By , December 3, 2009

Welcome to SWCD

The Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD) was created by the State of Colorado to protect, conserve, use and develop the water resources of the Southwestern basin for the welfare of the District, and to safeguard for Colorado all waters of the basin to which the state is entitled.  It is one of four Conservation Districts in the state.  Read More About Us Here!

SWCD Board Passes Resolution in Support of Amendment 71

At their board meeting on October 11, the SWCD board passed a resolution in support of the Amendment 71, Initiative 96, “Raise the Bar, Requirements for Initiated Constitutional Amendments.” The ballot initiative asks voters to hold our state’s constitution to a higher standard by mandating minimum signature requirements with geographic diversity of 2% of voters in all 35 State Senate Districts, and increasing the threshold for voter approval from 50% to 55% in order to amend the Colorado Constitution. Read the full resolution here.

21st Annual Children’s Water Festival A Success!

More than 750 fifth graders attended this year’s Children’s Water Festival, an educational day sponsored by SWCD. The event–made possible by more than 100 volunteers–was held at Ft. Lewis College on May 4. Click here to see photos and read more!

Nearly 200 Attended 2016 Annual Water Seminar

More than 190 people attended SWCD’s Annual Water Seminar on Friday, April 1 in Durango. This year’s theme was “75 Years: Using the Lessons Learned.” To review the presentations and program, click here.

What is the Colorado Water Plan?

The final water plan is now available for download! In May 2013, Governor Hickenlooper issued an Executive Order directing the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to develop Colorado’s Water Plan. Based on eight years of dialogue among local water leaders around the state (members of the Basin Roundtables), the plan is designed to address statewide concerns about growing demands for our water supply, while still upholding Colorado values. Click here to download a quick fact sheet on the plan and next steps. Or watch a short video. Southwest Colorado has a somewhat unique water situation, with the presence of two sovereign nations (the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe) and Colorado River interstate compact deliveries to New Mexico. In cooperation with the Southwest Basins Roundtable, SWCD produced a document of guiding principles to use in development of the state water plan: Southwest Colorado Statement of Importance. For more information about the water plan and the Southwest Basin Roundtable, click here.

Grant Program

Southwestern Water Conservation District actively supports water-related projects and programs throughout the District’s nine counties. Ongoing support is given to organizations whose work greatly impacts our water resources.  For information on our programs and funding opportunities, please click here.

SWCD Board Meetings

All meetings are open to the public. Regular Board of Director Meetings are in February, April, June, August, October, and December.  In addition to regular board meetings, the Board meets via teleconference every other week during the Colorado Legislative Year (mid January – mid May) to review water-related legislation. For the meeting schedule, click here. To sign up to receive upcoming meeting agendas via email, please call 970-247-1302 or email lauras@swwcd.org.

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