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Protecting Historic Water Rights
in the
South Platte River Basin


Legacy Water is a non-profit corporation dedicated to:

  • Developing consensus among South Platte River Basin stakeholders on policies protecting the historic water rights in the region

  • Educating the public and policymakers about issues relating to agricultural and municipal water rights

  • Supporting legislation that is consistent with Legacy Water's mission



Legacy Water works with a large coalition of water providers, farmers, and water users to develop ways to update and clarify statutes pertaining to water administration and water rights. 

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) recently updated the rules regarding Instream Flows and Natural Lake Levels and Recreation In-Channel Diversions (RICD).

Please click here for more information and to read about the Instream Flow and RICD rules changes. 

Click here
to see the results of bills supported by Legacy Water and introduced to the Colorado Legislature.
News Digest

Public Education

In Colorado, Water Rights are Real Property Interests.

Read these Water Law & Real Estate Transaction Bulletins Produced by Land Title Guarantee Company to Learn More:
Part I & Part II

We encourage you to visit the below links and use Water Education Colorado's informative "Citizen's Guides" to educate yourself on the history and intricacies of Colorado's water law. 


These can be viewed as "Online Magazines" or are available for purchase in hardcopy.

We also recommend the book Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers as a tool to learn about Colorado's unique water rights legal system. 

Legacy Water is a proud supporter of the Subsurface Irrigation Efficiency Project (SIEP).

Click here to learn more about this important project.


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