For Colorado's rivers, communities, and local economies . . .

Just Add Water.

Our Impact

Since 2001, Colorado Water Trust has restored...

23.9

Billion Gallons of Water

73,242

Acre-feet

612

Miles of Colorado's Rivers

Help us ensure Colorado has enough water for our rivers and our people

Yampa River

The mission of Colorado Water Trust is to restore water to Colorado's rivers.

We are a home-grown, statewide 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Since 2001, we’ve restored 20.82 billion gallons of water to 600 miles of rivers and streams across the state. We work collaboratively with our partners so that our projects benefit both the people we work with and our rivers.

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Featured Projects

Upper Yampa River – Stagecoach Reservoir

Reservoir releases near Steamboat Springs, Colorado benefit multiple water users and the environment during periods of low flow in the Yampa River.

Little Cimarron River – McKinley Ditch

A groundbreaking split-season water sharing agreement between agriculture and the environment.

Colorado River – 15-Mile Reach

This project restores water to nearly 100 miles of the Colorado River, including the important 15-Mile Reach, home to threatened and endangered fish species, near Grand Junction.

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Congratulations to our third place Writing Conest winner, Samuel Lewis, for his piece Renewal.

About the author: Samuel is pursuing a PhD degree in fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology, generating interdisciplinary research that blends fisheries management and human dimension research on water issues of the Arid West. He currently lives in the Broomfield area and enjoys spending his free time along the banks of the South Platte River. #coloradowatertrust #justaddwater
We hope you’re enjoying the weather, whatever it’s doing near you! Thanks to one of our amazing volunteers for this awesome photo. 🌈💦 #coloradowatertrust #justaddwater
Congratulations to Angélica Breña, our 2nd place writing contset winner! Read her piece Canto porque el río suena on our blog. About the author: "I was born, raised, and a resident of Mexico City until 2010, when I went camping with my actual husband on his new property by mile 7 of the Frying Pan River Road. We continued during summer until we finished our small cabin in 2014. We live happily in this Valley and enjoy the river every single day. I am a Retired Literature professor and active in programs for the latinx community like Voices, Forest Conservancy volunteers, and Basalt Regional Library. I still love books and enjoy biking, hiking, kayaking, music, and salsa dancing."#coloradowatertrust #justaddwater
Every spring, Colorado Water Trust staff begin outreach to our project partners to analyze streamflow forecasts and determine which rivers will most likely be in need of water. This year, we are pleased to say that things are looking pretty good!  That said, we know that conditions can change at any time and a good spring forecast does not necessarily mean healthy flows during the dry summer and fall season. However, forecasts help us plan ahead and to raise funds to purchase or lease water if our rivers are in need. With that, please read our full streamflow forecast for 2024 on our blog. #coloradowatertrust #justaddwater
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