This forum investigates how a nation-wide movement toward restoration and conservation of rivers is being played out in our region. What are the costs and benefits of river restoration or watershed planning? What are the relationships between water supply, water quality, and restoration? How do projects move from an idea toward implementation? Todays natural resources decisions are defining the future of the South Platte Basin. We will examine this future by presenting some of the many ongoing river restoration and watershed planning efforts, and by providing the economic, social, legal and political context for these projects.