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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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Water Education Colorado

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Water Rights Handbook for Conservation Professionals

Authored by prominent Colorado lawyers and other water experts*, this 130-page handbook provides conservation professionals and landowners with guidance on how to protect water-dependent conservation values using conservation easements.

Read more: Water Rights Handbook for Conservation Professionals

Mike Nelson & 7News—Your Weather, Your Watershed

Colorado's Water: Headwaters of the West made its debut Monday Jan. 9, at a premiere party at 7NEWS in Denver. This collaboration between 7NEWS, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, Denver Water, the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, Aurora Water and the City of Boulder offers both online and on-air resources to help viewers learn more about water, watersheds, weather and the environment.

Read more: Mike Nelson & 7News—Your Weather, Your Watershed

Assistant Secretary of Water and Science Visits Denver

Limbaugh appearance helps Foundation raise $17,000

DENVER—On Thursday Oct. 20, the recently appointed Assistant Secretary of Water and Science for the U.S. Department of Interior visited Denver, and spoke at a fundraising event for the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton was also scheduled to attend, but had a family emergency which caused her immediate return to D.C. The event was attended by more than 125 supporters of the Foundation, and helped to raise more than $17,000 to support the 2006 Colorado Water Leader's Course.

Read more: Assistant Secretary of Water and Science Visits Denver

Risks & Rewards

By Erin McIntyre

How Will Escalating Oil & Gas Drilling Affect Colorado's Water?

As the saying goes, one person's trash is another one's treasure.

In this case, the water laced with hydrocarbons, salt and minerals gushing from the earth during oil and gas drilling every day in Colorado may be part of the answer to the state's water woes.

Read more: Risks & Rewards

Regulators Just Say No

Oil, gas industry must follow tighter water quality rules

Colorado's water-quality regulators decided to retain oversight of stormwater runoff at oil and gas construction sites, instead of turning regulation over to another state agency which oversees the industry.

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Cleaning Up Urban Runoff

By Lori Ozzello

In most towns in Colorado, rain and melted snow flow untreated down the gutter, into the storm drain and directly to the nearest river. Recently however, because of stricter federal and state regulations, even small Colorado cities are making an effort to clean up their stormwater before it hits the gutter.

Read more: Cleaning Up Urban Runoff

Stormwater—Phase II

Colorado's stormwater program mirrors EPA regulations meant to reduce pollutants entering streams, lakes and rivers from urbanized and commercial areas.

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Water Quality 411

By Marcia Darnell

Not so long ago, four state, federal and local agencies were extracting water quality samples from the same place in the same West Slope river. They didn't always share what they found, or what they knew.

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Colorado Supreme Court Decisions

High Plains and ISG Cases

Change of water rights application requires an identified place of use

Both of these court cases decided by the Colorado Supreme Court in October 2005 address issues of speculation in water rights. Under current law, speculation in water rights is prohibited. An appropriator must have its own use for the water or have a contract to serve customers that the water will benefit. The appropriator must have a plan to divert, store, or otherwise capture, possess, and control the water for beneficial use.

Read more: Colorado Supreme Court Decisions

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