CWA Partnerships

CWA is founded on solid working relationships with our partners. We strive toward collaborative efforts to reach common goals and engage in innovative solutions in water sustainability through project implementation, roundtable discussions, workshops, forums, conferences and more. Together, we work addressing today's watershed issues. 


Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Nonpoint Source Program (NPS)

NPS promotes partnerships that will actively engage communities in the restoration and protection of waters impacted by nonpoint source pollution. Nonpoint source pollution is caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over and through the ground. As the runoff moves, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants, finally depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands and groundwater. In 2010, the Colorado Watershed Assembly received a contract with the Nonpoint Source Program to administer the Watershed Planning Services Program, which assisted local watershed groups throughout the state interested in developing a watershed plan eligible for funding from the EPA. This was the start of a partnership that continues today.

Colorado Water Conservation Board, Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund

The Colorado Water Conservation Board partners with CWA to manage the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund (CHRF). The fund was established jointly by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Water Quality Control Commission, in cooperation with the Colorado Watershed Assembly. CHRF helps support local watershed organizations in their efforts to provide clean water, protect habitat, and improve recreation and accessibility.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is a nationally recognized leader in conservation, outdoor recreation and wildlife management. The agency manages 42 state parks, all of Colorado's wildlife, more than 300 state wildlife areas and a host of recreational programs. CPW issues hunting and fishing licenses, conducts research to improve wildlife management activities, protects high priority wildlife habitat through acquisitions and partnerships, provides technical assistance to private and other public landowners concerning wildlife and habitat management and develops programs to understand, protect and recover threatened and endangered species. Regulations are established by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission.


Water Education Colorado

Water doesn’t take sides and neither does Water Education Colorado (WECo). As an independent voice, they play an active leadership role in understanding all perspectives and advancing balanced decision-making and outcomes. No matter background, status, or belief, water plays an important role in the life of every Coloradan. They hold true that everyone has a right to accurate, impartial, timely, and transparent information related to their water. WECo empowers Coloradans, from caring individuals to veteran water professionals, to learn and then boldly lead toward progress. 

Colorado Riparian Association

The Colorado Riparian Association (CRA) is actively working to study, design, and implement the best in riparian management and improvement practices. They are an engaged group of practitioners, policymakers, academics, and community members who are taking an active role in Colorado’s watershed health. Throughout the year they host and participate in a wide variety of events and you can often find their members out in the field, behind the lecturer’s podium, in the state capitol, or throwing a line in their waders. 

Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project

The Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project mission is to restore and conserve the historical functions and vitality of the Rio Grande in Colorado for improved water quality, agricultural water use, riparian health, wildlife and aquatic species habitat, recreation and community safety while meeting the Rio Grande Compact. They are working to improve the function of the Rio Grande in Colorado. 

The Greenway Foundation

The mission of The Greenway Foundation is to advance the South Platte River and its watershed as a unique environmental, recreational, cultural, scientific and historical amenity that uniquely links their community’s past with its future. Since 1974, The Greenway Foundation has led the effort to reclaim the South Platte River and its numerous tributaries from a virtual cesspool to a place of environmental and recreational pride. Today, The Greenway Foundation engages the people of Denver, Colorado through education programs, water resources, river enhancement projects, and more.

Colorado Section Society for Range Management

The Colorado Section Society for Range Management (SRM) is a professional society dedicated to supporting persons who work with rangelands and have a commitment to their sustainable use. Rangelands comprise almost one-half of all the lands in the world. They are extremely important to society for the goods and services they produce and for the ecological services they provide. SRM is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable management of rangelands for the benefit of current societies and for future generations.

Colorado Water Congress

The mission of the Colorado Water Congress is to initiate and advance programs to conserve, develop, administer, and protect the water resources of the State of Colorado. It was founded to address water issues by bringing water users from throughout Colorado together in a not for profit organization dedicated to a smooth-functioning, nonpartisan structure. They believe the state of Colorado's water shapes the future of the State. They provide an open forum to share information, form positions, and advocate for a strong, effective, and fair State water program. 

Colorado Rural Water Association

Colorado Rural Water brings together, certifies, and trains water and wastewater operators that serve small communities in Colorado. Being an active, rural water association in the nationwide industry, allows them to bring services to rural communities that might otherwise be out-of-reach to small providers. Their cost-friendly, easy access approach merges in-person and online resources to make CRWA a rural operators most valuable resource.


Colorado Water Quality Monitoring Council

The Colorado Water Quality Monitoring Council (CWQMC) mission is to facilitate water quality monitoring and seamless data sharing among all interested parties to characterize water quality in Colorado. They understand that many people are either collecting water quality data or examining data collected by others. Their goal is to make that process as easy as possible.

Southwestern Water Conservation District

The Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD) was created on April 16, 1941 by the Colorado General Assembly through House Bill #795 (Statute 37-47). The District is comprised of nine counties: Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, San Juan, San Miguel, and parts of Hinsdale, Mineral, and Montrose. Each Board of County Commissioners appoints a representative to the District Board of Directors, which meets bi-monthly. SWCD’s statutory authority is to protect, conserve, use and develop the water resources of the Southwestern basin for the welfare of the District, and safeguard for Colorado all waters of the basin to which the state is entitled. 

Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District

Northern Water is a public agency created in 1937 to contract with the federal government to build the Colorado-Big Thompson Project. The C-BT Project collects water west of the Continental Divide and delivers it to Northeastern Colorado for agricultural, municipal, domestic and industrial uses. Northern Water and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation jointly operate and maintain the C-BT Project. Besides operating and maintaining the C-BT Project, Northern Water also provides: Water conservation information, Weather & evapotranspiration information, Streamflow and reservoir level information, Water quality information, Environmental stewardship and Regional water supply planning. About 960,000 people live within Northern Water boundaries, which encompass 1.6 million acres in portions of eight counties: Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Sedgwick, Washington and Weld.

Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District

The Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District was formed in 1966 to provide legal authority to plan and construct water conservation projects in the Yampa Valley. Yamcolo and Stagecoach Reservoirs represent two major water conservation projects constructed by the District. The district boundaries includes most of Routt County and a portion of Moffat County. The District is governed by a board of nine directors. Upon instigation and certification as a district, Upper Yampa was able to collect a levy on general taxes from both Routt and Moffat County. The District is able to maintain its status as the guardian of critical water rights in the Yampa Valley. Through on-going efforts of the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District, residents and wildlife in the valley benefit greatly.

Lower Arkansas Water Conservancy District

In the November election of 2002, 64% of the voters in Pueblo, Otero, Crowley, Bent, and Prowers County approved an initiative to form the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District (LAVWCD). The seven members that make up the Board of Directors were appointed in December 2002 to initially serve one-year terms. The mission of LAVWCD is to acquire, retain and conserve water resources within the Lower Arkansas River. To encourage the use of such water for the socio-economic benefit of the District citizens. To participate in water-related projects that will embody thoughtful conservation, responsible growth, and beneficial water usage within the Lower Arkansas Valley, including the acceptance of conservation easements, with or without water.