The Growing Water Smart program is helping rural and urbanizing communities integrate water and land use planning to better ensure their sustainability and resilience. Explore our resources and join the network of Growing Water Smart professionals scaling solutions to Colorado’s water challenges.

The Growing Water Smart Workshop has trained and helped leaders from communities serving 62% of Colorado’s residents craft action plans to integrate water and land use planning.

Their actions will help attain the goals of Colorado’s Water Plan to close an annual supply gap of between 250,000 and 750,000 acre feet/year and have 75% of Colorado residents living in communities that have incorporated water saving actions into land use planning. Many communities use our Follow up Technical Assistance to help implement their action plans.

Colorado Growing Water Smart Communities

CO Static Map May 2021



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Follow-Up Technical Assistance Funding

All past workshop participants are encouraged to apply for action plan implementation and support.

Applications are due October 15th

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Metrics Pilot Program

Two Colorado communities were selected to receive assistance in tracking  progress towards their goals and water-saving impacts of integrated land and water activities.

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Colorado Growing Water Smart Workshop

The next Growing Water Smart Workshop will be in San Luis Valley.


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Featured Resources


Webinar: How Water Smart are We? How to Conduct a Self-Assessment
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Webinar: Where to Start? 5 Approaches to Integrate Water and Land Use Planning
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Webinar: How to Talk about Climate Change and Resilience to Build Community Support. (Yes! It is possible!)
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