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Water Resources: Policies & Laws

Describes the resources available on water relating to hydrology, geohydrology, water resource management and use, and water law in the West.

Recommended Databases

Use Start My Research on the library homepage and search for for 'Colorado Water Law' or use these databases specifically focusing on law:

Colorado Water Court

Water judges are district judges with jurisdiction in the determination of water rights, the use and administration of water, and all other water matters within the jurisdiction of the seven water divisions. There are also five regular court districts with Designated Ground Water Basins within their area and an appointed water judge. These comprise theColorado Water Court.

There are seven Water Divisions based upon river drainage in Colorado. Each water division is staffed with:

  • a division engineer, appointed by the State Engineer
  • a water judge, appointed by the Supreme Court
  • a water referee, appointed by the water judge; and
  • a water clerk, assigned by the district court.

Colorado Division of Water Resources (DWR)

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Water in and for Agriculture

Water for Cities

Water Quality