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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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Watermarks--Letter from the Editor

Negotiating a New Era for the Colorado River

The Foundation has devoted this winter edition of Headwaters to the Colorado River Basin, touching on the policy, people, and economies that rely upon and shape the water resources of this productive watershed.

Read more: Watermarks--Letter from the Editor

Peace on the Colorado River?

Two new lawsuits charge vital economic and environmental impacts ignored

IMPERIAL VALLEY, CA — Less than a month after the Quantitative Settlement Agreement was signed, the deal has already been hit with two lawsuits.

Read more: Peace on the Colorado River?

Feasibility Study Released for ‘Big Straw’ Project

DENVER, CO — In late November 2003, the results of the Colorado River Return Reconnaissance Study (CRRRS) were released at a Colorado Water Conservation Board meeting.

Read more: Feasibility Study Released for ‘Big Straw’ Project

Instream Gravel Mine Donated For River Park

HOTCHKISS, CO — Described by some locals as an ‘invisible resource,’ public access to the North Fork of the Gunnison River between the towns of Paonia and Hotchkiss has been non-existent to date. That is all about to change.

Read more: Instream Gravel Mine Donated For River Park

Upper Colorado River Tour June 23-25

The Colorado River turns into a classroom June 23-25 when the Colorado Foundation for Water Education presents its first Upper Colorado River Tour.

Read more: Upper Colorado River Tour June 23-25

A Chronology of the ‘Law of the River’

1922 Colorado River Compact
Divided the Colorado River, 50-50 between the upper basin (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming) and the lower basin states (Arizona, California, and Nevada). An additional 1 million acre-feet of tributary water is allowed to the lower basin.
On a ten-year running average, the compact guarantees 75 million acre-feet of water to the lower basin, delivered at Lee Ferry, Arizona. Theoretically, the upper basin was also to receive 7.5 million acre-feet annually. However, due to the lower basin delivery guarantee, in times of shortage, the upper basin may have less water available to it.

Read more: A Chronology of the ‘Law of the River’

California's New Colorado River Diet

By Jim Lochhead

Legal requirements to reduce California's use of the Colorado River put pressure on urban and rural water agencies to come up with a solution. Quantifying the amount of water consumed by their main water agencies such as the Imperial Irrigation District (right) and the Coachella Valley Water District (which serves the Palm Springs area above) was one of California's first steps in figuring out how to stay within their Colorado River allotment.Their recent agreement represents the largest transfer of water from agricultural to municipal use in U.S. history, and denotes a new era for the Colorado River.

Read more: California's New Colorado River Diet

An Interview with Colorado's Lead Negotiator for Colorado River Issues — Greg Walcher

By Karla Brown

CFWE: Could you describe your role as Colorado's lead negotiator for Colorado River issues over the last five years?

GW: Let me just start by saying it has been one of the most interesting and exciting, and I think in the long-term, important things that I have worked on in my life; certainly in this job.

Read more: An Interview with Colorado's Lead Negotiator for Colorado River Issues — Greg Walcher

Paul Testwuide, Vail Resorts Inc.

By Allen Best

Paul Testwuide vividly remembers December 1976. Skies were distressingly blue, the slopes melancholy brown. The lifts at Vail remained idle, the lodges, stores, and restaurants empty. All awaited the winter's first snow.

Read more: Paul Testwuide, Vail Resorts Inc.

Interview: Dan Tyler, Author

By Karla Brown

Delph Carpenter (1877-1951) was Colorado's interstate stream commissioner during a pivotal time when the state was struggling to protect its water rights, while still figuring out how to share its rivers equitably with its downstream neighbors.

Read more: Interview: Dan Tyler, Author

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