Following wildfires, ecosystem restoration is critically important for watershed health. Long after the flames are out, land managers and community leaders continue to struggle with the impacts of wildfire on people and ecosystems. Colorado State Forest Service provides extensive research and guidelines for restoration and rehabilitation following a fire.
The Watershed Wildfire Protection Group (WWPG) was formed to identify hazards to water supplies from wildfires in Colorado. The WWPG promotes healthy watersheds by facilitating education and awareness, and facilitating prioritization, implementation and monitoring for people and wildlife.
RiverWatch is a statewide citizen science, volunteer water quality-monitoring network supported by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in partnership with the non-profit Earth Force, capable volunteers and others. This effort to monitor watershed health and utilize this high quality data to make informed decision to preserve and restore the condition of Colorado’s water.
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If your water contains contaminants that exceed safe drinking water standards, treatment methods are available for household use. Jeffco Public Health offers resources and information on inspecting and testing a private well water system. For testing kits, contact a private lab or the Colorado Department of Health & Environment.
Contact Environmental Health Services at Jeffco Public Health, 303-232-6301, for further assistance in determining whether treatment is desirable and, if so, what methods are available.
On-site wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) are an environmentally sound method of wastewater disposal in areas where public sewers are not available.
Jeffco Public Health provides resources on regulations, permitting, and tips for operating an OWTS. You can now get immediate access to septic system documents and records, including septic tank locations.
If you are serviced by Denver Water, you can access water quality reports, FAQs, and contamination information.
The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), part of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, provides a comprehensive water information resource. CWCB represents each major water basin, Denver and other state agencies in our joint effort to use water wisely and protect water for future generations. Their website provides information on Colorado’s Water Plan, best practices for water conservation through land use planning, and additional information on drought planning, climate change, and more.
For those serviced by Denver Water, water use and supply data, and environmental planning information are available online.
Additional resources can be found from Colorado WaterWise, which provides additional resources on water supply, rates, conservation, and watering information, as well as CSU Extension's Small Acreage Management program, which maintains a list of the latest guidelines on irrigation, rainwater collection, and water conservation for properties in Colorado.