Colorado faces many challenges as it seeks to meet our water needs for the future.

Our state’s Water Plan encourages continuous planning at the local level.

Planning for the South Platte Basin

basins The South Platte Basin includes:

  • the Denver Metro Area as well as the cities of Boulder, Longmont, Broomfield, Loveland, Greeley, and Fort Collins. Together these areas account for over half of the state’s economic activity!
  • seven of the top ten food producing counties in the state
  • the state’s most-visited state parks where water is the main attraction.

Read more in the South Platte Basin section of the Colorado Water Plan.


The South Platte Basin Implementation Plan

The South Platte Basin Implementation Plan (SP-BIP) identifies needs and challenges facing this area based upon citizen input. These include:

  • Competition for water between residents, industry, and agriculture
  • Protection of watershed health for environmental and recreational economy
  • Availability of funds for new projects that seek to address these challenges

You can read more here:

Basin Roundtables

“To facilitate continued discussions within and between basins on water management issues, and to encourage locally driven collaborative solutions to water supply challenges, permanent basin roundtables are hereby created” –  Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act

The South Platte and the Metro Basin Roundtables have been tasked with ensuring that these needs are considered and that solutions are found. More information is available here:

The Roundtables want you to be part of the planning. We invite you to get involved!