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Record Demand for CWCB Water Plan Grant Funding

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) approved 52 Water Plan Grant applications today, which will distribute $17.4 million to fund critical projects to manage and conserve water, improve agriculture, spark collaborative partnerships, and much more.

Colorado Water Conservation Board Welcomes New Representatives

Colorado Department of Natural Resources and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (Board) applauded the confirmation in the Colorado legislature of Colorado Water Conservation Board members recently appointed by Governor Polis. Returning representative John McClow from the Gunnison Basin and new representative Brad Wind from the South Platte Basin—will be joining the Board, and Barbara Vasquez from the North Platte Basin will be reappointed.

2024 Climate Change in Colorado Report Predicts a Warmer, Drier Future

The third edition of the Climate Change in Colorado report published on Jan. 8, 2024. Created by researchers at the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University, the new multi-chapter report combines and synthesizes relevant climate science information to help inform future management and planning of the state’s water resources.

2023 Drought Summit Called For Innovation, Collaboration, Resilience

This spring, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) brought together over 200 water leaders from across Colorado to participate in a statewide drought summit. Experts from all sectors joined forces to have conversations around drought resilience and adaptive strategies for surviving deep drought across the West. 

Ris Named New Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board

August 22, 2023 - The Colorado Department of Natural Resources and the Colorado Water Conservation Board announced that Lauren Ris has been selected as the next Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. 

Lauren Ris, who has held the position of Deputy Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) since 2017. She is a water policy expert who is passionate about solution-focused water resilience in the state. 



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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