The 5th Anniversary
In 2020, the state is celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Colorado Water Plan. To learn more about the Plan's progress & accomplishments over the last five years, check out the Fact Sheet.
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Colorado Water Conservation Board
The Colorado Water Conservation Board mission is to conserve, develop, protect and manage Colorado’s water for present and future generations.
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Water Project Loan Program
CWCB provides low-interest loans for the design and construction of agricultural, municipal and hydro projects that align with goals from the Colorado Water Plan.
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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

Next Board Meeting
January 25-26, 2021

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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

Colorado Water Conservation Board Approves New Steps in Demand Management Investigation

During the November 18 Board Meeting, the second work plan for continuing the state’s Demand Management Feasibility Investigation was approved.

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Commissioner to Review Colorado River Guidelines, Protect State’s Water Users

The State of Colorado is currently reviewing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Draft Report, “Review of the Colorado River Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages  and Coordinated Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead,” released October 23...

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Instream Flow Rules Revisions to Implement House Bill 20-1157

The Colorado Water Conservation Board has filed a Notice of Public Rulemaking Hearing and proposed revisions to the Instream Flow Rules with the Colorado Secretary of State, which will be published in the Colorado Register on October 25. The hearing will be held on January 26, 2021. The revisions to the ISF Rules will: (1) address the rulemaking requirements of HB20-1157; (2) update a reference to the CWCB's website; and (3) update references to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.  

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