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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.

A Decade of Colorado Supreme Court Water Decisions: 1996-2006

By Justice Greg Hobbs

Colorado, like other western states, is experiencing rapid urbanization and increased expectations for use of its limited water supply. In 1970 Colorado's population stood at about 2 million people. Today, Colorado's population is about 4.6 million and rising. By 2030, 2.5 million more people may be living in the state.

Approximately 1 million acres of farm ground have yielded to urbanization in the past 10 years.

Read more: A Decade of Colorado Supreme Court Water Decisions: 1996-2006

Watermarks--Letter from the Editor

This special edition of the Headwaters magazine marks the beginning of a new initiative for the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. In addition to our quarterly Headwaters and our Citizen's Guides on select topics, the Foundation will now publish, from time to time, special editions of the Headwaters that provide a more in-depth focus on a single water issue.

Read more: Watermarks--Letter from the Editor

Compacts Resources

Guide to Interstate Compacts explore how our water-sharing compact agreements were first created, how they succeed and fail, and how they have fostered enduring relationships among bordering states. Read or purchase the Citizen's Guide to Colorado's Interstate Compacts.

2ndeditioncoversmallCompact Articles Over time WEco has published a variety of articles on different compacts. Browse the selected articles below to learn more about:

Water History Resources

Guide to Colorado's Water Heritage Explore how water shaped Colorado history, culture and identity. Read the water heritage guide.

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Guide to Colorado's Environmental Era Continue the journey through time to explore more recent years and see how the environmental movement has shaped Colorado's culture, communities and landscapes. Read, download, or purchase the environmental era guide.


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CO River Report & Webinar


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