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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. 

$2.5 Million in Federal Funding Will Expand Stakeholders’ Capacity for Water Plan Projects

June 8, 2023 (Denver, CO) - This week, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) announced a new grant opportunity totaling $2.5 million in federal funds. The Technical Assistance Grant Program will support small agencies, farmers, and communities by providing them with critical expert assistance to develop federal grant applications for water projects with the intent of  leveraging the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and other federal funding for project completion. 

Interactive Colorado Water Supply Tool Illuminates Statewide Water Needs Through 2050

DENVER, CO – With more frequent, severe drought, many are looking for better ways to address water supply and storage as climate change alters life in Colorado and the West. The newly released Colorado Water Plan provides a framework for helping Colorado meet its water challenges through water conservation and collaborative action around water development.

Colorado River States Submit a Consensus-Based Modeling Alternative to Bureau of Reclamation

Six states reach consensus on criteria for environmental review to help protect lakes Powell and Mead


January 30, 2023 – States sharing the Colorado River submitted a letter to the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) that outlines a Consensus-Based Modeling Alternative for Reclamation to evaluate and incorporate into its development of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) to revise current Operating Guidelines (’07 Guidelines) for Glen Canyon Dam at Lake Powell and Hoover Dam at Lake Mead.



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