Did You Know?

Everyone lives in a watershed!

A watershed is a drainage basin that collects precipitation which eventually drains to a common water body (e.g., stream, lake, wetland). Precipitation in a watershed may also sink into the earth to become groundwater. Depending on where you live, most of the water you drink comes from watersheds!





Community Data & Information

Tom Verquer, a board member of the Colorado Farm Bureau and the Purgatoire River Water Conservancy District Board, says...

“I am pleased to see that operators are going to gather data that will help local users and regulatory bodies better understand the quality and quantity of water in the Purgatoire River. Since our local community has a high number of landowners who irrigate with or access this water for livestock operations, we are interested in being able to see the data via real-time and put that information to use in our own operations.”




Purgatoire Watershed Partnership

The Purgatoire Watershed Partnership, a group that has been in the works for more than two years, is making strides in its effort to becoming an established watershed group. The group is comprised of stakeholders with diverse interests who have come together to form a cooperative partnership to work towards the conservation, protection and enhancement of their water resources. Read More...



Click on the links below to learn more about the Volunteer and Automated Rain Gauge Programs

Automated Rain Gauge Program

Volunteer Rain Gauge Program


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How the Watershed Monitoring Program Works

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