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.

READ THE DRAFT PLAN (in English)

LEE EL BORRADOR DEL PLAN (en Español)

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 comment on the plan, 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.

READ THE DRAFT PLAN (in English)

LEE EL BORRADOR DEL PLAN (en Español)

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 comment on the plan, commit to taking action, and share your own stories of water resilience.


  • 2023 Colorado Water Plan Released for Public Comment

    The 2023 Water Plan draft will be available online and each county seat will have a physical copy of the plan for a 90-day public review from June 30, 2022 - September 30, 2022. Staff will be recording public comments through various events, and through the four virtual listening sessions:

    • Colorado Water Plan Listening Session: Wednesday, July 27 / 4:00 - 6:00 PM / Details

    • Colorado Water Plan Listening Session: Wednesday, August 10 / 4:00 - 6:00 PM / Details

    • Colorado Water Plan Listening Session: Thursday, September 1 / 4:00 - 6:00 PM / Details

    • Colorado Water Plan Listening Session: Wednesday, September 28 / 4:00 - 6:00 PM / Details

    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.

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