to participate in a pilot program aimed at boosting streamflows in rivers across the state this summer. The upper Roaring Fork River, which was reduced to a trickle in Aspen during the drought summer of 2002, inspired changes in Colorado water law that make the Request for Water 2012 program possible.


May 11, 2012--County gains ally in water fight (Montrose Daily Press)

Montrose County has reduced by one the list of objectors to its water rights claim on the San Miguel River. County commissioners on Monday signed off on an intergovernmental agreement with the Norwood Water Commission.

November 7, 2011--MVIC water lease: What are the issues? (Cortez Journal)

Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company’s board of directors got a loud message from their stockholders last May: “we do not want to lease water to maintain instream flows.” Now the board is seeking to understand stockholder concerns. The company, which supplies water to a large ar


February 11, 2010--State delays instream flow appropriation on San Miguel River (Telluride Watch)

At its first meeting this year, the Colorado Water Conservation Board voted to delay the appropriation of an instream flow water right on the lower San Miguel River until January 2011, in order to allow time to develop off-stem water storage in the watershed.


October 18, 2009--Trust works to protect streams, lakes (Pueblo Chieftain)

In this state, only the Colorado Water Conservation Board can own a water right specifically to keep streams flowing and lakes full. Since 2001, the CWCB has been getting help securing those rights from the Colorado Water Trust.


June 5, 2009--Groups praise new Colorado law to protect vulnerable rivers, streams (Denver Post)

Environmental Defense Fund called legislation signed into law today by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to protect Colorado's vulnerable rivers and streams ‘a national model for protecting the iconic and vuln

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