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History of the Arkansas River Basin Water Forum

ARBWF 2009The first Arkansas River Basin Water Forum was held in 1995 in Pueblo. The Forum was developed as a means to bring together the diverse water interests to explain their views and engage in open dialogue about water issues in the basin. Through this dialogue, the Forum seeks to create a greater understanding of Colorado water law, water use and water conservation. Through the Forums, a wider understanding of water issues has evolved and along with it the opportunity to find common ground.

Since 1995 the Forum has been held each year, generally alternating between the upper and lower basins. Each year a committee of dedicated people comes together to sponsor and host the Arkansas River Basin Water Forum. Attendance at the Forum varies from 125 to 200 people with greater attendance when the Forum is held centrally in the basin.

Forum Objectives

The Arkansas River Basin Water Forum serves as a conduit for information about the Arkansas River Basin in Colorado, and for issues related to water allocation and management.

The objective of the Forum is to promote open dialogue among water users and the general public, thereby creating a greater understanding of Colorado water law, beneficial water use, and principles of water conservation.

Through this dialogue, the Forum seeks to find common ground between the primary water users in the basin. The Forum particularly targets agricultural, municipal, industrial, environmental, recreational, and governmental interests in the basin.

The Forum is a friendly, constructive medium where individuals and organizations are able to explain their views and engage in open dialogue with other water users in the basin.

Through past Forums, a wider understanding of water issues has evolved. We hope this greater knowledge contributes toward management decisions that serve the common good for all who call the Arkansas River Basin their home.