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    Read Staff Attorney, Zach Smith's, contribution about water sharing between irrigation and instream flows for the Colorado Foundation of Water Education's blog.

    Western Rivers Conservancy plans to irrigate the land on this 214-acre ranch in Gunnison County AND use water to boost streamflows during dry times.

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    Members of the Colorado Water Trust staff & Board of Directors appear in this film about our state’s water heritage, screening in 11 cities across Colorado.

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    A new video showcases the City of Fort Collins' work at McMurry & North Shields Ponds, lowering unnaturally steep riverbanks & removing an abandoned dam.

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  • PHOTOS: Riverbank 2015

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    Colorado Water Trust Board of Directors congratulate David Getches Flowing Waters Awardee, Alamosa RIVERKEEPER's Cindy Medina (PHOTO CREDIT: Chris Ainscough)

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Pioneering New Tools: First Water Conservation Program

A new partnership between the Water Trust and a water user, Witt Caruthers, on Willow Creek was featured in a recent article in The Denver Post. The project uses another never-before-used tool, this time one created by the state legislature in 2013 to allow a water user to cut back on use without incurring century-old legal penalties. The specific location, priority and other details of these water rights matched the intention of the protections created under Senate Bill 2013-019 and made it a model project to pilot this unused, new mechanism that will conserve flows and protect the fishery in Willow Creek and the Colorado River by ceasing diversions during certain low flow conditions.

One of the owners, Witt, had this to say about the project: "Colorado's water system created an incentive to use our water even in times when it's not absolutely necessary. When you're under that pressure to use it or lose it, you're almost forced to abuse it. That's to the detriment of all," Caruthers said.

He and his partners turned to the Colorado Water Trust to take advantage of the new law. Without it, he said, "You're caught between taking what you need and taking what you are entitled to."

Read the full article from The Denver Post to learn more about the first Water Conservation Program approved in the state.

What Can I Do with My Water?

What Can I Do with My Water?

Are you a water user wondering how you might use your water rights to restore flows in your local streams?  You’ve come to the right place.

The Colorado Water Trust team works with willing water users to improve streamflows in water-short streams.