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Request for Water Acquisitions Pilot Process

Voluntary water sharing arrangements or voluntary acquisitions of senior water rights, on a temporary or permanent basis, can help restore flows to rivers in need, sustain agriculture, and maximize beneficial uses of Colorado's water. 

View the Request for Water Acquisitions Pilot Process presentation by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and Colorado Water Trust at the January 24, 2018 Instream Flow Workshop at the Colorado Water Congress Annual Convention

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To make a preliminary
offer of water,
please complete the online 
Preliminary Offer Form

Or print and mail a copy of the
Offer Form to the Water Trust
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Informational Webinar

On Monday, April 2, 2018,
we hosted a free webinar for people to learn more about the Request for Water Acquisition Pilot Process. If you were unable to join us, the recording is available here.

Click here to watch the webinar!

Beginning in 2018, the Colorado Water Trust, in partnership with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), will pilot a Request for
Water Acquisitions Process: a streamlined approach to water
transactions to benefit the environment on streams throughout the state.

This new Request for Water Acquisitions Pilot Process has several goals:

  • To invite voluntary water offers from willing water rights owners to benefit streamflows

  • To provide a user-friendly mechanism for water rights owners to explore working with CWCB and the Colorado Water Trust on water acquisition transactions

  • To streamline transaction processes and utilization of resources

  • To facilitate implementation of Colorado’s Water Plan objectives

  • To add flows to river segments in need while coordinating with agricultural and other uses

This Pilot Process is confidential, completely voluntary and open to all water right owners, including agricultural, municipal, industrial, or other users.

Click on the links below for additional information:

Frisco Presentation.  Due to road closures and snowy passes, we know there were quite a few people who were unable to attend the RFWA 2018 presentation we did on March 28 that was hosted by the Blue River Watershed Group. The presentation is available here. For questions regarding this presentation, please email RFW2018@coloradowatertrust.org.

The deadline for submitting preliminary offers of water is April 30, 2018.

For questions or for more information about the process, email RFW2018@coloradowatertrust.org or call 720-570-2897.