Instream Flow

May 8, 2014--Potential for harm: Western Slope water bill draws opposition (Steamboat Today)

Senate Bill 23 is on its way to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk thanks to some legislative maneuvering, but the bill dealing with changes to water law on the Western Slope has divided interested organizations and prompted warnings that its consequences could be much broader than intended.


December 21, 2011--Water works (Montrose Daily Press)

To protect future growth, Montrose County needs to secure water rights against an instream flow claim on a 17.4-mile stretch of the San Miguel River, officials say. State and federal agencies, along with other parties, are angling for in-stream flow rights on the same portion of river — an action they say is necessary to protect fish species of concern.


December 17, 2011--MVI lets water info flow (Cortez Journal)

Financial disclosure and responsibility and system management were the major topics of discussion at a Montezuma Valley Irrigation Co.


CWCB Approves Appropriation of Instream Flow on San Miguel

The San Miguel River, a 70-mile ribbon of water that flows from the north side of Wasatch Mountain to a desert canyon in Montrose County, isn’t a river that experiences huge flows. Even during spring runoff, the river normally stays below 1,500 cfs, and in winter months, it drops to less than 100 cfs.


September 23, 2011--State water board approves instream flow on the lower San Miguel River (Telluride Daily)

The San Miguel River, a 70-mile ribbon of water that flows from the north side of Wasatch Mountain to a desert canyon in Montrose County, isn’t a river that experiences huge flows. Even during spring runoff, the river normally stays below 1,500 cfs, and in winter months, it drops to less than 100 cfs.


January 13, 2011--Council okays instream flow on San Miguel (Telluride Watch)

As the Colorado Water Conservation Board prepares to decide whether or not to file for an instream water right on the lower San Miguel River at a meeting in Denver later this month, the Town of Telluride has added its voice to that of San Miguel County’s and others in support of the filing.

February 10, 2010--Board acquires water to keep Colo. streams flowing (Canon City Daily Record)

The Colorado Water Conservation Board has acquired water rights to improve late-summer water flows in two streams near Crested Butte. The board acquired 5.45 cubic feet per second of water to increase flows in the Washington Gulch and Slate River. Demands for irrigation water often dry up or deplete flows in the two by mid-July.


May 28, 2009--Water rights appropriations in early stages (Montrose Daily Press)

The Colorado Water Conservation Board is in the early stages of appropriating instream flow water rights to some segments of streams and rivers in the Montrose area to protect the natural environment.

February 2, 2009--Instream flow test case surfaces (Pueblo Chieftain)

Pitkin County is trying to lease an instream flow water right to the state, but has had to adopt a special legal instrument, a revocable trust, and navigate new rules to get the job done.

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