- About WIP
- Participating Entities
- Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District
- City of Durango Water Commission
- Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority
- Dolores Water Conservancy District
- Florida Water Conservancy District
- La Plata Electric Association
- La Plata Water Conservancy District
- Mancos Conservation District
- Mancos Water Conservancy District
- Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD)
- Pine River Irrigation District
- San Juan Water Conservancy District
- Southwestern Water Conservation District
- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
- Regional Water Projects
- Animas River Stakeholders
- Animas-La Plata Project
- Cloud Seeding Program
- Dolores Project (McPhee Reservoir)
- Dry Gulch Reservoir (Pending)
- Florida Project (Lemon Reservoir)
- Jackson Gulch Reservoir
- Long Hollow Reservoir
- Pine River Project (Vallecito Reservoir)
- Rio Blanco Restoration Project
- River Protection Work Group
- UMETCO (Urivan) Water Rights
- Water Information
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On Colorado’s Western Slope as well as on the Front Range, water is not only a life giving resource… it is a way of life.
Water is an essential ingredient to what makes Colorado special.
The following excerpts were written by Colorado State Senator Gail Schwartz and is reproduced here with her permission:
The recent flooding in northeast Colorado has drawn our attention to the importance of planning for uncertainty, especially when it comes to water. Whether one lives on the West Slope, the Eastern Plains or the Front Range, water is what makes Colorado's productive farms and ranches, our thriving recreational industry, our beautiful environment and our vibrant cities possible.
October 8, 2013--Study assesses stream flow needs for enjoyable whitewater boating (Grand Junction Free Press)
What’s worth more: 50 houses in Lakewood or kayaking on Daisy Creek? That question, or something close to it, was posed on Oct. 7 following a presentation by American Whitewater staffer Chris Menges to the Gunnison Basin Roundtable on the results of a survey of flow needs for whitewater recreation in the Gunnison Basin.
Water is essential to what makes Colorado special. Whether you live on the Western Slope or the Front Range, water shapes our land and our economy; it is what makes Colorado’s productive farms and ranches, our thriving recreational industry, our beautiful environment and our vibrant cities possible. As our state economy grows, our water needs will grow.
On May 14, Governor Hickenlooper signed an executive order directing the development of the first long-term State Water Plan by and for Coloradans. The “gap” between our water supply and demand is of critical concern today and in the future. This planning process will be the foundation of a larger discussion about water needs and allocation.
"The truth is Colorado is facing a water crisis," Gov. John Hickenlooper told attendees at the Colorado Water Congress' summer conference this week at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. The West is growing, he said, and Colorado is among the states with the highest population growth rates, of which the top five are Western states.
Governor Hickenlooper's recent Executive Order requiring the completion of a statewide water plan by the end of 2015 has brought new urgency to longstanding discussions about how to meet the state's future water needs.
Colorado faces the loss of hundreds of thousands of agricultural lands due to a statewide “buy and dry” problem, but water advocates hope that a new statewide water plan will slow those losses to a trickle. Last week, the legislative Interim Water Resources Review Committee met in Gunnison to discuss how that plan is taking shape.