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Letter from the President

Welcome, readers, to this inaugural issue of Headwaters magazine published by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. I certainly hope you enjoy it.

The Colorado Foundation for Water Education was established legislatively by the Colorado General Assembly in 2002, during one of the state's worst droughts. The purpose and mission of the Foundation is to promote a better understanding of water issues through educational opportunities and resources, so Colorado citizens will understand water as a limited resource and make informed decisions. The Foundation does not take an advocacy position on any water issue.

Headwaters magazine is designed to provide up-to-date information on recent events and fundamental concerns related to Colorado's water resources. Growth, legal developments, drought, floods and the use of water in the everyday lives of Coloradans are some of the very public and personal themes we will explore in every quarterly issue.

The feature of this inaugural issue is drought, a very timely topic in the fall of 2003. In this issue we recount the 2002 drought — its severity and what it says about our vulnerability to future droughts. Thank you, Roger Pielke, our State Climatologist, for presenting us with important information on just how little precipitation we did receive during last year's withering dry spell. Reagan Waskom, Colorado State University, provides us with critical information on how severe drought conditions in 2002 had significant impacts on the state's economy and natural resources. And, as State Supreme Court Justice Hobbs recounts, drought events have profoundly shaped our state's water laws and institutions.

Our 'Profiles' section features individuals from around the state whose lives are shaped by their relationship and dependence on our water resources. In this issue we highlight residents from the small town of Meeker who all managed to ‘give a little bit’ so that the community as a whole could survive in tough times.

In our special section 'Voices' we ask writers and poets to submit their original work. Thank you, Mary Crow, Colorado's Poet Laureate, for creating the poem ‘Colorado Drought’ especially for this inaugural issue of the magazine. Also, thanks to Katie Post, for sharing your River Of Words prize winning poem, ‘I Am the Headwaters.’

I hope you will consider becoming a member of the Foundation and subscribing to Headwaters magazine.

The Foundation for Water Education is a non-profit organization, and proceeds from your membership or subscription will be used to fund additional water education efforts.
Thank you!

Diane Hoppe
State Representative (R-Sterling)
& President, CFWE

1750 Humboldt Street, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80218