Water keeps Colorado running

 

 

 

 

1%

That’s how many public water systems in the U.S. are dealing with contamination by PFAS, dangerous chemicals found in such common items as Scotchguard and Teflon.

Top EPA officials have said the process to begin setting enforceable limits on these contaminants will begin by year-end.

Critics maintain the EPA is not moving fast enough and is not setting limits at low enough levels to protect the public.

 

 

 

 

86%

of Colorado’s water is used for agriculture. But up to 33% of irrigated farms could dry up.

Water controls our food supply.

Farmers need suitable water sources to irrigate their farms. But growing cities are looking for water, too. By 2050, Colorado could lose 500,000-700,00 acres of currently irrigated farmland to meet the demands of municipal growth.

18

states and the Republic of Mexico share rivers that begin in Colorado.

9 interstate compacts determine how that water is shared.

Learn how state administrators work with water users to meet the terms of these legal agreements.

80%

of Coloradans drink water that flows out of national forest land – and forest fires threaten that water.

Forest, fire and water are inextricably linked.

Ash, nutrients and sediment pollute water after fires. Wildfires are a reality for those living in the West, but the impact on the landscape lingers long after the smoke is gone.

We ensure a better future for Colorado through water education.

UPCOMING EVENT

Annual Water Educator Symposium: Equipping learners for action in a climate of uncertainty, March 24


Water educators consistently face questions from learners about Colorado’s water future and regularly need to put their educational activities in context despite underlying uncertainties. An issue such as climate change can increase the anxiety of all learners, particularly children. If we are educating in part for action, how can we better understand the relationship between uncertainty, anxiety and action? What responsibility do educators have for addressing the socio-emotional needs of learners? What tools exist to tackle this?

Join us in Keystone for a robust discussion of these challenging issues as well as examples of educators who are tackling the issues head on.

Learn more about all Water Educator Network events here