About Us

Our Mission

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 and other state agencies in a joint effort to use water wisely and protect Colorado's water for future generations.

The CWCB was created 85 years ago in 1937 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, 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.

Funding and Budget

The CWCB is almost fully self-funded (see FY 2023-2024 budget) and offers a variety of funding opportunities for eligible entities in Colorado. The majority of the funding appropriations for the CWCB comes from the CWCB Construction Fund (referred to as "Cash Funds").