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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

Colorado's Water Plan
November 2017 marks Colorado’s Water Plan two-year anniversary. Many of the goals and objectives may not be realized for decades to come, but a multitude of actions are well underway. Ripple Effects is a report that showcases many collaborative and innovative efforts from the past two years. The update focuses on the specific actions found throughout Colorado's Water Plan and compiled in Appendix H. Check it out!

The Colorado's Water Plan Implementation Fact Sheet​ contains the progress update on meeting the objectives set forth in the plan.      Go to the Plan...

Colorado's Water Plan Grant Application Available
The Board will select projects, programs and activities to fund from applications that have the best opportunity to make progress on the CWP’s Measurable Objectives or critical actions. The CWCB staff reserves the right to negotiate with successful applicants to modify the scope and budget of their project to better meet the CWP objectives in light of fund availability. CWCB staff will evaluate applications and recommend projects to the CWCB Board for final approval at its regularly scheduled Board meetings. More...

South Platte Storage Study Report Available
The South Platte Storage Study (SPSS) was performed as a result of House Bill 16-1256. This legislation authorized the Colorado Water Conservation Board, in collaboration with the State Engineer and the South Platte Basin and Metro Roundtables, to conduct a study to identify water storage possibilities along the lower South Platte River from Greeley to Julesburg. These storage options include the construction of new reservoirs, the rehabilitation and enlargement of existing reservoirs, and underground storage.

Download the SPSS report here...

The CWCB Confluence Newsletter is Out!
The CWCB has a new e-newsletter which we're sending out after each CWCB Board meeting (every other month). It highlights the work of the CWCB Board and staff, the IBCC, the nine basin roundtables, partner organizations, and local efforts and events involving water across the state. It also has updates on Colorado's Water Plan implementation and important news and information for the Colorado water community. Sign up here, or with the button on the left.
Read the November edition!
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Climate Plan cover Colorado's Climate Plan
Governor Hickenlooper's Executive Order D2017-015 Supporting Colorado’s Clean Energy Transition called for an update to the Colorado Climate Plan and integration of the goals set forth in the executive order. The Department of Natural Resources, in collaboration with other state agencies, has updated the Colorado Climate Plan.  The plan is posted online HERE and will be available for public comment through November 3rd.  Please submit all comments, in writing, to Taryn.Finnessey@state.co.us by 5pm on Friday November 3rd. 

Agricultural Water Protection Water Rights
Per House Bill 16-1228, the CWCB developed Criteria and Guidelines for the establishment of Agricultural Water Protection Programs in Water Division 1 or 2 for the implementation of Agricultural Water Protection Water Rights. The Criteria and Guidelines were approved by the CWCB at the July 2017 board meeting and are available here. The Division of Water Resources is developing Rules Governing the Review of a Substitute Water Supply Plan for the Lease, Loan, or Trade of a Decreed Agricultural Water Protection Water Right.

More information on the rules is available here.
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CWCB Data Viewer now online!
The CWCB Data Viewer is a free, web-based map that provides water feature information and data about CWCB projects in the form of an interactive map of Colorado. Features can be selected and identified, and links are provided to more detailed information where available. This map is supported on all platforms, including mobile! Check it out here.
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Statewide Water Supply InitiativeStatewide Water Supply Initiative
Work is underway to update the Statewide Water Supply Initiative with a focus on data and analysis to serve as the technical foundation for future refinements to the Basin Implementation Plans and Colorado’s Water Plan. The CWCB Project Management Team, Consultant Team, and Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs) are in the process of developing refined methodologies prior to performing the updated analyses.  More information can be found here.


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 CWCB Events

CWCB Board Meeting1/22/2018 9:00 AM
CWCB Instream Flow Workshop1/24/2018 2:00 PM
Water Availability Task Force Meeting2/22/2018 9:30 AM

 IBCC/Roundtable Events

Colorado Roundtable 1/22/2018 12:00 PM
Metro Roundtable 2/8/2018 4:00 PM
Rio Grande Roundtable2/13/2018 2:00 PM
South Platte Roundtable 2/13/2018 4:00 PM
Arkansas Roundtable 2/14/2018 12:30 PM
IBCC Meeting2/20/2018 9:00 AM
Yampa/White Roundtable3/14/2018 6:00 PM
Gunnison Roundtable 3/19/2018 4:00 PM
Southwest Roundtable4/11/2018 3:00 PM

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