Water Law

February 12, 2014--Flex marketing bill advances (Pueblo Chieftain)

The state House approved legislation that creates a new type of water right called flex marketing last week and sent it to the Senate. “We still believe this is a Trojan horse,” said Jay Winner of the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District.


February 11, 2014--Ranching, water issues take center stage (Cortez Journal)

Local politicians and public lands officials covered a variety of issues, rules, and new laws during the Southwest Colorado Livestock Association annual meeting at the Cortez Elks Club Saturday morning.


February 9, 2014--Groundwater bill dies in committee (Greeley Tribune)

A bill that was expected to draw plenty of attention from water users and officials across northeast Colorado did just that, but on Friday, it was ultimately killed.


February 6, 2014--Tipton: Red tape impedes water storage (Valley Courier)

In a House Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee hearing, Congressman Scott Tipton (RCO ) stressed that federal red tape is blocking needed water storage projects, impeding prudent supply management, and jeopardizing agriculture production, environmental protection and flood control. "The importance of prudent water su


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.


February 2, 2014--Wolf at the door (Pueblo Chieftain)

The water buffaloes are relentless in their devious pursuit of easier, quicker ways to take Colorado’s irrigated agricultural water and market it to the urban Front Range. If they have their way, these voracious urban-suburban interests would destroy rural communities while fueling lucrative but unwise population growth up north.


January 23, 2014--County acquires water rights for whitewater parks (Sky-Hi News)

Grand County was awarded historic water rights for two whitewater parks on the Colorado River in a recent water decree entered by Judge Boyd in Division 5 Water Court. The Hot Sulphur Springs Whitewater Park was granted water rights for flows ranging from 250 to 850 cfs. The Gore Canyon Whitewater Park was granted water rights for flows ranging from 860 to 1500 cfs.


Public Trust Doctrine: Part IV

In an ongoing effort to inform the public and water community alike, the following is the last in a four part 2013 series related to a potentially emerging Colorado Public Trust Doctrine (PTD) issue.

HR 1389

Although the U.S. Forest Service has backed off its original position against Colorado ski industry’s water rights for now, a congressional bill designed to protect water owned by ski areas could potentially end up hurting rivers across the country.

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