Your homepage for Audubon and the Colorado Water Plan
American Dipper. Photo: Evan Barrientos
As a headwaters state, the value of Colorado’s rivers flows far beyond its boundaries. Healthy, flowing rivers support all water uses and users–both wildlife and people. Protecting rivers protects our economy, our birds, and our way of life, but their future is uncertain.
Water forecasts are concerning and, coupled with rapid population growth, put Colorado’s rivers and water supply at risk. Our water leaders need to take immediate steps to avoid the very real possibility of water shortages for both people and the environment. That’s why Audubon Rockies has been engaged in every step of Colorado's Water Plan– from drafting, to finalization in 2015, and onward into implementation.
The Colorado Water Plan contains actions that can improve river health and support clean, reliable drinking water for communities and flourishing economies. But, without sufficient and sustainable funding the Water Plan will stall. We can't delay funding its implementation any longer, especially actions found in the Plan that support healthy rivers, agriculture, water conservation, and water efficiency.
We are committed to protecting the health of Colorado’s rivers, ecosystems, and sustainable water supplies—values that benefit everyone. We are working across water interests to show that water connects rather than separates us. Together we can protect what makes Colorado so great: our rivers!
Explore the resources on this page to learn more about river health and conservation.
Green River Ranch. Photo: Abby Burk/Audubon Rockies
See how Coloradan ranchers are adapting to a drier future in this film.