A Special Project of the Colorado Water Congress

T he purpose of the Colorado Water Stewardship Project (CWSP) is to ensure that Colorado Water Congress (CWC) members and water stakeholders from around the state are prepared for any Public Trust Doctrine ballot initiatives that would disrupt ownership and management of Colorado’s water resources.

The Public Trust Initiative “would drop what amounts to a nuclear bomb on Colorado water rights and land rights,” and “would strip members of the public, cities, farms and families throughout this state of their most valuable economic interests.” — Justice Gregory Hobbs

Specifically, the project analyzes public understanding of the Doctrine and informs water stakeholders of the implications of a Public Trust Doctrine in Colorado. CWSP monitors all ballot filings and legal actions for a Public Trust Doctrine and challenges these to every possible extent.


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