Colorado Water Knowledge is sponsored by the Colorado State University Water Center and the Colorado Water Institute. The Water Center is dedicated to catalyzing excellence in water research, teaching and engagement at CSU by fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and scholarship. The Colorado Water Institute serves to connect all of Colorado’s higher education expertise to the research and educational needs of Colorado water managers and users.

Despite Colorado’s arid climate, the state holds headwaters for four major rivers (the Rio Grande, Arkansas, South Platte and Colorado), plus many tributaries, smaller streams, lakes and reservoirs. Thus, water conservation, politics, quality and other factors are all important for understanding the complexity of water issues in Colorado. Colorado Water Knowledge offers basic water facts and background information to aid in the understanding of Colorado water systems.