The Colorado River Water Conservation District (River District) was created by the Colorado General Assembly in 1937. The River District provides legal and political representation for Western Colorado water interests. It also develops and assists others with the development of Western Colorado’s water resources. In general, the River District can appropriate water rights, litigate water matters, enter into contracts, operate projects and perform other functions as needed to meet the present and future water needs of the District.
What is the River District’s formal mission statement?crwcddev2021-01-18T23:10:38+00:00
To lead in the protection, conservation, use, and development of the water resources of the Colorado River basin for the welfare of the District, and to safeguard for Colorado all waters of the Colorado River to which the state is entitled.
How is the River District funded?crwcddev2021-01-18T23:17:01+00:00
The River District’s General Fund is funded by a property tax within the 15 Western Colorado counties we serve. Revenues for the River District’s Enterprise activities are primarily based on water sales, lease revenues and investment interest earnings.
When is your next board meeting?crwcddev2021-01-22T21:42:09+00:00
Charges vary depending on the water source (i.e., Colorado River water versus Eagle River water). Visit lease water for current pricing. Standard application fee $400 and $800 if River District is required to file a Statement of Opposition.
How long is the term of my contract?crwcddev2021-01-22T20:07:31+00:00
We offer Interim contracts for periods of 5 years or less and Full Term contracts for more than 5 years to a maximum of 40 years. Full Term contracts have a right to renew option for an additional 35 years.
Where does the water originate?crwcddev2021-02-10T21:32:03+00:00
The River District sells water from its reserves (developed or previously purchased). The water comes from Eagle Park Reservoir, Ruedi Reservoir and the District’s Wolford Mountain Reservoir. For a summary and description of the water rights held by the River District, please visit lease water.
How do I apply for a water supply contract?crwcddev2021-02-10T21:32:37+00:00
Our website has many resources internally as well as links to outside water agencies that provide information on key Colorado water issues such as Transmountain Diversions, Water Quality and Colorado Compact issues.