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.

This week in Denver, top EPA officials said the process to begin setting enforceable limits on these contaminants will begin by year-end.

But critics maintain that 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

Pedaling the Poudre™
Urban Water Cycle Tour


Colorado’s waterways play an important role in our communities. They provide ecosystem benefits, habitat areas for fish and wildlife, and water for recreation, agriculture, industry and personal use. Join the Poudre Heritage Alliance, Water Education Colorado, the Coalition for the Poudre River Watershed, City of Fort Collins Utilities, and Bike Fort Collins on September 20 or September 21 to learn about the various uses and benefits of the Cache la Poudre River. Explore this waterway by bicycle along with citizen leaders, volunteers, scientists, planners and water managers.

Register here