Colorado Water History: Home


Colorado is the Headwaters State. Four major rivers arise in its Rocky Mountains: the Colorado, the Rio Grande, the Arkansas, and the Platte. Because all of these flow out of Colorado to other states, competition over this limited supply takes place both within the state and across its borders.

The development and use of water, and the politics and law that accompany it, not to mention people and organizations with diverse needs, make for an interesting history. That history touches on agriculture, engineering, wildlife, recreation, and much more...

Researching to learn about and understand this complex history can be daunting! The resources presented in this guide will help you navigate Colorado water history.

This guide [still under development!] is brought to you by the Water Resources Archive, the best place in the state to begin learning about the history of Colorado's most precious resource.

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Patricia Rettig

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Morgan Library
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1019
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