A New Normal? Colorado Offers Impressive Drought Info Portal

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“The new normal. What exactly does that mean? Ask a Colorado farmer and you are likely to hear a common word: dry,” reads the agricultural “drought stories” section of an interactive information portal created by the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Colorado Department of Agriculture and Colorado State University.

In its “interactive drought tour,” visitors to the site can click on pins marked throughout the state’s map and discover relevant news stories from ranchers, growers and other agricultural producers about how the drought is affecting their enterprises and what they are doing.

Colorado Virtual Drought Tour
Screenshot of the Colorado Virtual Drought TourOpens in a new tab.


The Colorado Water Conservation DistrictOpens in a new tab. offers an impressive public outreach at its “engage” website, with a schedule of upcoming meetings and workshops, information on the State’s water management plan, municipal and agricultural drought impact reports and a possible demand management strategy.

Created over 80 years ago and almost fully self-funded, the Colorado Water Conservation DistrictOpens in a new tab. represents each major water basin in the state, the Denver Metro Area, and other state agencies in a joint effort to use water wisely and protect the State’s water for future generations.  Excluding the Denver Metro Area, the eight major water basins represented by the District include:

  • South Platte
  • Arkansas
  • Rio Grande
  • Southwest
  • Gunnison
  • Colorado
  • Yampa/White/Green
  • North Platte

Founding Legislation:  Colorado Water for the 21st Century ActOpens in a new tab.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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