As you may have already heard, Governor Hickenlooper and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) are in the middle of creating the first-ever Colorado Water Plan (CWP). The goal of putting together the CWP is to take a proactive approach to determining how to bridge the gap between our water supplies and increasing water use. The final plan will help guide decision-makers in the future as they make tough calls about how to meet our state’s growing water demands while protecting our existing water uses.

HCCA is doing everything we can to ensure that healthy headwaters are prioritized in this planning process. Over the past few months we have collected hundreds of comments from Gunnison Basin citizens encouraging the CWCB and Governor Hickenlooper to strengthen environmental principles in the final CWP. These comments encourage strong water conservation principles, ask for the protection of instream flows, request funding for environmental needs, and urge our policymakers to take a stance against transmountain diversions.

The CWCB is accepting public comments on the draft CWP until May 1st. We want our Western Slope voices to be heard! If you have not yet had an opportunity to weigh in, please add your voice to the mix by commenting.

Dear Supporter –

Please consider signing HCCA’s comment letter to Governor Hickenlooper on the importance of protecting instream flows in the Colorado Water Plan.

Currently, Colorado is going through a process of establishing its first-ever statewide water plan. This Colorado Water Plan has the potential to protect free flowing rivers, riparian ecosystems, river recreation, and our Western Slope way of life. But, we must make ourselves heard!

There are two ways to sign on to our comment letter:

1) Go here, and sign-on through your Facebook account.

2) Attend a HCCA event or visit our office at 404 4th St. #8 (behind Mountain Earth), and fill out a physical comment card (We’ll mail it for you!).

For more information on how High Country Conservation Advocates is working to protect Western Slope water and instream flows, please visit:

And for more information on the Colorado Water Plan Process, visit:


Julie Nania

Water Program Director

970.349.7104 Ext. #3