March 30, 2016--Rain-barrel exemption headed to governor to become law (Cortez Journal)

A bill that makes it clear that household rain barrels are legal in Colorado is on the way to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. The measure, which allows up to two rain barrels with a combined capacity of 110 gallons per household, is to take effect on Aug. 10. Gov. John Hickenlooper told reporters this week that he supported the bill. A similar bill died on the Senate calendar last year, after passing out of the House. This year, Democrats made compromises that Republicans wanted: acknowledging state water law and giving the state engineer’s office regulatory authority. House Bill 1005 passed the state Senate 27-6 Friday after getting out of the state Houseon Feb. 29. The compromises were supported by former opponents, such as the Colorado Farm Bureau, who were concerned about the impact on downstream users who hold expensive water rights. To view the full article visit the Cortez Journal.