The Water Information Program is a public information program sponsored by the water districts, organizations and agencies in the San Juan and Dolores watersheds of Southwestern Colorado. The purpose of the WIP is to provide information to the public and community on water topics and water related issues.

WIP Spring 2015 Newsletter Now Available!

The Spring 2015 Water Information Program newsletter is now available!

REPOST! We are trying to obtain input on the possible elimination of news stories on the WIP website. Please vote and provide comments!

We are trying to obtain input on the possible elimination of news stories on the WIP website. Please vote and provide comments!

Donate to the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund on your CO State Income Tax Return!

It's that time of year again...yes, tax season. But, on the bright side, you can use this opportunity to personally make a difference for our beautiful watersheds. Make a donation to the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund on line 43 of your 2014 Colorado Individual Tax Form 104, and you will be supporting locally-based conservation groups in their efforts to protect our land and water. To learn more about the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund, visit the website.

2015 Legislative Updates

The following provides legislative updates for the 2015 session. The Board of the Southwestern Water Conservation District provides this as a service to those interested in water related legislation. We hope that you find the updates beneficial.
Bruce Whitehead
Executive Director
Southwestern Water Conservation District

***Election 2014: Analysis on Impacts to Important Water Committees‏***

This special report was prepared by the Ferguson Group (TFG), that is the lobbyist for the Family Farm Alliance.  It is a good report on the outcome of the midterm elections and potential impacts to the congressional committees with jurisdiction over federal water policies, infrastructure, and program funding.  The Family Farm Alliance distributed the report to its membership, so if you distribute further, please give credit to the Farm Alliance & TFG.

***2015 Colorado NPS Funding Cycle Begins***

The Colorado Nonpoint Source Program (NPS) is announcing the start of the 2015 Colorado NPS Funding Cycle. Proposal application information, instruction documents, application forms, and deadlines can be found here.

Colorado WaterWise Value of Water Toolkit is Now Available!

Colorado WaterWise Value of Water Toolkit is now available! It has evolved into the new Colorado Water – Live Like You Love It program.

EPA Releases “Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Climate Ready Estuaries program has published Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans as a resource for environmental managers and planners.

Two West Slope Water Conservation Districts Jointly Adopt Principles for Addressing Colorado River Drought Conditions

The two Water Conservation Districts that comprise the entire Colorado River basin in Colorado adopted implementation principles concerning how the current, extended drought conditions are addressed on the Colorado River’s storage system.

***Public Input Sought for Colorado Water Plan!***

As an essential resource, water supports the open space provided by the state’s productive ranches and farms, brings us recreational activities such as boating and fishing, is the source of high quality drinking water for our growing towns and cities, and provides life to the beautiful environment that surrounds us. 

Are You in Favor of a National Water Policy?

We are trying to obtain input on whether or not there is support for a National Water Policy. Please provide comments and input, including why or why not. Thank you in advance for your time!

***Help Save the Colorado River: Pledge Now to the Change the Course Campaign!***

The freshwater team at National Geographic believes the principle of motivated individual action can help to restore the flow of the Colorado River.  Together with the Bonneville Environment Foundation and Participant Media, National Geographic has created the “Change the Course” campaign.

Area Reservoir Statistics

The following provides information from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Southwest Colorado area reservoir statistics:

March 2015
February 2015
January 2015