How Front Range water usage is sucking the life out of the upper Colorado.
Don't Let the Colorado go Down the Drain
The Upper Colorado River is one of the West’s most iconic—and most at risk—rivers. Today, 60% of the Colorado’s water is diverted from its headwaters to the sprawling cities and suburbs of the Front Range. Only a trickle is left for fish, wildlife, recreation and the small headwaters communities.
Water providers now want to divert more water—80% of the flow.
Without additional measures to protect the river and the wildlife that depends on it, this could have devastating effects.
Join the fight to protect the river and our Colorado way of life. Let the powers that be know we will not sit quietly while the Colorado and Fraser rivers are sucked nearly dry.
Filling the Gap
A strategy for meeting Front Range water demands to 2050 while protecting Front Range streamflows and avoiding further West Slope diversions. Published in February 2011 this report is a collaborative effort of Western Resource Advocates, Trout Unlimited and the Colorado Environmental Coalition. Download »
Defend the Colorado is a coalition of concerned citizens working in cooperation with Colorado Trout Unlimited and other responsible organizations who care about the future of the Colorado River. Learn more »