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Headwaters 2012

Headwaters 2012

This year, Colorado Water Trust supporters put water back into seven separate stream reaches, bolstering flows in over 190 miles of rivers and streams here in Colorado. 

That’s comparable to the length of the Colorado River from the headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park past the rapids and hot springs of Glenwood Canyon to Rifle.

We’re the group that helped them do it.

We care about Colorado’s rivers and streams.


During the fall of 2011, we told you that we were on a strategic path to restoring streamflows with a blueprint laid out before us.  We committed to focusing in on high priority stream segments, developing showcase projects, sharpening our tools, and creating more interest around instream flow work.  Our work in 2012 continues our progress in all areas of our strategic plan, in service to our mission.

In the midst of developing projects, we saw that much needed spring snows never materialized.  When streamflow forecasts projected below average to well below average flows in all Colorado basins, we couldn’t stand by and watch as rivers and streams went dry.  With unwavering support from our community, we built, launched, and successfully utilized a pilot water-leasing program, Request for Water 2012.  With generous funding, through the program, we were able to add water to over 190 miles of rivers and streams in Colorado this year.

Your year-end tax-deductible donation furthers innovative streamflow restoration work here in Colorado.

People like you were incredibly willing to contribute to Colorado’s rivers and streams when drought conditions highlighted how badly riparian ecosystems were in need of relief.  But most people don’t realize that many Colorado streams go dry even in average and good water years.  

Our state’s rivers and streams need our help every year.  CWT has developed the tools to restore the resources you care about: our rivers and streams.  Please help us keep at it by making a contribution to the Colorado Water Trust during Headwaters 2012, our end-of-year campaign.

Your investment helps us continue moving legally-protectable water into struggling stream reaches.  When we support  streams, fish win, bugs win, irrigators win, streams win, local economies win, and Colorado wins.

Why should you support the Colorado Water Trust with a year-end, tax-deductible contribution?  Take a look at some of our highlights in 2012:

  • El Pomar Foundation honors Colorado Water Trust with The Robert V. Menary Award for Excellence in Environmental Issues.
  • After five years in water court, Hat Creek celebrates streamflow success!
  • Strategic retirement bolsters instream flow rights on Hermosa Creek.
  • National Geographic Water Currents: National Geographic and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) are working to increase awareness of streamflow restoration in the Colorado River basin.  CWT friends and partners at BEF made National Geographic aware of CWT’s work.  Together, BEF and National Geographic contributed a total of $50,000 in funding for CWT’s Request for Water 2012 pilot water leasing program.  Sandra Postel of National Geographic Water Currents wrote this article, “How the Yampa River, and its Dependents, Survived the Drought of 2012.