Water Law

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.

Federal Land Management Plan?

Many water managers in the state, including those in southwest Colorado, are concerned about recent actions taken by federal agencies regarding historical water use, permitting, and planning activities involving federal lands that could impact existing and future water rights in Colorado.

Lawmakers Prepare for Flexible Water Right Legislation

According to a November 10th Pueblo Chieftain article, legislation that could allow water rights to be changed for indefinite purposes is expected to be introduced in the next state legislative session. Flexible water markets would be authorized a

December 20, 2013--Disagreements emerge as water bill nears finish line (Water Online)

Water utilities are at the center of a new fight in Congress. Senate and House negotiators are hammering out the final language in a major water infrastructure bill, and some even say it could pass by the end of the year.


November 10, 2013--Lawmakers tee up flexible water right (Pueblo Chieftain)

Legislation that could allow water rights to be changed for indefinite purposes is expected to be introduced in the next state legislative session. Flexible water markets would be authorized as a new type of water right under a proposed bill that got a green light from the interim water resources committee on an 8-2 vote at its final meeting in October. State


October 12, 2013--Ag water needs understanding (Pueblo Chieftain)

A former state Supreme Court justice who served as a water judge advocates more flexibility in water law as a way to preserve irrigated agriculture in Colorado. And some down-home schooling for water judges and justices.


What is the Equitable Apportionment?

Colorado water flows to eighteen downstream states and the Republic of Mexico.

Public Trust Doctrine: Part III

In an ongoing effort to inform the public and water community alike, this is the third in a four part 2013 series relate

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