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Watermarks--Letter from the Editor

Keeping it Clean as Development Looms

In the Citizen's Guide to Colorado Water Quality Protection (CFWE, 2004), author Paul Frohardt of the Water Quality Control Commission identified pressures from population and development as the primary threats to water quality protection in this state. In this winter edition of Headwaters, we reflect on the local, corporate and governmental responses to those pressures.

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Tax Checkoff to Support River Restoration and Local Watershed Groups

Denver—Checking the box on your state income tax return next to the Colorado Watershed Protection fund helps protect the health of Colorado's rivers and landscapes. Your contribution supports a grant program created by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Watershed Assembly to fund stream restoration projects and assist locally-based watershed groups in watershed protection efforts.

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125th Anniversary of the State Engineer's Office

DENVER—On March 5, 1881, the Colorado General Assembly established the position of State Engineer. This unique post was tasked with administration of water rights and measurement of water flows in the rivers and canals around the newly-minted state.

Since that time, 21 state engineers have served the State of Colorado. M.C. Hinderlider served the longest, from 1923 to 1954 and was involved in the negotiation of many interstate compacts.

The role of the State Engineer has expanded over the last 125 years. The staff of the State Engineer's Office is now responsible for administration of nine interstate compacts, dam safety, ground water permitting, safe construction of water wells, maintenance of water data and information, and more.

Hal Simpson, the current State Engineer, has served since August of 1992 and is the second longest serving State Engineer.

To learn more about the State Engineer's Office go online to water.state.co.us or call (303)866-3581.

Energy and Water— How Can We Get Both for the Price of One?

FORT COLLINS—Join policy makers, energy producers and concerned stakeholders from across the West to discuss the opportunities and challenges involved in converting water from oil and gas production to beneficial use. Workshop sessions will:

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Critical Issues in Land Conservation: Water Rights and Oil & Gas Development

Glenwood Springs—This two-day conference will offer guidance to conservation professionals and landowners on how to protect water-dependent conservation values using conservation easements. It will also explore the implications of increasing oil and gas development on conservation easements in Colorado.

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