Water Court

March 18, 2015--Western Slope legislators dismayed over Senate water bill (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The Colorado Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a water bill that made some Western Slope lawmakers a bit uneasy. The measure, SB183, requires water court judges, when considering changes in water uses, to decide based on actual historical use of that water, rather than uses not approved by a prior water decree. Several Western Slope lawmakers from both parties questioned why such


November 29, 2011--Court rules against Albuquerque water permit (Denver Post)

The state Court of Appeals has ruled against the city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County in a dispute over diverting water from the Rio Grande to supply drinking water for the metropolitan area.

January 21, 2011--Water leases extended in legislators’ proposal (Pueblo Chieftain)

Two area lawmakers are among the sponsors of proposed legislation introduced Thursday that would ease the process for and expand the length of leasing agricultural water from Southern Colorado to urban centers. Under HB1068, the state engineer would be granted authority to approve agricultural water transfer agreements lasting up to 40 years.


July 14, 2010--State focuses on abandoned water rights (Pueblo Chieftain)

Conditional water rights, those that have not been fully put to use, must pass a due diligence test in Water Court every six years. After an abandoned right has been listed — it is published on the state website and in local newspapers — the owners can protest with a written objection in Water Court. A judge makes the final decision.


October 28, 2009--Vegas water agency vows fight for groundwater plan (Denver Post)

Southern Nevada water administrators plan to challenge a judge's ruling that blocks a multibillion-dollar plan to tap groundwater from a vast swath of eastern Nevada and pipe it to Las Vegas, an authority official said Wednesday. "It is our intention to appeal," Southern Nevada Water Authority spokesman Scott Huntley said.


September 22, 2009--Ag rules near court; farmers unhappy (Pueblo Chieftain)

While the state expects to file irrigation consumption rules in Division 2 Water Court by Sept. 30, farmers are still not happy with the results. “You do not have consensus on filing these rules the way they are,” said Dan Henrichs, speaking for the Arkansas Valley Ditch Association. “We fully recognize that,” replied State Engineer Dick Wolfe.

July 12, 2009--City wants seat on A-LP board (Durango Herald)

As the city of Durango becomes increasingly involved in matters concerning the Animas-La Plata Project, its leaders say they want their voice heard in decisionmaking.

July 9, 2009--County to hire lawyer to review water aug plan (Westcliffe Wet Mountain Tribune)

The county commissioners are hiring a water attorney to review the proposed water augmentation plan the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District filed in court late last month.

June 18, 2009--Despite concerns, Upper Ark moves ahead with water aug filing (Westcliffe Wet Mountain Tribune)

The Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District is moving forward with its plan to submit a proposed Custer County water augmentation

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