Welcome to SWCD
The Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD) was created by the State of Colorado to protect, conserve, use and develop the water resources of the Southwestern basin for the welfare of the District, and to safeguard for Colorado all waters of the basin to which the state is entitled. It is one of four Conservation Districts in the state. Read More About Us Here!
Registration Open: Annual Water Seminar on Friday, April 1
No, it’s not an April Fools joke! Mark your calendar for SWCD’s Annual Water Seminar on Friday, April 1 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Durango. This year’s theme will be 75 Years of SWCD. Celebrate our 75th anniversary with us. To register online or download the mail-in form, please click here.
2016 Legislative Session
The 2016 Legislative Session convened on Wednesday, January 13. Look for updates provided by SWCD on water-related legislation here. If you would like to be added to our e-mail list, please write to email@example.com. To review past updates, click here.
What is the Colorado Water Plan?
The final water plan is now available for download! In May 2013, Governor Hickenlooper issued an Executive Order directing the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to develop Colorado’s Water Plan. Based on eight years of dialogue among local water leaders around the state (members of the Basin Roundtables), the plan is designed to address statewide concerns about growing demands for our water supply, while still upholding Colorado values. Click here to download a quick fact sheet on the plan and next steps.
Colorado’s Water Plan: the Southwest Perspective
Southwest Colorado has a somewhat unique water situation, with the presence of two sovereign nations (the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe) and Colorado River interstate compact deliveries to New Mexico.
In cooperation with the Southwest Basins Roundtable, SWCD produced a document of guiding principles to use in development of the state water plan: Southwest Colorado Statement of Importance. See also a fact sheet on just the Southwest Colorado portion of the plan.
20th Annual Children’s Water Festival A Success!
More than 700 fifth graders attended this year’s Children’s Water Festival, an educational day sponsored by SWCD. The event–made possible by more than 70 volunteers–was held at Ft. Lewis College on May 6. Click here to see photos!
SWCD Board Meetings
All meetings are open to the public. Regular Board of Director Meetings are in February, April, June, August, October, and December. In addition to regular board meetings, the Board meets via teleconference every other week during the Colorado Legislative Year (mid January – mid May) to review water-related legislation. For the meeting schedule, click here.
Southwestern Water Conservation District actively supports water-related projects and programs throughout the District’s nine counties. Ongoing support is given to organizations whose work greatly impacts our water resources. For information on our programs and funding opportunities, please click here.
Looking for information on local and state water resources? Visit our Resource section for useful links.