Watershed management

Watershed management

Watersheds are areas of land that contain a common set of streams and rivers that all drain into a single body of water, such as a river lake or reservoir.

Colorado Springs’ water infrastructure operates in 11 counties (more than 35,000 acres) within three of Colorado’s major river basins. Watershed planning and management is critical for ensuring adequate, high-quality water.

Multiple factors can threaten water supply, including:

  • Poor forest health conditions
  • Wildfire
  • Development infringement
  • Access demands
  • Security concerns
  • Well-head contamination risks
  • Invasive species
  • Threatened and endangered species
  • Changing regulations & requirements

Our watershed planning team was formed to address these and other challenges. It's a group of biologists, natural resource planners, raw water operators and environmental engineers working to protect our water supply by ensuring the health of watershed ecosystems in the Pikes Peak region and beyond. They aim to:

  • Collect and convey high quality drinking water.
  • Address the impacts of erosion, stormwater and potential sources of contamination.
  • Reduce the threat of high-severity wildfires.
  • Monitor water quality.
  • Minimize resource damage as a result of land uses.
  • Be proactive and dedicated stewards of our natural and cultural resources.​