Water Conservation

Our water conservation program is designed to maintain the integrity of the Ogallala Aquifer.

We work with residents, business owners, school officials, teachers and the public at large to educate them about the need to conserve our nation's most precious natural resource - Water.
Republican River Water Conservation District

The Republican River Water Conservation District is an independent entity that is entirely self-governed. The Colorado State Legislature created the District in 2004 to assure local involvement in the State’s efforts to comply with the Republican River Compact between Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska. Click on the picture to visit their website and learn more about the Compact and the District.

The Ogallala Aquifer, also known as the High Plains Aquifer, is a vast yet shallow underground water table aquifer located beneath the Great Plains in the United States. One of the world's largest aquifers, it covers an area of approximately 174,000 mi² (450,000 km²) in portions of the eight states of South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. It was named in 1898 by N.H. Darton from its type locality near the town of Ogallala, Nebraska.

About 27 percent of the irrigated land in the United States overlies this aquifer system, which yields about 30 percent of the nation's ground water used for irrigation. In addition, the aquifer system provides drinking water to 82 percent of the people who live within the aquifer boundary. Read more here.     

Wise Water Use

For most of the western United States outside watering accounts for more than 50% of residential use. Information on how to use water wisely and for water wise plant selections please visit http://coloradowaterwise.org/.