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.

RFQ for Water Information Program Coordination

SWCD invites interested individuals and firms to submit a statement of qualifications to provide professional services for coordination of the Water Information Program. Submittals will be accepted via email ([email protected]) until 5:00pm, Monday, December 19, 2016.


Missed Water 101? Catch up on the presentations here!

Water 101 was a hit this year, with at least 75 people in attendance for a full day at the La Plata County Fairgrounds. Retired Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs was the keynote speaker, accompanied by many federal, state, and local entity speakers who described their role in water management. The pilot Water 202 was also well-received!


Water Video: A Seuss-Like Tale

See Jeff Lukas' explanation of Colorado water in a clever, Seuss-Like video


Job Announcement: Animas River Campaign Coordinator (Durango, CO)

The San Juan Citizen's Alliance is looking to hire a full-time Animas River Campaign Coordinator. Application deadlien is 10/31/16. Visit their website for a full job description.


Latest Newsletter Now Available!

Check out the latest WIP newsletter for events, news, and updates (plus our cartoon)!


***BLM’s Uncompahgre Resource Management Plan Available for public comment!***

Public comments are being taken for the BLM’s Uncompahgre Resource Management Plan (RMP). The plan covers 675,000 surface acres within the Uncompahgre Planning Area.


***VIDEO & June 22-23rd Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop on the Animas River a Huge Success!***

The 5th Annual Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop was a huge success! It was conducted June 22-23, 2016, once again back on the Animas and Florida Rivers. The Water Information Program cosponsored the workshop with Fort Lewis College, Mountain Studies Institute, and San Juan Mountains Association. In addition, it was generously funded through a grant with the Southwestern Water Conservation District. The training session filled to capacity with 16 participants/teachers, as well as 6 facilitators, and numerous guest experts and speakers. 


Animas River Community Forum Public Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AnimasRiverCommunity in an effort to help the Animas River Community Forum (ARCF).


2017 Legislative Updates

The Southwestern Water Conservation District provides legislative updates from the Colorado Water Congress State Affairs meetings as a service to those interested in water related legislation during the current session.


Forests-to-Faucets Story Maps Now Available!

Beginning in 2012, the Water Information Program (WIP), in conjunction with Mountain Studies Institute (MSI) and the San Jan Mountains Association (SJMA), plus financial support from the Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD), University of Colorado, and Trout Unlimited, conducted Forests-to-Faucets (F2F) teacher training workshops in the Dolores/San Juan River Basin of southwest Colorado. The goal of the workshops was to train teachers in the basin about the importance and interconnection of healthy watersheds to area water supplies. In 2012 the F2F workshop, which are two days of intensive field training, focused on the Animas River. We started at the top of the watershed in Silverton and by the end of the second day, worked our way down to the Durango water and wastewater treatment plants. The same concept was followed in 2013 on the San Juan River in Archuleta County, and 2014 on the Dolores River in Montezuma County. In 2015 the approach was changed to include a series of model, or demonstration lessons in area classrooms, and to develop web-based story maps to put the 2012 to 2014 field trainings and curriculum into a geographic context. A story map is a way of combining GIS mapping technology with photos and narrative text to create an informational story. We are pleased to announce that these story maps are now available and can be accessed though MSI’s website (www.mountainstudies.org/foreststofaucets/).


Presentations Now Available from the October 23rd Water and Land Use Planning Session (Durango, CO)

Many groups are calling for land-use planning to play a larger role in the Colorado Water Plan, emphasizing that growing cities should incorporate water conservation in their land planning decisions.