Press Release

Polis Administration in Partnership with the Legislature Makes Significant Strides to Advance State Energy Goals and Enhance Water, Wildlife, & Outdoor Recreation Resources

This year, the Colorado General Assembly and Governor Polis once again made clear that conserving our state’s natural resources is a priority for Coloradans.The legislature approved more than $90 million in investments and advanced landmark legislation that works to protect sensitive species and habitats, conserve land and water resources, and facilitate nation-leading, sustainable energy production that carves the path to meeting the goals of Colorado’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Roadmap.

Governor Polis Announces Wildfire Mitigation and Forest Health Management Grants for Colorado Communities

Governor Jared Polis and Colorado Department of Natural Resources Executive Director Dan Gibbs were joined by state leaders, legislators, youth corps members, and water providers to announce an additional investment of $6.5 million in grants from Colorado’s Strategic Wildfire Action Program (COSWAP) for on-the-ground forest mitigation work and landscape scale watershed projects throughout Colorado.

A Future With Certainty: Colorado River Commissioner Speaks on Tough Road Ahead for Post-2026 Negotiations 

Rebecca Mitchell, Colorado’s Upper Colorado River Commissioner, spoke to a sold-out crowd at the Colorado Water Congress's Annual Convention in Aurora, CO this week. She shared an update on the state’s negotiation positioning, and the reality of difficult roads ahead, as the states and Tribal Nations work to find sustainable solutions for 40 million people who rely on the Colorado River in the arid southwest.

CO DNR Announces Job Opening for Division of Water Resources Director & State Engineer, Retirement of Kevin Rein

The Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today the job opening for the Director of the Colorado Division of Water Resources (DWR), a position that also functions as the State Engineer. After twenty-five years of distinguished State service, including six years in this role, Kevin Rein retired in December 2023. DNR Executive Director Dan Gibbs named Tracy Kosloff the interim DWR Director and Acting State Engineer through the duration of the search.