Colorado Water Rights

Understanding Water Rights:

The laws defining water rights and the institutions involved in water resources allocation represent the framework for managing water resources in the United States. Water rights and water allocation programs in the US have largely been the provinces of the states. At this time, there is no national water rights system.

Water Facts


  • Three-quarters of the Earth's surface is covered with water, yet 98 percent is salt water and not fit for consumption.
  • Less than one percent of all the water on Earth is freshwater available for human consumption.



New Partnership Addresses Woody Invasives in the San Juan Watershed

Kid's Corner

Howdy Kids!! Are you looking for information about water? You've come to the right place. Listed below are many links to great sites which provide information, games, project ideas, images and more.

Invasive Species

For more information on this important topic, visit some of the following websites:

Don't Move a Mussel! 

Protect Your Waters

The 100th Meridian

Discover Water

Discover Water (Interactive)

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Brochures & Educational Materials

The following Water Information Program brochures are available for download:

Ditches and Diversions

Gravel Pits, Livestock Tanks, and Ponds

Basin Facts

- According to the Colorado Water Conservation Boards’ Statewide Water Supply Initiative Studies, the Dolores/San Juan/San Miguel River Basin is projected to experience an increase in municipal and industrial (M&I) and self-supplied industrial (SSI) water demand of 18,800 acre-feet (AF) by 2030.

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