Water Law

July 23, 2012--Water ballot initiatives are withdrawn (Denver Business Journal)

Two ballot initiatives that worried businesses that rely on Colorado’s water have been withdrawn from the 2012 election process, a spokesman for the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office said Monday. Supporters of the initiatives “have withdrawn No. 3 and 45,” spokesman Rich Coolidge said. “They are not going to be submitting signatures.” No.


July 20, 2012--Proposed ballot initiatives worry Colorado's water world (Denver Business Journal)

Business interests that rely on water are closely watching two state initiatives they say would upend more than 100 years of Colorado water law, spawn years of litigation and endanger their operations. “We’re opposed to them,” said Dan Pfeiffer, director of regional government affairs for Xcel Energy Inc., the state’s largest utility.


June 23, 2012--Weld commissioners to the AG: Colorado law lets the governor allow emergency groundwater pumping (Boulder Daily Camera)

Weld County commissioners have asked Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to reconsider his staff's conclusion that Gov. John Hickenlooper doesn't have the legal authority to allow South Platte River Basin farmers to pump water from an underground aquifer onto their drying-out fields.


June 19, 2012--Hickenlooper says he can’t let the groundwater wells pump (Windsor Now)

Gov. John Hickenlooper has delivered the news Weld County farmers didn’t want to hear — the news they couldn’t afford to hear, they say. During a meeting with Weld County commissioners Tuesday morning, Hickenlooper said he doesn’t have the authority to allow curtailed groundwater wells in Weld County to pump out of priority.


June 6, 2012--State of Colorado to get water-law rewrite? (Durango Herald)

The Southwestern Water Conservation District has joined other agencies in opposing two ballot initiatives that would overturn 160 years of Colorado water law. No longer could individuals claim water under the current “first in time, first in line” standard.


June 5, 2012--Water to the people (High Country News)

I hadn’t realized until I got an (en masse) email from Senator Mark Udall recently, that we’re celebrating water in Colorado this year. He and Sen.


May 17, 2012--Important legislation passes during special session (Office of the Governor of Colorado)

Gov. John Hickenlooper today thanked the General Assembly for using the special session to successfully address unfinished business that died last week without debate or consideration by the House of Representatives.


Good Samaritan Support

According to a Telluride Watch article, after nearly 20 years of inaction, the creation of a Good Samaritan policy with regard to the cleanup of abandoned mine drainag


Colorado Supreme Court Okays Water Ballot Initiatives

The Colorado Supreme Court has approved the titles for two proposals that critics say would change the way Colorado has handled water rights since 1876.

April 8, 2012--There’s a new procedure for changing water rights (Durango Herald)

There’s a new “simplified” procedure for changing water rights. As most water users know, obtaining a change of water right can be expensive and risky. It requires a court decree and can involve protracted litigation with experts critiquing the basis and nature of the water right.


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