The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) released the final Colorado Water Plan on November 19th. Over 30,000 public comments helped to shape the final plan and demonstrated that Coloradans are overwhelmingly supportive of strong conservation and river protection goals. Together, we stood up for our rivers in the Upper Gunnison Basin, urging the CWCB to recognize that healthy rivers will help protect our recreation and outdoor economy, our vital agricultural communities, and the wildlife that depend upon on healthy rivers.
Your comments helped to create a blueprint for Colorado’s elected leaders to collaborate with diverse interests to protect water for future generations. Several key substantive conservation wins made it into the final Plan, including:
- Criteria that make large trans-mountain diversion much less likely
- The first-ever statewide water conservation targets for cities and towns
- Annual funding for river assessments and restoration to protect healthy rivers
We look forward to continuing to work with our local community and with the State of Colorado to increase water conservation and recycling, keep our rivers healthy and flowing, and avoid new large trans-mountain diversions.
Let’s celebrate this positive step towards a more sustainable future!