Change Brings Hope

By the Colorado Water Trust staff In October 2016, The Durango Herald carried a modest story sporting the headline, “Trout Discovered in Creek Long Devoid of Fish.”  In the southwest corner of Colorado, where abandoned mines and contaminated streams have long been a part of the otherwise magnificent mountain landscape, this is encouraging news—especially for a … Continue reading Change Brings Hope

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Collaborative Watershed Management Highlights in the Roaring Fork Basin

By Chelsea Congdon Brundige, Public Counsel of the Rockies In Colorado, everyone from irrigators and municipalities, law-makers and water districts, regulators and conservationists are scrambling to find ways to restore and protect the state’s over-tapped rivers. A top priority of the 2015 Colorado water plan is to balance the needs for water in agriculture, cities … Continue reading Collaborative Watershed Management Highlights in the Roaring Fork Basin

Colorado Water Trust working to marry instream flow protection and ranch production on Little Cimarron River

By Zach Smith When standing on the ranch, you can’t quite see the river. If it’s a good autumn, the snowy peaks of the San Juan Mountains within the Uncompahgre Wilderness Area backstop the narrow valley to the south, and the tops of the turning cottonwoods peek out of a ravine to the west. Just … Continue reading Colorado Water Trust working to marry instream flow protection and ranch production on Little Cimarron River

Rethinking Reservoirs

Around Colorado new collaborations are emerging around water storage and use. From Steamboat Springs to the San Luis Valley, different water interests are working together to increase flow in rivers and streams, benefiting local economies, local water tables and aquatic life. Through our new radio program, Connecting the Drops, produced in partnership with Colorado Community … Continue reading Rethinking Reservoirs

CFWE 2013 President’s Reception

The Colorado Foundation for Water Education's 2013 President's Award Reception is shaping up to be an enticing event. The delicious food and drinks have been ordered, History Colorado is prepping Anschutz Hall, staff and board members are getting excited. It's going to be a great night-- especially if you're there. So what are you waiting … Continue reading CFWE 2013 President’s Reception

Water Lease Could Wet the Yampa River

Yesterday, the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District's Board of Directors reached an agreement, approving a water lease with the Colorado Water Trust and Colorado Water Conservation Board's Instream Flow Program. As a Water Trust/Upper Yampa press release says: CWT is leasing 4,000 acre feet of storage water owned by Upper Yampa in Stagecoach Reservoir, an … Continue reading Water Lease Could Wet the Yampa River

Colorado Water Trust Employs New Tactics in Drought Response

The Colorado Water Trust just kicked off its pilot drought response water leasing program this year. Visit the CWT website or schedule a public informational meeting to learn more about leasing your water rights this summer. Colorado Water Trust seeks willing water users interested in pilot water leasing program Across the state, many Colorado water-users … Continue reading Colorado Water Trust Employs New Tactics in Drought Response