2023 Colorado Water Plan

The Colorado Water Plan provides a framework for helping Colorado meet its water challenges through collaborative action around water development and water conservation. The plan includes a range of collaborative partner actions that stakeholders can advance through grant funding & local projects, as well as specific actions the Colorado Water Conservation Board and other agency partners will commit to in order to advance the plan. The plan guides future decision-making and supports local actions to address water challenges with a collaborative, balanced, and solutions-oriented approach that builds resilience.

The Colorado Water Plan uses state-of-the-art data and tools to analyze the state’s water issues, including adapting to aridification and climate change, embracing innovative ideas and new technology that align with Colorado’s evolving water goals. The Plan includes four main focus areas that work together for a stronger state: Vibrant Communities, Robust Agriculture, Thriving Watersheds, and Resilient Planning.

Colorado Water Plan grants support a range of multi-beneficial projects for water storage, water conservation, the water-land use nexus, agricultural efficiency, water education and awareness, watershed health, and outdoor recreation. The Colorado Water Plan’s focus areas will address overlapping themes to address identified risks and challenges: funding, supply, equity, climate change, land use planning, storage, efficiency, education, and forest health.

Please commit to taking action and share your own stories of water resilience.


The Colorado Water Plan provides a framework for helping Colorado meet its water challenges through collaborative action around water development and water conservation. The plan includes a range of collaborative partner actions that stakeholders can advance through grant funding & local projects, as well as specific actions the Colorado Water Conservation Board and other agency partners will commit to in order to advance the plan. The plan guides future decision-making and supports local actions to address water challenges with a collaborative, balanced, and solutions-oriented approach that builds resilience.

The Colorado Water Plan uses state-of-the-art data and tools to analyze the state’s water issues, including adapting to aridification and climate change, embracing innovative ideas and new technology that align with Colorado’s evolving water goals. The Plan includes four main focus areas that work together for a stronger state: Vibrant Communities, Robust Agriculture, Thriving Watersheds, and Resilient Planning.

Colorado Water Plan grants support a range of multi-beneficial projects for water storage, water conservation, the water-land use nexus, agricultural efficiency, water education and awareness, watershed health, and outdoor recreation. The Colorado Water Plan’s focus areas will address overlapping themes to address identified risks and challenges: funding, supply, equity, climate change, land use planning, storage, efficiency, education, and forest health.

Please commit to taking action and share your own stories of water resilience.


  • Public Comment Period Now Closed

    After hosting and attending events in every Colorado county, and receiving thousands of comments submitted both in-person and online, the 90-day public comment period for the draft 2023 Colorado Water Plan (Water Plan) is now closed. Many thanks to those who participated. Our team is now in the process of reviewing submitted comments and the final Water Plan is set to be released in January 2023.

  • 2023 Colorado Water Plan Released for Public Comment

    The 2023 Water Plan draft was made available online and each county seat had a physical copy of the plan for a 90-day public review from June 30, 2022 - September 30, 2022. Staff collected comments at various events, and through the four virtual listening sessions (recordings available on CWCB's YouTube Channel.

    The final 2023 Colorado Water Plan will be completed at the end of 2022 and is expected to be adopted by the CWCB as a state document in early 2023.

Page last updated: 16 Nov 2022, 01:28 PM