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The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) represents each major water basin, Denver and other state agencies in our joint effort to use water wisely and protect our water for future generations. 

Colorado's Water Plan Draft Presented to Governor

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 —  Gov. John Hickenlooper presented the first draft of Colorado’s Water Plan, praising the work of hundreds of participants across the state for their role in building a collaborative approach for navigating Colorado’s water challenges.

“The collaborative and comprehensive nature of this plan marks a new way to conduct our water business, said Hickenlooper. “We owe a great debt to the hundreds of volunteers who’ve dedicated enormous amounts of their time and energy to this process, and to the thousands from every corner of the state who provided their thoughtful comments to our basin roundtables and the Colorado Water Conservation Board.”

Read the full press release here.

Governor Receives Water Plan
Governor Hickenlooper holds a draft of Colorado's Water Plan.
Photo by Lindsay Cox

Road Damaged by Flooding Flood Hydrology Reports Available
CWCB, in partnership with CDOT, has undertaken an extensive hydrology study for major watersheds impacted by the September 2013 flood.  The study goals included flood hydrology updates for these watersheds using current rainfall-runoff modeling techniques and modern rainfall data. The hydrology models use detailed information from the 2013 flood to calibrate results. The new study results can be used to update floodplain maps throughout the flood-affected area. To access these studies please see "Post Flood Reports" on the right side of the 2013 Flood Response page.

Climage Change Report CWCB Releases New Report that Highlights How Climate Change May Affect Water in Colorado
This report is a synthesis of climate science relevant for management and planning for Colorado’s water resources. It focuses on observed climate trends, climate modeling, and projections of temperature, precipitation, snowpack, and streamflow. The report utilizes a mid-21st century time frame that can be used in the development of adaptation strategies by the State of Colorado and other water entities. More...

    New Proposal for the Fallowing-Leasing Program

    Information regarding the Catlin Pilot Project proposal can be found here.

    Following CWCB approval (selection) of the pilot proposal at its September meeting in Glenwood Springs, a full application was submitted by the sponsors. The 75-day public comment period is now active. Please send all comments via email to Tom Browning. Be advised that all comments will be included in the public record.

    Chatfield ReservoirChatfield Reservoir Reallocation Project 
    The CWCB is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a coalition of local interests to reallocate existing storage space in the reservoir for joint-use water supply purposes. Read more...
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     CWCB Events

    Water Availability Task Force Meeting1/20/2015 1:00 PM
    CWCB Board Meeting1/26/2015 8:30 AM
    Severance Tax Applications Due1/31/2015 8:00 AM

     IBCC/Roundtable Events

    Rio Grande Roundtable1/13/2015 2:00 PM
    South Platte Roundtable1/13/2015 4:00 PM
    Arkansas Roundtable 1/14/2015 12:30 PM
    Southwest Roundtable1/14/2015 3:00 PM
    Metro Roundtable 1/14/2015 4:00 PM
    Yampa/White Roundtable1/14/2015 6:00 PM
    IBCC Meeting1/28/2015 12:30 PM

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