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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 on Southwestern Colorado below or view the full issue online by flipping through or downloading the magazine.

Watermarks--Letter from the Editor

Each year, Headwaters selects one river basin to explore in depth, giving readers insight not only into the area's major river systems, but also local land use, environmental issues, water rights and storage, recreation, growth, and the people who manage and monitor the area's water resources. For our basin focus this fall, the Foundation selected the Dolores and San Juan River Basins of southwest Colorado.

Read more: Watermarks--Letter from the Editor

State Legislators Get a Water-Wise Tour of Southwestern Colorado

Denver, CO—In August, members of the Colorado Legislature's Water Resources Review Committee, and other members of the public, participated in a four-day bus tour of the San Juan and Dolores basins. Previously an interim committee, the now permanent 10-person committee is co-chaired by Senator Lewis H. Entz and Representative Diane Hoppe.

Read more: State Legislators Get a Water-Wise Tour of Southwestern Colorado

Don't Forget: October 18 is World Water Quality Monitoring Day

On October 18, volunteer monitoring groups, water quality agencies, students, and the general public are invited to join together to take an instant snap shot of the world's water quality. Four key indicators of water quality should be monitored: temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity.

Read more: Don't Forget: October 18 is World Water Quality Monitoring Day

Teaching the Poetry of Rivers

The Foundation for Water Education recently released a new online program for teachers called Teaching the Poetry of Rivers. The program provides free online lesson plans addressing the interdisciplinary study of watersheds and poetry, and assists students to develop submissions to the River of Words Poetry Contest. The program is currently accepting teachers to implement and review its preliminary version.

Read more: Teaching the Poetry of Rivers

Focus on SouthWestern Colorado

Two major river systems define southwestern Colorado: the San Juan and Dolores.

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Colorado's Newest Water Storage Project is Taking Shape

Animas-La Plata is Colorado's most recent federally-funded water storage project. In fact, ALP's Ridges Basin Dam, now under construction just south of Durango, is the only dam in the nation the Bureau of Reclamation is currently building ‘from the ground up.’

Read more: Colorado's Newest Water Storage Project is Taking Shape

Dry Wells in La Plata County

By Cris Meyer

Naturally limited water resources, drought and growth team up to send southern La Plata County on the hunt for new water supplies

Wells are going dry in La Plata County. And even though the Animas-La Plata Project currently under construction just outside Durango will be dedicated exclusively to tribal and municipal water use, it will not satisfy all of the county's demands for potable drinking water.

Read more: Dry Wells in La Plata County

The Dolores Project and Water for Everyone

Abundant snows making Telluride a ski mecca, melt into the headwaters of the Dolores and San Miguel Rivers and begin their westward journey. Yet once these waters reach the lower mesas and rolling hills of the Colorado Plateau, they are quickly in short supply.

Read more: The Dolores Project and Water for Everyone

Solutions for a Troubled River

Strategies to improve flows in the lower Dolores River have been under discussion for decades, most ending in acrimony. Yet in 2002, when flows at the Slick Rock gage below McPhee Dam dropped below one cubic foot per second, it became obvious that dialog needed to resume. Collaborating with Dolores Water Conservancy District former general manager Steve Arveschoug (and now former manager John Porter), Chuck Wanner of the San Juan Citizen's Alliance and members of the newly-formed Dolores River Coalition agreed to sit down and attempt to find solutions to how best to manage the shallow waters of the lower Dolores River.

Read more: Solutions for a Troubled River

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm and Ranch Enterprise

By Dan MacArthur

An old tribal legend holds that a Ute chief once stood in the San Juan Mountains and proclaimed that all lands touched by the water belonged to his people.

Read more: Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm and Ranch Enterprise

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