On the second anniversary of the release of Colorado's Water Plan, a few key facts are unchanged: a swelling population is stretching our water supplies, evidence is mounting that climate change is already reducing flows on the Colorado River, and securing and sustaining Colorado's supply of clean, safe drinking water continues to be top of mind. But there is one important difference today, two years have passed to measure the plan's success in securing water for our communities, preserving our agricultural heritage, and protecting our rivers.

The multiyear process to develop Colorado's Water Plan engaged our state's farmers, ranchers, businesses, outdoor recreation companies and communities, proving the wide range of values and importance all Coloradans place on water. Of the 30,000 public comments submitted during drafting, the vast majority spoke to the importance of clean drinking water, increasing water conservation in our cities, improving river protection, and supporting flexible water policies that promote water sharing between farms and cities while protecting our state's proud agricultural heritage.

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