The Colorado State University Water Resources Archive uses $50,000 from the CWCB to double the size of their digital database


Here’s the link to the webpage. From email from the Archive:

Colorado’s Water Heritage Preserved Online

The Colorado State University Water Resources Archive recently completed a year-long project to improve free, online access to materials related to water supply and law in Colorado. Using a $50,000 grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), the Archive electronically scanned over 30,000 documents and doubled the size of its digital database.

The Water Resources Archive is Colorado’s only repository dedicated specifically to preserving the history of water in the state and the American West. Its online holdings now cover over a century of water history and provide access to the studies, debates, and legislative deals that have made Colorado’s water laws what they are today. Most of the documents in the Archive are unique and unavailable elsewhere. Online access to these materials is intended to aid those who do not have the time or money to travel to Fort Collins to view documents but want to educate themselves about water.

Archival materials documenting groundwater issues and interstate river compacts were the focus of the digitization project. Online patrons can now examine data sheets, reports, letters, and drafts of laws focused on but not limited to the Arkansas, Rio Grande, and South Platte river basins. There are also speeches, meeting minutes, newsletters, and maps. Additionally, several thousand images of dams and waterways in the western United States and around the world are now online. Digitized items can be found by visiting the Water Resources Archive website at

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