Implementation

Colorado's Water Plan was approved by the CWCB Board and delivered to Governor Hickenlooper in November of 2015. To get to that moment, it took thirty months of drafting, eight Basin Implementation Plans, three draft water plans, 30,000 public comments, and many years of discussion among hundreds of groups and stakeholders. The plan was created through a collaborative, grassroots approach that our state has been dedicated to for over a decade. Colorado's Water Plan is built on our shared values: a thriving economy, vibrant and sustainable cities, productive agriculture, a strong environment, and a robust recreation industry.

Colorado's Water Plan is a roadmap for our state's water future and sets out the objectives, goals, and actions that we need to acheive to meet our projected water needs in a balanced manner. To achieve these goals, it will take action at the state, local, and individual level. All Coloradans have a responsibility to be part of implementing this plan because we all have a role to play to ensure the state’s most valuable resource is protected and available for genera­tions to come. Coloradans have been hard at work implementing the plan since its release. And, they will continue to do so for many years to come to ensure our state finds solutions and strategies that balance our diverse water needs and move the state forward together.

Colorado's Water Plan Implementation Update fact sheets highlight this progress and are updated every other month prior to the CWCB Board meeting.

NEW! Implementing Colorado's Water Plan Story Map

In two months, Colorado will reach an important milestone: the two-year "birthday" of Colorado's Water Plan. Some birthdays may seem more important than others, but each offers a chance to celebrate, reflect, focus, and look forward to the years to come.

Coloradans from every corner, every crest, and every valley of our state have been working hard – collaborating, partnering, and persevering to implement Colorado's Water Plan for nearly two years. This journey started many years ago, far before Governor Hickenlooper issued an executive order in May of 2013 calling for a strategic plan for our state's water resources. However, it was at that time that Coloradans were re-energized to rise up to the challenge in a new way. It was time to put many years of conversations, plans, and ideas into words – words that would catalyze action and unite our collective efforts toward a better future for not only Colorado, but the entire western region. 

The CWCB is honored to help lead this effort as a facilitator, advocate, and administrator. We at the CWCB want to take the next two months - to work with all of you - to both celebrate how far we’ve come and to measure how far we have to go to achieve the measurable objectives and goals set out in Colorado's Water Plan.

We all have a responsibility to periodically pause for reflection, assessment, and reorientation on our journey toward those goals. The collective “we” - as communities, organizations, and individuals - owe it to ourselves, and to the future of this great state, to acknowledge how far we’ve come. When we reflect on our successes and challenges, we engage the power of adaptive management. We learn where we need to refocus, prioritize, and mobilize to get where we need to be.

The CWCB needs your help to do this! We are sharing our story with you and we ask that you share yours with us. What have you been doing to implement Colorado's Water Plan? Let us know!

View the Implementing Colorado's Water Plan Story Map