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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.

Connecting the Drops

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Water Education Colorado

125th Anniversary of the State Engineer's Office

DENVER—On March 5, 1881, the Colorado General Assembly established the position of State Engineer. This unique post was tasked with administration of water rights and measurement of water flows in the rivers and canals around the newly-minted state.

Since that time, 21 state engineers have served the State of Colorado. M.C. Hinderlider served the longest, from 1923 to 1954 and was involved in the negotiation of many interstate compacts.

The role of the State Engineer has expanded over the last 125 years. The staff of the State Engineer's Office is now responsible for administration of nine interstate compacts, dam safety, ground water permitting, safe construction of water wells, maintenance of water data and information, and more.

Hal Simpson, the current State Engineer, has served since August of 1992 and is the second longest serving State Engineer.

To learn more about the State Engineer's Office go online to water.state.co.us or call (303)866-3581.

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