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Colorado Water Courts & the Counties Covered

The Water Right Determination and Administration Act of 1969 created seven water divisions based upon the drainage patterns of various rivers in Colorado. Water courts have jurisdiction in the determination of water rights, the use and administration of water, and all other water matters within the jurisdiction of the water divisions. Water court filings are reported annually since 1981.

Water Court Division One, Weld County Courthouse,
Greeley, CO
Division One consists of all lands in the state of Colorado in the drainage basins of the South Platte river, the Big Laramie river, the Arikaree river, the north and south forks of the Republican river, the Smokey Hill river, Sandy and Frenchman creeks, and streams tributary to said rivers and creeks.

Water Court Division Two, Pueblo County Judicial Building,
Pueblo, CO
Division Two consists of all lands in the drainage basins of the Arkansas river and the Dry Cimarron river, and streams tributary to said rivers.

Water Court Division Three, Alamosa County Courthouse,
Alamosa, CO
Division Three consists of all lands in the drainage basin of the Rio Grande and all of its tributaries, and all lands in the drainage basins of the San Luis creek, Saguache creek, Tuttle creek, Carnero creek, La Garita creek, Sand or Medano creek, Big Spring creek, Little Spring creek, Mosca creek, Sierra Blanca creek, and all of their tributaries, and all lands in the drainage basins of all other creeks between Trinchera creek and Sand or Medano creek, and lands in the drainage basins of all other creeks which have their sources of water supply in the La Garita mountains and flow eastward into the San Luis valley.

Water Court Division Four, Delta County Courthouse,
Delta, CO
& Gunnison County Courthouse, Gunnison, CO
& Montrose County Courthouse, Montrose, CO
Division Four consists of all lands in the drainage basins of the Gunnison river and all of its tributaries, the Little Dolores river, the San Miguel river, and that portion of the Dolores river and its tributaries north of the north township line of Township 45 North, New Mexico Principal Meridian.

Water Court Division Five, Garfield County Courthouse,
Glenwood Springs, CO
Division Five consists of all lands in the drainage basins of the Colorado river and all of its tributaries and the White river drainage basin within Colorado.

Water Court Division Six, Routt County Courthouse,
Steamboat Springs, CO
Division Six consists of all lands in the drainage basins of the White river, the Yampa or Bear river, the Green river, the North Platte river, and all of their tributaries.

Water Court Division Seven, La Plata County Courthouse,
Durango, CO
Division Seven consists of all lands located in the southwest corner of the state of Colorado and in the drainage basins of the San Juan river, Rio Piedra, Rio Las Animas, Los Pinos river, La Plata river, Rio Mancos and streams tributary to said rivers and creeks as well as that portion of the Dolores river and its tributaries lying south of the north line of Township 45 North, New Mexico Principal Meridian.