Core Values

From May 2013 until December 2015, TU and its OCR program called on Coloradans to support the Core Values. Thousands of concerned citizens responded, and today the Core Values are strongly integrated into the Colorado Water Plan. These values are critically important because smart water management and protection of healthy rivers and communities on the West Slope of Colorado are essential to our way of life.

Cooperation, Not Conflict:  Work together to ensure the Colorado River is able to meet our diverse needs, from agriculture to recreation and tourism. Cooperation is the key to sustaining our present and growing our future.

Protect Our Quality of Life: Maintain our open spaces through a vigorous agricultural sector and ensure that our rivers and streams are flowing and healthy.

Modernize Irrigation: Upgrade our aging irrigation infrastructure systems to make them more productive, economical, and habitat-friendly.

Innovative Management:  Explore new ways to meet our water supply needs through innovative conservation and management practices.

Keep Our Rivers at Home:  Leave water in its home basins and oppose new, large scale,  river-damaging transbasin diversions of water from the Colorado River to the Front Range.