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South Platte River near Sterling

The Colorado Division of Water Resources (DWR) administers the waters of the state and Colorado's water sharing agreements with other states. 

In order to control water effectively, a satellite monitoring system of gages on lakes, reservoirs, rivers, and streams has been set up throughout the state.  Please see the Hydrography and Satellite Monitoring System section for more information. 

For more information on Water Rights and Water Administration, please see the Water Rights section.  Additional information about Augmentation Plans, Produced Nontributary Ground Water (for oil and gas production), Well Use and Measurement Rules, Denver Basin and Designated Basins are found in the Ground Water Administration section.

To review interstate compacts for major rivers negotiated with surrounding states please see the Interstate Compacts section.  To review meeting minutes, draft rules and background materials for recent and ongoing rulemaking activities, please visit our Rulemaking and Advisory Groups section. 

For information on Dam Safety Design and Construction Standards, Emergency Preparedness Planning, and Safety of existing dams, visit our Dam Safety section.