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.

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.

WIP Fall 2014 Newsletter Now Available!

The Fall 2014 Water Information Program newsletter is now available!


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. 


***Public Comment Period Open Until October 20th for EPA Navigable Waters Rule***

Under the Clean Water Act definition of “Waters of the U.S” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S.

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.


2014 Legislative Updates

The following provides legislative updates for the 2014 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


Area Reservoir Statistics

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

August 2014
July 2014


The USGS Wants You as a 'Citizen Scientist'!

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is recruiting what it calls “citizen scientists” to share their observations of natural phenomena that will then be put into usable form. For more information and/or to sign up, visit their website.


Water Jobs

The following provides a listing of water related jobs: 

Extension Regional Water Specialist (Closes 11/13/14)
San Juan Watershed Group Planning and Outreach Coordinator (closes 11/1/14)


Colorado Weather Program Seeks Volunteers to Monitor Drought, Climate

Weather watchers are needed to help Colorado State monitor the ongoing drought and longer-term climate conditions. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, known as CoCoRaHS, is hoping to have at least one person per square mile recording observations along the Front Range, and as many as possible elsewhere in the state.


Water Use Audits Offered to Farmers!

Farmers consume nearly 90 percent of Colorado's water, and Colorado State University is offering ways for them to use it more efficiently. A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to CSU's Center for Agricultural Energy will pay for reduced-cost irrigation efficiency audits for growers with center pivot systems.