The Colorado Water Conservation Board's mission is to conserve, develop, protect and manage Colorado's water for present and future generations.
The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) represents each major water basin in the state, the Denver Metro Area, and other state agencies in our joint effort to use water wisely and protect our water for future generations.
The CWCB was created over 80 years ago and today it remains Colorado's most comprehensive water information resource. The agency works on a broad range of programs and provides technical and financial assistance to support the Colorado Water Plan.
Governed by a 15-member Board, the CWCB's responsibilities include protecting Colorado's streams and lakes, flood mitigation, watershed protection, stream restoration, drought planning, water supply planning, and water project financing. The CWCB also works to protect the state's water apportionments in collaboration with other western states and federal agencies.
Each CWCB program is directed by the agency's Strategic Framework, as well as through Statutory Authorities and Responsibilities. Reviewed annually by the Board, the Strategic Plan also contains a Board Member Work Plan, which guides the Board's actions and helps implement the authorities and objectives of the CWCB.
Funding and Budget
The CWCB is almost fully self-funded. The majority of the funding appropriations for the CWCB comes from the CWCB Construction Fund (referred to as "Cash Funds").