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October 29th, 2018
Colorado’s Decision Support Systems Upgrades Online Tools for Accessing Information about State’s Major Water Basins

DENVER – Engineering firms, real estate agents and anyone needing information regarding water now have an easier, quicker and more detailed way to research it through the Colorado’s Decision Support Systems’ (CDSS) website, The CDSS is a water management system developed by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Division of Water Resources for the state’s major water basins: Arkansas, Colorado, Dolores, Gunnison, North Platte, Republican, Rio Grande, San Juan, South Platte, White and Yampa.

CDSS’ massive database covers an extensive range of water topics: agriculture, climate stations, groundwater, structures, surface water, water rights, well permits and aquifer determination. Users heavily rely on the website’s location tools and interactive web maps. Listening to direct user feedback, CDSS upgraded its site.

“The new website is a streamlined version of the previous website and is built on new technology,” said GIS and Website Coordinator, Carolyn Kemp. “We’ve increased the functionality of our online tools, made it easier for users to quickly find what they need, provided more detail in our location mapping and expanded the amount of data that a search returns.” As part of CDSS’ effort to continuously improve the site, the agency also incorporated a brief survey for users to provide feedback about their experience.

“Water is one of our state’s most precious resources,” said Colorado Interactive’s President and General Manager, Mike Ansley. “CDSS’ online resources help ensure that people have access to critical and current information to make responsible decisions about using it.”

CDSS utilized Colorado Interactive (CI) and the Statewide Internet Portal Authority’s (SIPA) proprietary platform to develop its new website. CI provides digital government services to state agencies, local governments and educational entities through a contract with SIPA — the official internet portal connecting the public with Colorado government. The partnership’s mission allows government leaders to focus on delivering on-demand, digital government solutions without requests for proposals or the use of tax appropriations.

“The new CDSS website capitalizes on the consistency of the website network as well as its minimalist and efficient navigation,” said SIPA Executive Director, Jack Arrowsmith. “But the SIPA/CI partnership alone is not what delivered this important objective. As always, we enjoy working with our partners at the Governor’s Office of Information Technology as well as with the private website firm, Elevated Third.”

Eligible government entities in need of application development, payment processing or free website development and hosting through the Web portal should contact SIPA.

About Colorado Interactive

Colorado Interactive (CI) is the team behind the official website of the state of Colorado ( and is overseen by the Statewide Internet Portal Authority. The portal operates through a public-private partnership between the state and CI to help Colorado government entities web-enable their services. CI builds, operates, maintains, and markets and is part of the digital government firm, NIC (Nasdaq: EGOV).

About SIPA

Established in 2004 by the Colorado General Assembly, the Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) is a self-funded government organization created to be Colorado’s single most comprehensive delivery channel for electronic government (eGovernment) services. SIPA strives to accelerate the adoption of efficient and effective eGovernment services by placing more online to benefit Colorado residents. In addition to no-cost websites, payment processing and event registration setup, SIPA provides SaaS technology solutions, consulting and cyber security assessments.

About NIC

NIC Inc. (Nasdaq: EGOV) is the nation’s premier provider of innovative digital government solutions and secure payment processing, which help make government interactions more accessible for everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies has developed a library of more than 13,000 digital government services for more than 6,000 federal, state, and local government agencies. Among these solutions is the ground-breaking personal assistant for government, Gov2Go, delivering citizens personalized reminders and a single platform for all government interactions.