Colorado Water Congress

July 3, 2014--Durango water rights in danger (Durango Herald)

State officials alerted the Durango City Council on Tuesday of two ballot initiatives that could impact the city’s water rights.


July 1, 2014--Colorado Supreme Court blocks environmental ballot proposal (Denver Post)

The Colorado Supreme Court has turned back a ballot proposal that sought to establish a right to clean air, clean water and natural resources in the state because its backers sent a substitute to a state hearing on the measure. The so-called "public trust doctrine" measure, No.


June 10, 2014--Will the Public Trust Doctrine issue make the ballot this fall? (Coyote Gulch)

Water initiatives that could have a significant impact on the San Luis Valley are still awaiting Colorado Supreme Court decisions before moving forward to the November ballot box.


June 5, 2014--Colorado water community expresses disappointment in Senate Bill 14-023 veto (Business Wire)

Governor Hickenlooper today vetoed Senate Bill 14-023 (SB 23), an important water conservation bill crafted over the course of a year in close partnership with diverse water interests, including the Governor’s own water policy experts.


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.


Colorado Water Congress

The Colorado Water Congress conducted their Annual Convention in January with more than 300 in attendance.


March 13, 2014--Water leaders seek to avert loss of power generation from Lake Powell (Delta Independent)

Even as two to three feet of snow were accumulating in Colorado's high country during storms last month, leading water thinkers were issuing sober warnings about the potential impact of a lingering regional drought in the Colorado River Basin.


February 2, 2014--Lawmakers want last word in water policy (Pueblo Chieftain)

A bill, SB115, giving the state Legislature that authority was introduced this week and has sponsors from both parties in both houses. It also calls for public hearings at basin roundtables in order to provide more public input. “We think the state Legislature makes the laws,” said Sen.


January 30, 2014--Anxiety builds over state water plan (Durango Herald)

After eight years of talking about water, Coloradans are back to fighting about it. Gov. John Hickenlooper’s call to develop a state water plan is the talk of the Colorado Water Congress’ annual convention this week, as people try to figure out what it is and whether it will be an aid or a threat.


January 10, 2014--Water as a public trust? Battle lines form (Northern Colorado Business Report)

One of Colorado’s oldest, most powerful water groups is raising a war chest to battle an initiative that would place the public’s interest in the state’s hallmark rivers and streams ahead of the interests of private water-right owners, changing the state Constitution.


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