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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

Headwaters magazineRead feature articles below or view the magazine online to flip through or download the issue.

Watermarks--Letter from the Director

A new study recently published in the journal Science estimates that taxpayers and foundations have spent more than $1 billion annually on river restoration in the United States since 1990. These figures were compiled by the National River Restoration Science Synthesis (NRRSS) Project which for the last several years has systematically catalogued all the river restoration projects in the U.S.

Read more: Watermarks--Letter from the Director

Cheesman Dam Celebrates 100 Years

DENVER—The oldest dam in the Denver Water system, Cheesman Dam, marked the beginning of Denver's growth into a Rocky Mountain urban center. When completed in 1905, the dam's 80,000 acre-feet of storage meant that a small town at the edge of the mountains could support nearly 100,000 people. In a sense, modern Denver was born.

Read more: Cheesman Dam Celebrates 100 Years

Comprehensive Colorado River Watershed Curriculum Now Available

DURANGO—In May 2005, more than 70 Colorado River Basin educators and resource managers from the U.S., Mexico, Navajo Nation, and Tohono O'odham tribe gathered in Mexicali, Baja California to celebrate the publication of a new, international watershed-based curriculum: Discover a Watershed: The Colorado.

Read more: Comprehensive Colorado River Watershed Curriculum Now Available

2005 Legislative Update

The 2005 session of the Colorado General Assembly produced 10 water bills that became law, 12 that did not pass, and 1 vetoed by the Governor. Highlights of the new laws include creation of water roundtables throughout the state, and payment to Kansas of the full amount owed by Colorado in the Kansas v. Colorado Arkansas River Compact case.

Read more: 2005 Legislative Update

A Cutthroat Business

By Paul Formisano

Restoring the Little Snake River

The individual nature of river restoration projects is nowhere more evident than in the Little Snake River Valley of northwestern Colorado.
Until the largest ranch in the valley decided to undertake one of the most elaborate and extensive river restoration projects in the nation, comprehensive restoration of the Little Snake—hard hit by floods in the mid-1980s—did not seem a realistic possibility. Then in 1999, flexing its financial muscle, Three Forks Ranch initiated a chain reaction of restoration efforts that has resonated down the entire valley. Now some six years after the first plans were drawn up, the progress of restoration has both exceeded some expectations and disappointed others.

Read more: A Cutthroat Business

Renaissance of an Urban River—Sand Creek

By Dan MacArthur

Egrets perform their elegant mating ballet while thousands of vehicles thunder by on the interstate overhead. Wary deer scatter before surprised cyclists cruising down a hard-packed trail. Odd chunks of concrete and twisted steel still poke between the grasses in some places—a reminder to visitors that this unlikely oasis from Denver's urban din is healthier today than it has been in a long time.

Read more: Renaissance of an Urban River—Sand Creek

A Community River—The North Fork of the Gunnison

River restoration is more than just placing boulders in the river or putting a trail alongside the creek. It has to be. It originates with a community's desire to manage rivers better. On the North Fork of the Gunnison, regional involvement is slowly remaking this hard-working Western river into a public amenity.

Read more: A Community River—The North Fork of the Gunnison

2005 River of Words Award Winners

The River of Words contest is an annual environmental poetry contest for children ages 5 through 19. The contest endeavors to promote literacy in the classroom, and to train teachers how to integrate the arts into core curriculum subjects.

Read more: 2005 River of Words Award Winners

2005 Yampa and White River Tour

More than 45 tour attendees from all over the state toured the Yampa and White river valleys June 22-24. Participants heard from a variety of water resource managers on topics ranging from endangered species, oil and gas issues, recreation and irrigation management. They visited the Nature Conservancy's globally rare riparian forest at Carpenter Ranch, and received a special tour of the tunnels underneath Stagecoach Reservoir. Evenings were filled with barbeques and great opportunities to socialize and network with other tour attendees. The final day included a float down the Yampa River or fly-fishing activities.

Read more: 2005 Yampa and White River Tour

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