Imaged Document Search Tools
Imaged Documents (Laserfiche WebLink) allows access to search for scanned files by Template (Field). Review the How to Research by Template document for tips on how to best format searches to more efficiently locate records. The Division of Water Resources uses Laserfiche as our electronic document archive. We currently image 22 separate "Templates", such as Well Permit Information and Water Court documents, that contain over 1.5 million documents (please review our Template List at the bottom of this page).
Help using Laserfiche Weblink
When Weblink opens, the tool is set to allow you to query by Template. For best results, use the drop-down menu to select a Template you want and then use the fields that are shown below to specify the search criteria and click the Search button.
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Searching for Documents - The Search page allows the user to search by Template Fields, Text, and/or Document Name.
Document Viewer - The Document Viewer can display the image pages, text, metadata, and thumbnails of a selected document.
If no results are obtained, there may not be any documents that match your search, but first check your search criteria to ensure that there are not additional methods you can try. If you continue to have difficulties, contact Records Research for assistance by calling (303) 866-3581 or using our AskDWR Information Request Form.
DWR Document Disclaimer
Any of these original documents may and often do contain errors that are later corrected in our master database (see Data Search Tools to review this updated data). Therefore, the Colorado Division of Water Resources provides this data on an as is basis, without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, and the user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless DWR from any liability arising from the use of the content of these documents for any and all purposes.
|Abandonment Lists|Abandonment lists are lists organized in each Water Division containing those water rights that the Division Engineer, in consultation with the State Engineer, has determined to have been abandoned in whole or in part. The abandonment list, when concluded by judgment and decree, shall be conclusive as to the water rights determined to have been abandoned. Before reviewing historic records, please see our latest Abandonment Lists for 2011.
Consent Maps are maps submitted pursuant to the provisions of §37-90-137(8), C.R.S., whereby a municipality or quasi-municipality can claim deemed consent to the withdrawal of ground water underlying their service boundary in existence as of January 1, 1985.
|Dam Safety|The Division maintains dam construction documents, such as dam drawings/specifications and inspection reports on dams. Permission to view these documents is limited to individuals and businesses that have obtained prior written approval from the Dam Safety Chief. Refer to Homeland Security Act procedures for information on gaining access or contact Dam Safety personnel.
|Diversion Records|Published Annual Diversion Records should be obtained using the CDSS Structures(Diversion) search tools. If the period of record is incomplete, historical diversion record images may contain additional information. Diversion Record images contain Field books, Commissioner reports, and Annual Diversion Records containing diversion information for structures from the late 1800's to 1974.
Division Filing includes documents internal to, addressed to or sent from the Division of Water Resources. For Division 1, this is the most up to date place to retrieve Augmentation Plan and Substitute Water Supply Plan accounting. Currently, many historical documents have not been imaged. Division 3 has provided many Groundwater Forms online.
Geophysical logs are required for certain wells pursuant to Rule 9 of the Statewide Nontributary Ground Water Rules authorized by Section 37-90-137(4) C.R.S. Geophysical logs can be used to determine site specific aquifer conditions. Also visit the Online Ground Water (Other) Data Search Tools for physical information such as the aquifer(s) the well is completed in – top and bottom elevations, and thickness of sand as interpreted by DWR personnel.
Hearings are Court Case Files known as Groundwater Hearings and State Engineer Hearings. Documents included are findings, objections, exhibits, and other documents in the case. Groundwater cases are available beginning in 1954, and State Engineer cases are available beginning in 1943.
|Historical Court Actions|
Historical Court Actions are Miscellaneous Court Actions occurring in District Court related to ditches and reservoirs.
|Hydrography & Streamgaging|
Hydrography records online include recent discharge measurement field notes and station visit logs for various station locations in the state. This template does not yet contain all historical or daily documents.
|Map & Filing Statements|
A Map and Filing Statement is a map depicting a water structure and a legal statement that gives basic facts such as the original owner names, measurements, date when the structure was completed, date when water was first used, and water usage information.
|Official Tabulations (Water Rights)|Official tabulations show the current status of decreed water rights in order of seniority by major drainage. Before reviewing these historic documents, please review our page on Official Water Rights Tabulations.
|Pre-213 Worksheets|Pre-213 Worksheets are worksheets used to calculate the cylinder(s) of appropriation for wells that qualify under C.R.S. 37-90-137(5).
|Publications and Reports|
Publications and reports include Annual and Historical Biennial Reports of the Division Engineer and State Engineer Offices. These include statistics, such as number of wells permitted by year and general conditions for the year by river basin. Additional documents in this template include reports on streamflow, dam safety, surface water supply index, ground water conditions, etc.. Additional historic reports are being added regularly.
The Reference Library Template includes items pertinent to branches of the Division of Water Resources. Items may include special reference or technical reports, studies, books, articles, and legislation. Many new documents will be added to this template, including policies, procedures and guidelines.
|State Archive Inventory Lists|
State Archive Inventory index sheets are listings of all original documents and records that the State Engineer's Office has deposited with State Archives for storage.
|Straight Line Diagrams|
Straight Line Diagrams are graphical linear representations of structures and/or water rights for a given stream system, allowing a large amount of complex information to be observed at a glance.
Subdivision files contain information regarding each subdivision referral submitted by the counties.
|Substitute Water Supply Plans|
Substitute Water Supply Plans (SWSP’s) are the documents submitted to request a SWSP and the action taken by the State Engineer in the form of an approval or denial letter.
Water Court documents are copies of documents filed with Water Courts in the seven major drainage basins. Documents may include applications for water rights, statements of opposition, consultations, referee rulings, decrees, and others.
|Water Court Resumes|Water Court Resumes are notices of all applications, amended applications, and requests for corrections filed in the water court for a given month and year. Included are the names and addresses of applicants, descriptions of water rights involved, and rulings sought. For current Water Court Documents, visit the Water Court Homepage and select a Division to review Court Rulings, monthly Water Resumes and Archives.
|Well Permit Information|Well Permit Information is a compilation of documents including well applications, well permits for various uses, well construction reports, pump installation reports, ownership changes, maps/legal descriptions, etc. Please use our Well Permit Search Tool to locate the most updated information.