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IBCC & Colorado's Water Plan

Colorado's Water Plan

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Colorado's future is intertwined with water. CFWE is proud to support efforts to ensure that the interests of water users and managers, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and citizens are addressed in local water-related decisions. We have arrived at an unprecedented point in water history, one where dialogue and consensus among water leaders is leading to a comprehensive plan to address our state's water challenges. CFWE is proud to further understanding of Colorado's Water Plan and the Basin Implementation Plans through our facilitation of the Public Education, Participation and Outreach workgroup of the Interbasin Compact Committee.

In 2006, the Colorado legislature created the Interbasin Compact Process through the Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act, which formed the Interbasin Compact Committee and nine Basin Roundtables. Together the IBCC and Roundtables facilitate discussions on water management issues and encourage locally driven collaborative solutions.

In May 2013, Governor Hickenlooper issued an Executive Order directing the Colorado Water Conservation Board to develop Colorado's Water Plan. Creation of this plan is a grassroots effort drawing upon eight years of unprecedented work, dialogue and consensus-building that water leaders have engaged in through the Interbasin Compact Committee and Basin Roundtable process. Colorado's Water Plan is a grassroots effort.Colorado's first water plan was released in November, 2015. Find the plan here.

Join the Discussion: 

Get involved by being engaged in your Basin Roundtable. To learn more about when your Roundtable meets and who represents your basin on the Roundtable, visit or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

Today, CFWE's work extends beyond the Public Education, Participation and Outreach role-- to further support participation in a secure water future, expect to see additional activities from CFWE throughout the year, including:

  • The Winter 2015 issue of Headwaters magazine on Colorado's Water Plan
  • Special communications pieces representing a diversity of perspectives on channels such as the "Your Water Colorado" blog Connecting the Drops radio series
  • Relevant speakers and topics at CFWE programs and events, such as our annual Legislative Lunch where we spoke with legislators about talking with and engaging their constituents about water and Colorado's Water Plan
  • Cross-promotions of CWCB communications and social media


Become a Member or Make a Donation

Support for the Colorado Foundation for Water Education 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.