About the Coalition

The Coalition was convened by the Gates Family Foundation and Walton Family Foundation in 2018 and is made up of a diverse group of stakeholders from the state government, municipal and other water providers, agriculture interests, conservation and recreation organizations, and businesses. For the Love of Colorado Coalition is facilitated by Keystone Policy Center and together they support efforts to identify funding opportunities at the local, state, and federal levels.

Colorado’s Water Plan projects that full implementation of all aspects will cost approximately $20 billion. While most funding will come from existing revenue sources, there remains a funding gap of approximately $3 billion over the next 30 years or $100 million annually. For the Love of Colorado seeks to address this funding gap so that the state’s priorities related to healthy rivers, water quality, conservation and efficiency, infrastructure, productive agriculture, and inter-state compact obligations are adequately funded.