Water keeps Colorado running

 

200%

That’s how much higher Colorado’s snowpack is this year than last.

The deep snow has raised the risk of avalanche.

But it also means Colorado’s parched landscapes and shrinking reservoirs will get a break from a drought that’s pushing 19 years in length.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

1973

When Colorado’s legislature created the Instream Flow Program

The Colorado Water Conservation Board is the only entity legally able to hold instream flow water rights.

Since then more than 9,700 miles of stream have been preserved through the acquisition and appropriation of instream flow water rights. A new market-based approach to acquire water rights from willing owners could help keep more water flowing in Colorado’s rivers.

 

We ensure a better future for Colorado through water education.

UPCOMING Event May 3: President’s Reception


Water Education Colorado invites you to join us for our annual awards dinner and fundraiser as we honor Jennifer Pitt with the Diane Hoppe Leadership Award and Celene Hawkins with the Emerging Leader Award. Enjoy a sit-down dinner and fun-filled evening in celebration of water education and water leadership in Colorado.

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