Junior Water Rights

June 14, 2015--California moves to restrict water pumping by pre-1914 rights holders (Los Angeles Times)

In a rare action, California officials move to restrict water diversions by senior rights holders. Some pre-1914 California water rights holders ordered to reduce diversions. For the first time in nearly 40 years, state regulators are telling more than 100 growers and irrigation districts with some of the oldest water rights in California that they have to stop drawing suppli

February 28, 2015--Calif. farms to go without federal water again in 2015 (Capital Press)

Many farms in California’s Central Valley will have to do without federal water again this year unless big spring storms replenish the state’s woeful mountain snowpack. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s initial allocation, announced Feb.


May 30, 2014--State orders users to stop pumping from streams (Associated Press)

For the first time in nearly 40 years, drought-stricken California has ordered more than 2,600 water agencies and users in the Sacramento Valley to stop pumping water from streams. The Sacramento Bee reports Friday that the State Water Resources Control Board imposed the curtailment notice this week.


May 9, 2014--Potential for harm: Opponents of Senate Bill 23 express concern about upstream water users (Steamboat Today)

Senate Bill 23, which recently passed the Colorado Legislature, aims to provide incentives for agricultural water users and irrigators on the Western Slope to make their operations more efficient, but some opposed the bill on the grounds that it has the potential to harm others’ water rights.


July 4, 2012--Beg, borrow and buy: Ouray struggles to shore up water rights (Telluride Watch)

The City of Ouray has submitted an emergency water supply substitute plan to the Colorado Division of Water Resources which outlines the ways in which it can offset


January 17, 2011--Engineer ensures seep water is subject to priority regulation (Salida Mountain Mail)

New administrative orders from the state engineer's office are intended to ensure seep water is subject to priority administration like all other Colorado water rights. The information was among issues presented Thursday by Colorado Division of Water Resources engineer Steve Witte to Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District directors during their regular meeting.


December 16, 2010--State Engineer [visits Lamar], explains water procedures (Lamar Ledger)

State Water Engineer Dick Wolfe and Division Engineer Steve Witte spoke to an overflow crowd of about 100 farmers and ranchers at the Lamar Community Building on topics ranging from the Kansas/Colorado Compact to the seep water issues of concern to many farmers and ranchers. Much of the conversation covered disputes between Kansas and Colorado over water flowing down the Arkansas Rive


October 23, 2010--Lower Ark not happy with seep ditch policy (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District board has lingering concerns about whether seep ditches should be curtailed by the state engineer, following a meeting last month. “It has been OK for 100 years. It does not seem right.


October 14, 2010--Roundtables want to move Blue Mesa plan (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Arkansas Basin Roundtable wants to advance a plan to protect transmountain diversions by setting up a storage account at Blue Mesa Reservoir on the Gunnison River. The roundtable is developing the plan in conjunction with the Gunnison Basin Roundtable.


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