Implementing Colorado’s Water Plan

Rafting on the Arkansas through Browns CanyonColorado has some of the best water in the world. And it’s limited.

Colorado’s population is projected to double by the year 2050. Most of the growth will happen on the Front Range, but most of our water originates on the West Slope. This leads us to a geographic problem that presents planning challenges. Population growth, combined with competing demands, overuse, outdated management plans, and climate change, we are facing a gap between our available water supply and our increasing demand. Unless we learn how to better manage our resources to do more with less, we will face a water crisis.

The state has stepped in to meet this crisis. Colorado’s Water Plan is a document that contains conservation goals, actionable items, and ideas for managing our water problems. Now we are fighting to turn the plan into action and put pressure on our leaders to work proactively to make sure we have enough water for a growing population and healthy rivers.

Over 30,000 people participated in the process for finalizing the water plan, making it one of our state’s largest collaborative efforts ever. The plan reflects Coloradans’ values and priorities and makes important progress by:

  • Setting the first-ever statewide water conservation targets in cities and towns,
  • Proposing annual funding for healthy rivers, creating ongoing unprecedented financial support for river assessments and restoration
  • Making much less likely new, costly and controversial trans-mountain diversions

With a coalition of supporters, we’re working to make sure that the plan is implemented, not filed away. We are asking our state leaders to follow robust and detailed criteria to avoid projects that harm our environment or lack support from local communities. It’s time to hold our leaders accountable for this plan and ensure we keep water as a priority for Colorado.

Pete and Theresa at Colorado Water Plan Release

Visit the website to learn more about the Plan and how you can help!

What does the plan contain?

Click to see the five essential actions that our state leaders should take to implement the plan.

Colorado’s Water Plan is Making a Splash (Blog)

Read up on our summary of the recently published Plan and what needs to happen next.


Water Plan is an Historic Step Forward (Conservation Colorado Press Release)
Colorado’s Leading Conservation Voices Say Water Plan is Historic Step Forward

Colorado Water Plan GraphicPueblo Chieftain: Varied interests sign off on first water plan

E & E PublishingAmbitious Colo. plan focuses on conservation

Thank the Governor and the CWCB for Colorado's Water Plan!

This is a tremendously exciting development and we should all thank our leaders for their action.

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