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Water in Colorado

Updated 2023-04-14
  • Acequias

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    Some farmers in the San Luis Valley still irrigate their fields with water from acequias—community-operated ditches with origins that reach back to Moorish Spain. Colorado’s rich water history has left a legacy of water-related culture and laws throughout the American West.
  • Eagle River

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    The Colorado River and its tributaries, including the Eagle River shown here, are vital resources that support agriculture, industry, cities, recreation, and the environment on the West Slope and the East Slope of the state of Colorado, as well as in eighteen downstream states and Mexico. Unlimited demands on limited water supplies can result in conflict—but can also lead to collaborative agreements. With population growth and climate change projected to create a widening gap between water supply and demand, compromise between competing parties becomes increasingly important.
    Eagle River
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