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Colorado's public lands are faced with new challenges but water and land management depend on working together. Read about the relationship between water and land in Colorado and how Coloradans are converging to restore Colorado's public lands in the Spring 2018 issue of Headwaters magazine.

Browse articles and find a flipbook of the magazine here.

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In this issue of Headwaters, Water Education Colorado explores water administration in Colorado. In a water-scarce environment, enforcing the law of "first in time, first in right" can get sticky. The men (and women!) who allocate Colorado's most precious resource work long days to make sure it gets done properly, dealing with changing technology, angry water rights owners and environmental protection along the way. Read featured articles below, or view the magazine online here.


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Water's Top Cop: Policing scarcity from the State Engineer's Office

By Allen Best

If water were eternally abundant in Colorado, no dams would be needed for storage, their structural safety in annual need of inspection. Anyone could drill a well because, well, why not? Monitoring the allocation of streams, rivers and ditches would be unnecessary. Interstate water compacts—what are those?

Read more: Water's Top Cop: Policing scarcity from the State Engineer's Office

The Yampa's First Lady

By Jerd Smith

Erin Light oversees the remote, lush Yampa River Basin, one of the last places in the American West where almost anyone can take water without a water right. Because of increasing use, however, the river is slowly being integrated into the state's regulatory system, and Light, the first and only female division engineer in the state, is charged with bringing the wild-charging Yampa in line.

Read more: The Yampa's First Lady

All in a Day's Work: Water commissioners

Story by Jerd Smith | Photos by Kevin Moloney

Early on a bright April morning winter still sits lightly on Silverthorne, Colorado. A white jacket of snow covers the Continental Divide and solid ice blankets Lake Dillon, Denver Water's largest water storage reservoir. Beneath the stillness of the ice, water, as always, is moving into the mouth of the Roberts Tunnel, destined to travel 60-some miles down the east side of the Front Range to 1.2 million Denver Water customers.

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