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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Colorado Water Plan
This plan is a roadmap that leads to a productive economy, vibrant and sustainable cities, productive agriculture, a strong environment, and a robust recreation industry.
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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
November 18-19, 2020

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Rio Grande Dam & Reservoir Rehabilitation Project 

An example of a basin-wide and regionally beneficial project that aligns with Colorado’s Water Plan goals.
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Big Grizzly Creek Ditch
Big Grizzly Creek Diversion and Headgate Installation

Owl Mountain Partnership recently completed Phases 1 and 2 of the Big Grizzly Ditch in the North Platte Basin...

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Demand Management

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

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Latest News

State Ag and Natural Resources Departments Seek Public Feedback on 2020 Drought Experiences

Colorado Departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources invite all who are experiencing the impacts of drought, particularly in agriculture, to submit their drought-related stories online through a dedicated “Drought Virtual Tour” website...

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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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CWCB Appropriates Himes Creek Water Right to Protect Rediscovered Cutthroat Trout Population

The Colorado Water Conservation Board received a water court decree for an instream flow water right on Himes Creek, located in San Juan National Forest, to protect a rare population of Colorado River cutthroat trout...

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