Water is essential to Colorado’s quality of life and economy, but our ability to maintain those values will be challenged by a growing population, increasing demands for water, and limited supplies of this precious resource. Unless we take action, we face the loss of hundreds of thousands of acres of productive farmland, water shortages for our cities and towns, difficulties responding to drought, wildfires and climate change, and watersheds that are environmentally threatened. But we have a choice. By taking action now, we can ensure a secure water future for our state. Colorado’s Water Plan will provide a path forward for providing Coloradans with the water we need while supporting healthy watersheds and the environment, robust recreation and tourism economies, vibrant and sustainable cities, and viable and productive agriculture.