Do You Know Your Water, Colorado?

A Cheat Sheet for Understanding Where Your Water Comes From and How You Can Protect this State’s Most Valuable — and Threatened Resource

Colorado River Basics

Colorado’s rivers provide so much to each of us, but do we really know enough about them?

Map of Colorado and Its Rivers (not drawn to scale)

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How Water Rights Work

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A Finite Resource With Infinite Challenges

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A New Plan for Colorado’s Water Future

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How Rivers Get Moved

How Water Moves from the Western Slope to the Front Range, Diverting Water Out of Rivers and Into an Infrastructure System to Taps on the Front Range

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From the River to Your Tap

The Front Range’s Five Major Water Utilities Deliver a Portion of Their Water from the Western Slope, Diverting, On Average, 500 Thousand Acre Feet of Water Every Year.

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Wastewater: A Water-Wise Tool for Colorado’s Future

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Planning for Our Water Future, Together

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