Text Size

Site Search

Water Law

Headwaters Magazine

Subcategories

Cooperation vs. Competition

Headwaters Cover

This issue of Headwaters magazine chronicles how Colorado has entered into the most comprehensive and public dialogue ever attempted about the state's water future. Citizen roundtables are reaching across hydrologic divides to address questions which have often resulted in division rather than agreement.

Read the articles in text format below, or flip through the magazine online.

 

 

Headwaters Beyond the Printed Page

Water Education Colorado goes beyond printed material to help our readers meet and understand the views of IBCC and Basin Roundtable members.

VOICES OF THE IBCC—staff member Kristin Maharg visited with IBCC members in March 2009 to discuss their thoughts on a vision for Colorado's water future, new water supply strategies and the Colorado River compact. Listen to audio selections from these interviews here.

FACES OF THE IBCCAt the March 2009 Interbasin Compact Committee meeting, photographer Kevin Moloney asked participants to create a self-portrait using a remote camera release. We've posted a selection of these images, along with quotes from the magazine.

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

Headwaters magazine

Changing Times, Changing Uses

The spring issue of Headwaters investigates how water use in Colorado has changed over the years.  A series of vignettes give us a glimpse into the past, as well as current and future challenges faced by major water use sectors in the state - industry, agriculture, recreation, environment, and municipal.

Flip through or view the online issue.

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

Headwaters magazineRead feature articles on the 2002 drought below or view the magazine online by flipping through or downloading the issue.

The CWCB BoardIn the Fall 2009 issue of Headwaters, Water Education Colorado explores the Colorado Water Conservation Board, a state agency whose staff and Board members often meander through our stories. The CWCB is involved in almost every facet of water in Colorado. It works with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and State Engineer’s Office to ensure compliance with our interstate compacts. It works with the Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks to identify streams for instream flow protection. It works with local water users to plan for Colorado’s future water needs and improve municipal conservation and drought preparedness practices. The list goes on.

Read featured articles below, or view the issue online.

Yampa HW CoverIn the Winter 2010 issue of Headwaters, Water Education Colorado visits the Yampa, White and Green river basins of northwest Colorado. The Yampa River retains a distinction not afforded to any other major river in Colorado--It is essentially undammed. This makes its biology unique and its recreational opportunities world-class. The largely agricultural basin, however, is faced with many modern problems, including energy development, in-basin growth and trans-basin diversion prospects.  Read on to learn more about this beautiful part of Colorado ...   

Read featured articles below, or view the magazine online.

In the Summer 2010 issue of Headwaters, Water Education Colorado explores the world of volunteerism and grassroots river protection. There are over 80 community watershed groups in Colorado. Their purposes are as varied as the environments they are working to study, restore and protect. Watershed groups provide so many services: they bring our communities together through promoting volunteerism; they provide data on water quality, habitat integrity and recreational use that is needed by state and federal agencies to make informed decisions; and they work collaboratively to achieve land and water protections that can be embraced by stakeholders of many different viewpoints. Read on to learn more about the work of these committed individuals. Read featured articles below, or view the magazine online.

  

hwcover24
In Fall 2010, Water Education Colorado widens its scope to explore conflicts between both land and water-based recreational users. Inspired by the 2009 legislative attempt to clarify commercial boating rights on Colorado's streams, this issue of Headwaters reports on that issue and more. As recreation in Colorado approaches a $10billion per year industry, the voices of those stakeholders are increasingly involved in water resource decision-making.  We explore both how recreation is included in project planning and management, and which user groups are favored over others, through examination of recent attempts at wilderness designation, the challenge of boating on Colorado's heavily managed streams, the processes land and water managers use to enhance or limit recreation, and of course, the conflict between private riparian landowners and the floaters traveling by (or through) their property.

Read featured articles below, or view the magazine online.

Don't receive Headwaters? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a free copy, or better yet, support its production by becoming a CFWE member.

CoverImagePlanet earth gives us more than a place to hang our hats. From forests that regulate the water cycle and the climate, to wetlands that cycle nutrients and act as natural filtration systems, the complex interactions that occur within living ecosystems provide essential services that directly support, not only our very existence, but our quality of life and our livelihoods as well. Us Earthlings are utterly dependent on the continued persistence of Earth’s diverse ecosystems, in all their amazing complexity. 

In this issue of Headwaters, Water Education Colorado looks at the power of valuing "ecosystem services" from wetland mitigation banks to ranchers-as-conservationists as innovative tools to protect the functions of natural systems for the good of mankind, as well as Colorado.

Read selected articles below, or view the online version here.

Colorado River Basin HeadwatersAs the Colorado River flows through its seven-state, canyon carving traverse, it is tapped and retapped-- supporting acres of irrigated agriculture and desert communities. In Colorado we depend on this lifeline to the West and take pride in our namesake river.

In this issue of Headwaters, Water Education Colorado focuses on the Colorado River's mainstem and the river's many uses. Communities as distinct as Colorado's peach capital of Palisade, its high mountain ski country and its population center along the northern Front Range all share Colorado River flows.

Read featured articles below or view the online version here.

Want to receive Headwaters? Support its production by becoming a Water Education Colorado member.

HW27FinalCover
Are you interested in Colorado water issues but don't know where to start? Do you want to know how much water is available or the amount we'll need as the state grows?  Do you want to explore the ways in which we use water to grow food in Colorado? Would you like to learn about planting a Xeriscape garden or to plan a trip to explore Colorado's water?

Then Take the Plunge into the Winter 2012 edition of Headwaters to learn about Colorado's many exciting water issues and the interesting characters who work with water. Explore these topics and more by reading featured articles below or viewing the online version of Headwaters here.

 

Want to receive Headwaters? Support water education in Colorado by becoming a member of Water Education Colorado.

hwcover28

Southwestern Colorado is a lot of things: rugged, diverse, uniquely beautiful. One thing it's not is for the faint of heart ... Read on to sample the concerns, and the vision, of Colorado's Southwest Basin, not only in relation to river protection and water management but to its transitioning agricultural community as well. Explore Southwestern Colorado by reading featured articles below or viewing the online version of Headwaters

Want to receive Headwaters? Support water education in Colorado by becoming a member of Water Education Colorado.

Cover_web

Farmers play a critical role in Colorado. To support the food and fiber they provide to the rest of us, agriculture receives more than 85 percent of the state's water deliveries. Read the latest issue of Headwaters to learn about the value of water for Colorado agriculture, how water is managed during drought years, the innovation that farmers make to survive and much more. Explore these topics by reading feature articles below or flipping through the online version of Headwaters.

Want to receive Headwaters? Support water education in Colorado by becoming a member of Water Education Colorado.

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

Headwaters magazineLearn about planning efforts for Colorado's water future by reading feature articles below, flipping through, or downloading the online version of Headwaters.

Headwaters magazineLearn about the Endangered Species Act by reading feature articles below, flipping through, or downloading the online version of Headwaters.

Admin Hw Cover

In this issue of Headwaters, Water Education Colorado explores water administration in Colorado. In a water-scarce environment, enforcing the law of "first in time, first in right" can get sticky. The men (and women!) who allocate Colorado's most precious resource work long days to make sure it gets done properly, dealing with changing technology, angry water rights owners and environmental protection along the way. Read featured articles below, or view the magazine online here.

 

Summer 2009 Web Extras!!

Scott Hummer

 View photos and listen to Water Commissioners Brent Schantz and Scott Hummer describe their work.
Headwaters magazine is a semi-annual publication that features interviews, updates and in-depth articles on fundamental water resource topics. The following issues are available in PDF format for you to read online. Hardcopies are available as a membership benefit.

Headwaters magazineWinter 2009: The South Platte Basin

In this edition of Headwaters, Water Education Colorado explores the South Platte basin.  The river supplies our largest cities and highest producing ag counties. To make it happen, trans-mountain diversions provide flows that almost equal the amount of water that leaves the state. Agriculturists and economists look at the future of farming and ranching in Colorado - they're changing, along with the river and the state.

Read selected articles below, or flip through the magazine online.

Headwaters MagazineColorado's public lands mean that there are places to go and things to do. We have national grasslands, mountain parks, wild rivers, open space and more. This issue explores Wild and Scenic River designation, the impacts of decades-long fire suppression policies, mines and minerals and more.

Browse selections from the magazine below or flip through the full magazine online.

hwcover16Explore the state and meet Coloradans who are devoted to protecting wildlife through this issue of Headwaters.

Read through select articles below or view the full wildlife issue of Headwaters online.

Headwaters magazine Read select articles on the Arkansas River Basin below or flip through the whole magazine online.

Headwaters MagazineRead select articles from the magazine below or flip through the full issue online.

This Headwaters Magazine explores the relationship of water to energy production. Much remains to be learned about the effects of energy development on the state's water resources. Given the importance Colorado's citizens place on a safe, reliable, high quality water supply, we must pursue these possibilities responsibly.

Headwaters magazineThe Source of All Law — the Customs and Values of the People

These Colorado Supreme Court water decisions arose from actual facts and conflicts and thus provide windows into a shared community experience. You might look upon them as vessels floating on the currents of precedent flowing from the source of all law—i.e. the evolving customs and values of the people; or perhaps as new wine being poured into vintage water skins.

Join me, if you will, in identifying these currents, these vessels, this process of alchemy.

—Justice Greg Hobbs

Explore Colorado water law by reading feature articles below, flipping through, or downloading the online version of Headwaters.

Headwaters magazineRead articles below, or view the issue online.

Headwaters magazineRead articles from the magazine below or view it online.

Headwaters magazine Read articles from the magazine below or flip through the entire publication online.

Headwaters magazineRead feature articles on the Rio Grande Basin below, view or download the online issue for the full magazine.

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

hw_30 We rely on utilities to provide reliable water and protect human health, but how often do we think about them? Learn about the water infrastructure that's demanding our attention, why we pay more for water today, water treatment and how to conserve more water in your home. Explore these topics by reading feature articles below, flipping through, or downloading the online version of Headwaters.

Want to receive Headwaters? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a free copy. Better yet, support water education in Colorado by becoming a member of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education.

hw coverwebbigFocus on the beautiful, unique and water-short Rio Grande River Basin in the latest issue of Headwaters magazine. Reporters cover the San Luis Valley's groundwater crisis, capitalizing on limited reservoir storage, holistic land management and more. Explore these topics by flipping through or downloading the online version of Headwaters.

Want to receive Headwaters? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a free copy. Better yet, support water education in Colorado by becoming a member of Water Education Colorado.

HW 32 coversmall

Colorado is one of the top-10 producing states for oil and gas, with the center of that activity closing in on populated areas, heightening residents' alarm and raising concern about the water required. The argument is similar when it comes to power generation-- a reliable power supply is integral to our day-to-day lives and reliant on water. Join CFWE in exploring the topics of energy development and power production in Colorado. Flip through or download the Energy Issue online.

 

Want to receive Headwaters? Support water education in Colorado by becoming a member of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education.

HW 33 cover smWater educators are on a mission for people to know more about water, and to know enough to care and act. Engagers aren't so different. Check out this issue of Headwaters to learn more about water education and engagement in Colorado and take a look at our toolkit that explores the major challenges that educators say they face, plus inspiring ideas for overcoming them. Whether you're targeting youth or adults, focused on advancing water conservation or facilitating public dialogue on contentious water issues, or working in another field entirely, we offer something for everyone. Flip through or download the education and engagement issue online

Want to receive HeadwatersThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a free copy. Better yet, support water education in Colorado by becoming a member of the Colorado Foundation for Water Education.

 HW cover web

The September 2013 flood disaster was financially the most devastating flood Colorado has faced this century. Read about what happened in 2013 and how it could have been worse. Learn about the rush of flood recovery efforts targeting short and long-term resiliency as well as the opportunity that a strong rebuild presents. Then, explore the question of living with risk and the risks we accept as a society. Full recovery from the September 2013 flood is still a long way off, but check out this issue for some lessons learned that apply statewide. Flip through or download the flood issue online.

 

Want to receive Headwaters? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a free copy. Better yet, support water education by becoming a member of Water Education Colorado.

Headwaters Fall 2014—The Will to Thrive on Colorado's Eastern Plains

hw cover web

Colorado's High Plains, on the edge of the continent's Great Plains, rises from east to west as the landscape meets the Rockies' foothills. Explore the issues that are vital to this large region, which encompasses more than one-third of our state. Read about struggles to make the Ogallala Aquifer's groundwater last; learn about strides in irrigation efficiency and technology; and understand the biggest threats to drinking water quality and health affecting plains communities. Flip through or download the issue here.

 

Want to receive Headwaters? Send us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive a free copy. Better yet, support water education by becoming a member of Water Education Colorado.

 

 

 

HW WINTER 16cover 

In the Winter 2016 issue of Headwaters Magazine, explore today's focus on collaboration in water, and how Coloradans are coming together to forge alliances—and bridge impasses—between disparate interests. Trace the historical transition in Colorado water from conflict-based to collaborative-based approaches, and peer beyond the buzzword to cover the myriad geneses of collaborative efforts unfolding across the state, while also learning best practices for collaborative design. Flip through or download the issue here.

 

Want to receive Headwaters? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a complimentary copy or support Headwaters and water education by donating to the Headwaters Fund or becoming a member of Water Education Colorado.

HW SUMMER coverweb 

The Summer 2016 issue of Headwaters Magazine examines the economics of water. In addition to looking at water’s role in Colorado’s economy, this issue covers creative funding opportunities to pay for sustainable water infrastructure as well as watershed planning and river restoration. Dive into how water is priced through water markets, rates and valuation methods—including those that account for non-market values—and explore both advantages and considerations in pursuing regionalized, multi-partner projects. Flip through or download the issue here

 

Want to receive Headwaters? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a complimentary copy or support Headwaters and water education by donating to the Headwaters Fund or becoming a member of Water Education Colorado.

HW Fall 2016 FINAL cover 

The Fall 2016 issue of Headwaters magazine looks at public health. The magazine introduces the law and policy governing safe drinking water, then takes a close look at how public health concerns related to as-yet-unregulated contaminants are monitored and evaluated. The issue also focuses on the unique public health challenges rural areas face, while exploring efforts to pursue increased water reuse, including from direct potable reuse systems, through initiatives related to technology and policy. The issue's articles are set against the backdrop of public alarm raised about the safety of public water during recent high-profile events, including Flint's lead crisis and PFC groundwater contamination near Colorado Springs. Flip through or download the issue here

Want to receive Headwaters? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a complimentary copy or support Headwaters and water education by donating to the Headwaters Fund or becoming a member of Water Education Colorado.

 

HEADWATERS Summer 2017: Data Illuminates New Solutions for Water

 

  Read about water data, open data, data visualization, water planning and more in the Summer 2017 issue of Headwaters magazine.

Flip through or download the issue here

Want to receive Headwaters? Contact us for a complimentary copy or support Headwaters and water education by donating to the Headwaters Fund or becoming a member of Water Education Colorado.
Cover HW Fall 2017

Water sharing and banking, coined "alternative transfer methods" or ATMs, could provide flexibility for stretched water supplies—but not without marked changes. Read about ATMs, water banking and more in the Fall 2017 issue of Headwaters magazine. 
Flip through or download the issue here.

Want to receive Headwaters? Contact us for a complimentary copy or support Headwaters and water education by donating to the Headwaters Fund or becoming a member of Water Education Colorado.

 

Water Law Resources

Guide to Colorado Water Law explores the basics of Colorado water law--learn how it has developed and how it is applied today. This, CFWE's most popular Citizen's Guide, was authored by Colorado Supreme Court Justice, and CFWE Board Vice President, Gregory Hobbs. Take a look or purchase a copy.

LawupdatedCover2

Law Supplement Headwaters magazine a special edition of Headwaters that provides an in-depth look at Colorado water law. Browse the magazine to supplement our Citizen's Guide and your knowledge. View it here

Administration Headwaters magazine read how enforcing the law in our water-scarce state can get tricky and meet the men and women who allocate Colorado's most precious resource. Browse the issue here.

  
watereducationcowebsite
 
1750 Humboldt Street, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80218
 
303-377-4433