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. Or watch a short video.

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.

For more information about the water plan and the Southwest Basin Roundtable, click here.