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Alt. Water Transfers

Cover HW Fall 2017

Water sharing and banking, coined "alternative transfer methods" or ATMs, could provide flexibility for stretched water supplies —but not without marked challenges. Read the Fall 2017 issue of Headwaters magazine and explore options to:

  • keep water in farming
  • help municipalities plan ahead
  • share between ag and environmental uses
  • bank water on the Colorado River

Browse articles and find a flipbook of the magazine here.

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Water Education Colorado

Currents--Letter from the Director

As I write this column, I am unwinding from two days spent touring the lower South Platte River with a host of legislators, water managers, engineers and farmers. You will hear more of our tour in the October edition of Headwaters, but the time spent discussing the challenges of meeting demands in an era of transition, and of joining forces to ensure we all prosper, is fresh on my mind.

As the map on the opposite pages illustrates, the South Platte River below Denver is not a region famous for, nor dominated by, public lands. So why bring attention to it in an edition meant to feature our public lands? Because those lands shown in green, blue, orange and yellow on the map are critical to producing and protecting the water supplies upon which all Front Range communities, and yes, even the farms and ranches in eastern Colorado, depend.

The stories in this issue of Headwaters and the stories told on the tour have another common thread. Whether it is cleaning up toxic mine drainage, ensuring that our drinking water supplies are safe from the ill effects of wildfire, or finding the smartest way to provide new water supplies to areas of growth, the lesson is the same. We must seek out creative partnerships to truly accomplish our goals

This sentiment also holds true for the management of an organization. It has been a little more than six months since I joined the Foundation, and the array of challenges and opportunities I've experienced could never be summarized here. But what makes it all come together, and what the Foundation is truly dependent upon, is the support of our members.

So take a moment to review the list of Foundation supporters on the preceding page, and remember to thank them for their contributions. Their generosity allows all of us to better understand the value of water and to tell the stories of those who dedicate their careers to protect and manage it. Without their help, none of this would be possible.

If you are not a member, won't you join us?

Nicole Seltzer
Executive Director

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