Water Rights

March 14, 2014--House passes Tipton’s bill on ski water rights despite threat of veto (Cortez Journal)

The U.S. House of Representatives passed Rep. Scott Tipton’s bill on ski area water rights Thursday, although bipartisan agreement on the Cortez Republican’s proposal largely collapsed. Tipton’s bill is aimed at the U.S.


March 12, 2014--White House threatens Tipton water bill (Cortez Journal)

A dispute between Colorado ski areas and the Forest Service has caught the attention of the White House, which threatens to veto a water rights bill that U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, plans to present on the House floor Thursday. Meanwhile in Denver, state senators delayed a vote on a related bill by Sen.


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.


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.


January 9, 2014--Fort Collins loses long-held Poudre water right through paperwork error (Coloradoan)

Failure to file required paperwork has cost Fort Collins a water right on the Poudre River it has held for 28 years. The right was intended to help fill Halligan Reservoir, which sits on the North Fork of the Poudre River, if a project to enlarge the reservoir is ever approved and built. The city has been working on the enlargement proposal for many years.


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.

December 5, 2013--Wells: A jumble of elaborate rules (Pueblo Chieftain)

Colorado has puzzled for years about how to account for its underground water resources, with about the same impact as water sloshing in the bottom of a precariously carried bucket.


November 27, 2013--U.S. Forest Service surrenders water rights fight (La Junta Tribune)

In one of the biggest fights over water rights in recent years, the U.S.F.S. announced that it will no longer pursue the plan of forcing ski areas to surrender their water rights in order to renew their operating permits.


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