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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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San Luis Valley Waits for Judicial Ruling and Mother Nature

By Ruth Heide

San Luis Valley residents are waiting and hoping.

They are waiting for a decision from District Judge O. John Kuenhold regarding proposed state rules governing new groundwater withdrawals in the Rio Grande Basin.

And they are hoping—for moisture.

Read more: San Luis Valley Waits for Judicial Ruling and Mother Nature

Denver Basin Aquifers in Decline

In the Denver Basin, deep bedrock aquifers store water in the pores of rocks more than 50 million years old. Studies show it takes tens of thousands of years to recharge the aquifers, and in places we are drawing it down rapidly. Some wells located along the western flank of the basin can already feel the effects of the aquifer's declining artesian pressure.

Read more: Denver Basin Aquifers in Decline

South Platte Well Owners in Crisis

By Lori Ozzello

Since Colorado was first settled, water has been a contentious issue. The May shutdown of more than 400 South Platte irrigation wells exemplifies the ongoing battle between Colorado's historic agricultural base and the drive for growth and development along the Front Range. When drought hit in 2002, it revealed a complex crisis that had been building at least since 1969, when the legislature attempted to incorporate groundwater management into the prior appropriation system governing surface water rights.

Read more: South Platte Well Owners in Crisis

Colorado Ground Water Commission Governs Wells on the Plains

Almost a quarter million groundwater wells in Colorado fall under a different set of rules than other wells or water rights for streams and rivers.

These wells are regulated by the Colorado Ground Water Commission, a 12-member panel created by the state legislature in 1957 to help address groundwater usage and water level declines in the Ogallala aquifer, underlying the state's eastern plains.

Read more: Colorado Ground Water Commission Governs Wells on the Plains

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.

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

96 Duffers Tee Off to Raise $9,000 for Foundation

On June 9, 2006 the Colorado Foundation for Water Education held its first inaugural golf tournament at Arrowhead Golf Club in Littleton. Attended by 96 players, the event was a sold-out success raising more than $9,000 to support the foundation.

Read more: 96 Duffers Tee Off to Raise $9,000 for Foundation

Tour Highlights History, Headwaters

More than 70 participants toured high altitude Colorado June 16-17 as they made their way along the headwaters of the South Platte and Arkansas River basins. Members of the Legislative Interim Water Committee joined a diverse group of participants including water professionals, federal employees, real estate agents and educators for the journey.

Read more: Tour Highlights History, Headwaters

Ski-a-Thon Supports the Colorado Water Leaders Program

An enthusiastic group of skiers and snowboarders known as the Snow Riders for Rivers gathered at A-Basin May 5 to help raise awareness about their impact on the water resources of mountain towns, resort communities and downstream water users.

Read more: Ski-a-Thon Supports the Colorado Water Leaders Program

Land Conservancy's Glaser Succeeds Brown as CFWE Director

One thing no one will say about Don Glaser's career: that there's not much to read about.

Glaser, Colorado Foundation for Water Education's new executive director, has a resume packed with experience in management, fundraising, and negotiating, and dealing with everyone from presidential cabinet members to tribal leaders to ranchers. Experience in the private sector? It's there. Public service? Got it. Nonprofits? Yes.

Read more: Land Conservancy's Glaser Succeeds Brown as CFWE Director

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