Water keeps Colorado running





of Colorado’s population relies on groundwater as their residential drinking water source.

Groundwater faces threats and opportunities.

Learn how groundwater is formed, regulated, and used in Colorado.





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.

Colorado has enacted new regulations to monitor these “forever chemicals.”

But some cities, wastewater treatment utilities, and industries are worried about the costs.




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.



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.


Webinar: Innovation in Land Conservation and Water—March 9, 2021

Join Water Education Colorado for a webinar to learn how some land conservation is going beyond the parcel-by-parcel approach to tackle big water challenges in a regional way. We’ll learn how land trusts work with water rights in Colorado and to hear about two visionary projects: Colorado Open Lands’ work on groundwater sustainability in the San Luis Valley and the Palmer Land Conservancy’s work to combat the effects of buy and dry by keeping water on the most productive ag land east of Pueblo along the Bessemer Ditch.  

Learn more and register