Senior Water Rights

April 17, 2013--Governor signs ditch bill aimed at protecting senior water rights (Greeley Tribune)

Legislation was signed into law this month that will correct a glitch in Colorado water law that was threatening the value of senior water rights. Sponsored by Sen. Mary Hodge, D-Brighton, and Rep.


February 8, 2013--Call on North Platte rights as drought intensifies (Denver Post)

Intensifying drought has prompted the first wintertime call on administration of water rights in the North Platte River drainage in Wyoming since 2005, an announcement that will re

December 9, 2012--Gila River works to regain agricultural tradition (Durango Herald)

At a time when many cities and states in the West are grappling over water, a south-central Arizona Native American community has found itself in the enviable position of having rights to more water than it can use. The Gila River Indian Community established along the Gila River faced severe water shortages after the river was dammed upstream in the 1920s.


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


June 16, 2012--Scrambling to sustain Colorado River flows (Summit Voice)

With some of the lowest stream flows on record for this time of year, Colorado water managers are wrangling every last drop and trying to make them all count. Upstream storage and diversions have exacerbated the low flows resulting from a meager snowpack and early runoff.


June 7, 2012--Leased water rights to satisfy downstream call (Telluride Watch)

The Ouray City Council has approved a water rights lease from an entity that owns senior downstream water rights, in order to satisfy a recent call on its municipal water supply. The lease is a temporary, short-term solution to augment the city’s water supply, as staff continue to work toward a more permanent solution.

May 10, 2012--Water call threatens Ouray’s municipal supply (Telluride Watch)

City officials are scrambling to augment municipal water rights in response to a recent call requiring the “immediate curtailment” of the city’s water supply.

March 10, 2012--Farmers, ranchers worry about proposed state initiatives targeting water rights (The Fence)

Gene Kammerzell owns water rights that were decreed in 1865 and have been in his family's name for 100 years — dating back to when his grandparents migrated from Russia to Colorado and established a family farm near Milliken, Colo.


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