Colorado Water Conservation Board

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) was created nearly 80 years ago to provide policy direction on water issues. The CWCB is Colorado’s most comprehensive water information resource. The agency maintains expertise in a broad range of programs and provides technical assistance to further the utilization of Colorado’s waters.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) represents each major water basin, Denver and other state agencies in our joint effort to use water wisely and protect our water for future generations.

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Rebecca Mitchell

Director of Colorado Water Conservation Board

Portrait of Rebecca Mitchell

As director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Becky leads the state's water policy and planning efforts. Becky joined the CWCB in 2012, and for five years served as the Section Chief for the agency's Water Supply Planning Section before her selection as CWCB director in July of 2017.

Mitchell played an instrumental part in working with the state's Basin Roundtables, the Interbasin Compact Committee, the public at large and CWCB staff in producing Colorado's Water Plan following Gov. John HIckenlooper's executive order in 2013 directing CWCB to facilitate the development of the plan. Mitchell has also served as the Water Policy and Issues Coordinator within the Colorado Department of Natural Resources' executive director's office.

Before joining DNR, Becky worked in both the public and private sectors as a consulting engineer. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the Colorado School of Mines.

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Colorado Water Conservation Board

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) dates to 1937, and was created to provide policy direction on water issues. The CWCB is Colorado's most comprehensive water information resource. The CWCB's responsibilities range from protecting Colorado's streams and lakes to water conservation, flood mitigation, watershed protection, stream restoration, drought planning, water supply planning and water project financing. The CWCB also works to protect the state's water apportionments in collaboration with other western states and federal agencies.

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Interbasin Compact Committee

The Authority is a quasi-governmental organization created by state statute to provide low cost financing of water related infrastructure projects to municipalities and special districts. Tax-exempt government bonds are issued and are coupled with federal government grants to provide the capital necessary to offer low interest rate loans. The Authority is comprised of a total of 11 staff, including 5 employees in the accounting department. Four distinct financing programs are operated to meet the needs of borrowers. The Authority's operations are funded by its programs, and are not dependent upon state appropriations.

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