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In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is doing its part through social distancing in the workplace. As of April 1, most of DNR's employees will work from home and its main office buildings will be closed to the public. However, the DNR and its agencies will remain open for business through phone or email to serve the people of Colorado. Please be patient and flexible during this unprecedented circumstance, and know that we will respond to customers as soon as possible. Click here for COVID-19 updates.   

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the state’s budget. As a result, several grant programs managed by the Colorado Water Conservation Board have been impacted.

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Featured Projects

Upcoming Board Meeting:
March 10 - 11

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Alternative Transfer Method Pilot: Upper Colorado Conservation Project 

On the Western Slope, there is growing interest in the use of alternative transfer methods (ATMs) and other voluntary, temporary, and compensated approaches for enhancing environmental and recreational flows and providing temporary municipal supplies in times of shortage.
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Wildfire Impact Emergency Loan to Support Watersheds Following Grizzly Creek Fire

The Colorado Water Conservation Board authorized the first 2020 Wildfire Impact Emergency loan to the City of Glenwood Springs in response to the Grizzly Creek Fire.

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Demand Management

Colorado is currently investigating the feasibility of a potential Upper Basin Demand Management Program.

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Latest News

Demand Management Concepts Floated, Colorado Moves Forward with Investigation

During the Colorado Water Conservation Board Meeting on January 25, an update on the current and ongoing Demand Management Feasibility Investigation was presented, including reiteration of the state’s guiding principles and the first steps of potential framework concepts for what a program could look like.

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Seven Colorado River Basin States Initiate Collaboration on Operational Guidelines

Colorado joined Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming to begin preliminary discussions regarding the upcoming negotiations of the Colorado River Basin operational guidelines

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Instream Flow Rules Revisions to Implement House Bill 20-1157

The rulemaking hearing was held on January 26, 2021. 

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Governor Polis Activates Next Phase of Colorado Drought Plan, Prepares for Continued Severe Conditions into 2021

As severe drought conditions have persisted across 100% of Colorado for over 15 weeks, Governor Jared Polis directed a shift from Phase 2 to Phase 3 (full activation) of the State Drought Mitigation and Response Plan.

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