Water resources in the
Yampa River Basin since 1966.

Welcome to the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District.

Stretching across the headwaters of the Yampa River River Basin from the Flattops in South Routt County to the Park Range in North Routt County and west into Moffatt County, our district is dedicated to responsible water management and the protection of our most valuable natural resource.

As stewards of the region’s water, we understand the critical role it plays in sustaining our environment, supporting agriculture, and fueling economic growth. Through visionary planning, strategic partnerships, and innovative practices, we strive to ensure a secure water future for our communities.



The Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District is hiring the following position:
Seasonal Ditch Rider

UYWCD Secures Over $1 Million for Bear River Wildfire Ready Watershed Project

Officials with the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District have secured significant grants for a two-phase project that will begin this spring.

The Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District is offering 525 AF of Yamcolo Enlargement Water Storage for sale.

The offer is open to the public and is for agricultural use within the District, for the 2024 irrigation season only.

Interested parties might wish to purchase a larger volume of water storage than is available for sale; the District will try to meet all requests, otherwise we’ll follow a random draw lottery system, among those submitting a valid application. The water amount sold will be 25 AF, or in multiples of 25 AF.

The District must receive the completed application by Friday May 31, 2024 1:00 PM. If you are interested, please —

Upcoming Events


01may5:30 pm7:30 pmSouth Routt Water Users Meeting

15may12:00 pm5:00 pmBoard of Directors Meeting

29may(may 29)8:30 am30(may 30)4:30 pmYampa Basin Rendezvous

30may6:30 pm8:00 pm2024 State of the Yampa Address

30may(may 30)6:30 pm02jun(jun 2)2:00 pmYampa River Fest


30may(may 30)6:30 pm02jun(jun 2)2:00 pmYampa River Fest

05jun5:30 pm7:30 pmWest Routt Water Users Meeting


18jul9:00 am2:00 pmBoard Retreat


20augAll Day22Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference


18sep12:00 pm5:00 pmBoard of Directors Meeting

20sepAll DayColorado River District Annual Water Seminar

25sep8:00 am8:00 pm3rd Annual Yampa Youth Water Festival

Explore our facilities.

At the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District, we recognize that sustainable water management is not just about today; it’s about securing a thriving future for generations to come. Join us on this journey as we work together to ensure the vitality of our ecosystems, the resilience of our economy, and the well-being of our communities. Together, we can make a lasting impact on the water landscape of the Yampa River Basin.

We believe in the power of education and collaboration to safeguard our water resources. Explore our educational programs and community events designed to empower individuals, ranchers, and businesses with the knowledge and tools to protect and preserve our waterways.

Yampa Youth Water Festival.

The 2024 Yampa Youth Water Festival will be on Wednesday, September 25th!

Water professionals across the Yampa Valley and the Western US will gather to provide a variety of unique field work opportunities for fifth grade students in Routt and Moffatt County to learn about water, our most valuable resource, through hands-on learning activities.