By , December 3, 2009

Welcome to SWCD

The Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD) was created by the State of Colorado to protect, conserve, use and develop the water resources of the Southwestern basin for the welfare of the District, and to safeguard for Colorado all waters of the basin to which the state is entitled.  It is one of four Conservation Districts in the state.  Read More About Us Here!

2017 Water Legislation

The Colorado General Assembly convened on January 11. SWCD provides regular updates on water-related legislation. Click here to read the most recent report.

Missed the Water 101 Seminar? Not to Worry!

Water 101, put on by the Water Information Program, 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! More than 50 people stayed the second half-day to hear more specifics on Colorado compacts and the water court process. The course also provided continuing education credits for realtors and attorneys, of which there were several.

Below are presentations from the seminar:

ALP Project (Behery)

Animas Watershed Partnership (Oliver)

Bureau of Reclamation (Miller)

Compacts (Whitehead)

Division of Water Resources

Justice Hobbs (The Water Ditch)

Justice Hobbs (Water 101)

Justice Hobbs (Water 201)

US Army Corps of Engineers (Hellige)

Water Bank (Lile)

Water Court Process (Harris-Simpson)

Water Plan (Whitehead)

Water Quality (Butler)

21st Annual Children’s Water Festival A Success!

More than 750 fifth graders attended this year’s Children’s Water Festival, an educational day sponsored by SWCD. The event–made possible by more than 100 volunteers–was held at Ft. Lewis College on May 4. Click here to see photos and read more!

Nearly 200 Attended 2016 Annual Water Seminar

More than 190 people attended SWCD’s Annual Water Seminar on Friday, April 1 in Durango. This year’s theme was “75 Years: Using the Lessons Learned.” To review the presentations and program, click here.

What is the Colorado Water Plan?

The final water plan is now available for download! In May 2013, Governor Hickenlooper issued an Executive Order directing the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to develop Colorado’s Water Plan. Based on eight years of dialogue among local water leaders around the state (members of the Basin Roundtables), the plan is designed to address statewide concerns about growing demands for our water supply, while still upholding Colorado values. Click here to download a quick fact sheet on the plan and next steps. Or watch a short video. Southwest Colorado has a somewhat unique water situation, with the presence of two sovereign nations (the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe) and Colorado River interstate compact deliveries to New Mexico. In cooperation with the Southwest Basins Roundtable, SWCD produced a document of guiding principles to use in development of the state water plan: Southwest Colorado Statement of Importance. For more information about the water plan and the Southwest Basin Roundtable, click here.

Grant Program

Southwestern Water Conservation District actively supports water-related projects and programs throughout the District’s nine counties. Ongoing support is given to organizations whose work greatly impacts our water resources.  For information on our programs and funding opportunities, please click here.

SWCD Board Meetings

All meetings are open to the public. Regular Board of Director Meetings are in February, April, June, August, October, and December.  In addition to regular board meetings, the Board meets via teleconference every other week during the Colorado Legislative Year (mid January – mid May) to review water-related legislation. For the meeting schedule, click here. To sign up to receive upcoming meeting agendas via email, please call 970-247-1302 or email lauras@swwcd.org.

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