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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.

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Water Education Colorado

Survey Respondents Speak Up about State's Water Issues, Information

Respondents to a recent survey identified the general public, government officials, politicians and the media—in that order—as those most in need of water-related education and information.

These results were part of an informal spring 2006 survey conducted by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. The foundation selected a set of more than 1,000 Coloradans, based on their interest in water issues, for the survey. More than 130 replied.

Even though the respondents said the media were in need of water-related education and information, slightly more than a third of respondents said they got most of their water-related information on a weekly basis from newspapers. Workshops/conferences and special interest organizations came in a close second.

The most common complaints about existing water-related publications and programs were that they were not progressive or innovative enough, or that they were too complicated and technical.

Asked what will be the biggest problem in Colorado, 63 percent responded from a pre-determined list of options, that the state's biggest problem will be that it won't have enough water. In contrast, only 7 percent worry that the infrastructure is deteriorating.

When asked to rank the importance of a variety of different actions to help resolve Colorado's water crisis, 82 percent ranked encouraging water conservation as very important. However, 41 percent also felt new water development, e.g., reservoirs and pipelines, is very important. Transferring more water from agriculture to cities was considered of lowest importance to 46 percent of respondents.

When asked if state and local agencies were devoting enough effort to water supply planning, 47 percent said no and 38 percent said somewhat.

Similarly, when asked if state and local agencies were devoting enough effort to water conservation planning, 67 percent said no, while 23 percent said somewhat.

Thank you to all those who took time to fill out the surveys. We will use the information to help inform the direction of the Foundation's educational programs.

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