The Southwestern Water Conservation District actively supports water related projects and programs throughout the District’s nine counties. Specifically funding goes to projects that significantly impact water management and development, support data collection, and enhance water education in the region, as described below.

Over its 80 year history, SWCD has held conditional water rights across the nine river basins in southwestern Colorado to assist in the protection, use and development of water within the state. For the public benefit, SWCD currently holds conditional water rights on the Animas River: the SWCD/La Plata County depletion water right (to apply for their use, please see our webpage), the SWCD “Project” Water Rights, the La Plata Exchange Plan and the San Juan County Water Rights.

Water Management and Development

Data Collection

Water Education

Ongoing Organizational Support and Memberships