A Message from Sally Ranney

Working for a sustainable future

Colorado’s headwaters regions straddle the Continental Divide and produce clean water that flows into states as far away as California and Mississippi as well as Mexico. Population growth produces steadily increasing demand for this vital resource while climate change threatens its sustainability. At the same time, mineral extraction threatens to damage this natural resource beyond repair.

Combined with corporate and political shortsightedness, these issues represent the most serious threat Colorado's headwaters have ever faced. Colorado Headwaters represents the culmination of grass-roots efforts by citizens residing in these critical areas to protect and preserve the lands and ecosystems that sustain our clean water resources. Please explore our website and help us protect the future of our communities, businesses and industries.

Headwaters – a vital resource

A stated goal of Colorado's Water Plan is “a thriving environment that includes healthy watersheds, rivers, streams and wildlife.” Healthy headwaters – tributary streams, intermittent streams and spring seeps – are essential to the health of stream and river ecosystems. Healthy headwaters supply organic matter that contributes to the growth and productivity of higher organisms, including fish. Healthy headwaters also help keep sediment and pollutants out of the stream system’s lower reaches. Protecting these streams with riparian buffer zones and protecting and restoring the watersheds in which they arise will provide benefits vital to the health and well-being of Colorado’s water resources and its residents.

Headwaters ecosystems support agriculture.
Headwaters ecosystems support agriculture.
An example of a healthy headwaters stream.
An example of a healthy headwaters stream.

Next Steps...

While we live, work and play in this amazing part of the country, we cannot win the fight to protect these special places without your help. Please consider supporting our efforts with your time, expertise or tax-deductible financial assistance. Thank you!