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 Webinar June 20: Climate Change and Mitigation in Colorado Water


Colorado’s warming future brings with it projected impacts to water supplies with possible changes in precipitation, retimed runoff flows, more extreme precipitation and drought events, water quality impacts and more. Water providers and users are taking measures to adapt—but is the water sector doing enough to curb the effects of climate change? Through this webinar, we’ll explore the projections for Colorado’s water future, state-level policy initiatives that aim to mitigate climate change, and we’ll hear about inspiring mitigation work from water providers and wastewater operators.

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