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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

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.

This year's tour started in Denver and followed the Colorado River to Grand Junction, where it turned southwards through the Uncompahgre Valley. The next day the group traveled to the Dolores Conservancy District and the Ute Farm and Ranch Enterprise. Speakers from various organizations accompanied the bus, keeping legislators busy with a stream of information. On the third day, the group toured the La Plata Valley and the proposed

Long Hollow Reservoir site, finishing up the afternoon with a stop at the Animas-La Plata project. The final day, the group continued over to Pagosa Springs, and then through the San Luis Valley on their way back to Denver.

A variety of sponsors help fund the trip, providing an excellent opportunity for legislators to familiarize themselves with water-related concerns explained first-hand by the people who deal with them everyday. The Committee has been making an effort over the last several years to tour its members through every river basin in state. ‘And we have almost made it to all of them,’ relates current chair Diane Hoppe. ‘The only basin we haven't covered is the Yampa and White in northwestern Colorado—maybe next year!’

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