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About Water Education Colorado

Mission: to promote better understanding of Colorado's water resources and issues by providing balanced and accurate information and education.

watereducationcoHumanity can live without a lot of things. We can’t live without water. From our food to our culture, from our economy to our very survival, on the plains and in the mountains we depend on abundant, clean, and accessible water.

Amid the worst single-year drought on record in state history, the Colorado Legislature founded Water Education Colorado (formerly Colorado Foundation for Water Education) as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2002. Our organization is charged with the important task of ensuring a sustainable water future for our state through the promotion of “a better understanding of water issues… so Colorado citizens will understand water as a limited resource and will make informed decisions.”

Our value as an organization and our leadership as an educator and connector is borne from our objectivity and independence, our inclusivity and our balanced approach. We understand that water issues can be polarizing, so we bring together diverse perspectives and build bridges among sectors, regions, and professions. We understand that water issues can be complex, so we provide valuable reporting, training, and resources for all Coloradans, no matter their existing level of knowledge.

Since our inception in 2002, Water Education Colorado has become the leading organization for informing and engaging Coloradans on water issues. Our statewide community is connected by a deep appreciation for water and a love for our state. Independent of bias, we collaborate to ensure our fellow Coloradans are knowledgeable about key water issues and equipped to make smart decisions for a sustainable water future. Through leadership training, educational resources, and programming we are working toward a vibrant, sustainable, and water-aware Colorado.

Our livelihood in Colorado today owes much to the water pioneers in the 19th and 20th centuries who came together to solve massive challenges in water infrastructure. While the specific challenges have changed over the decades, solutions are no easier today. Our world of water is more complex and threatened than ever before. Water Education Colorado and its members are committed to advancing solutions in the same spirit of yesteryear—that of courage, leadership, innovation, and collaboration—but with understanding and tools that are light years ahead, to ensure a better water future for all. 

Information about past accomplishments and our finances are available in past years' Annual Reports:


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Support for Water Education Colorado is tax-deductible and provides numerous benefits, including discounts on publications and event registrations. Your membership supports development of new publications, outreach efforts across the state, and critical operational needs.

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Denver, CO 80218