Water Rights

June 3, 2016--Colorado water law doesn't discourage efficiency (Post Independent)

The “use it or lose it” feature of Colorado water law is often blamed for discouraging farmers and ranchers from taking efficiency and conservation measures that could benefit the environment or ease the supply/demand imbalance on the Colorado River.


May 3, 2016--Colorado lawmakers block future federal water grabs (Summit Daily)

Colorado lawmakers unanimously made federal water grabs almost impossible. The Colorado Water Rights Protection Act passed both the Colorado House and Senate without a single dissenting vote.


March 13, 2016--Western Slope interests not sold on latest flex bill (Pueblo Chieftain)

A bill that would allow half of a farmer’s water to be transferred for one year to other uses passed the House agriculture committee 8-5 Monday. The bill, HB1228, was opposed by Western Slope water districts and legislators as unnecessary, expensive to farmers or ranchers and potentially harmful by allowing water that could be used within the state to flow out. Former state Sen.


February 26, 2016--Settlement reached over rights to Animas River water (Durango Herald)

A settlement over diversion and storage rights to Animas River water was rubber-stamped this week, ending more than two years of negotiations and laying the groundwork for regional entities to develop water projects. The decree, signed by Chief District Judge Gregory Lyman, effectively divides a large water right between the Animas-La Plata Project and the Southwestern Water Co


February 22, 2016--Cannabis in Colorado, water rights and federal law (Mountain Town News)

If cannabis remains illegal under U.S. law, can water in Colorado be used to grow it? Banks that are federally chartered—nearly all of them—have pointedly kept their distance from money involved in the cannabis industry. This has resulted in many businesses adopting cash-only models or using stratagems to side-step the banking ban.


Animas-La Plata Project Water Rights Settlement

In November, a settlement was reached by several local agencies with a stake in the Animas-La Plata Project water rights. In late 2013, the Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD) filed for conditional to absolute and continued diligence for the remaining portions of the water right held for development of the Animas-La Plata Project. Several agencies filed statements of opposition. Among them were: the Southern Ute Indian Tribe; Ute Mountain Ute Tribe; San Juan Water Commission; La Plata Water Conservancy District; and the Animas-La Plata Operation, Maintenance and Replacement (ALPOM&R) Association. Since then, these agencies have been hashing out the details of the administration of Lake Nighthorse storage rights, as well as the future of irrigation, municipal, and industrial uses along the Animas and La Plata rivers. The settlement agreement and proposed decree were entered with the court during a November hearing. The agreement was complex, but resulted in portions of the water right being transferred to the ALPOM&R Association for the Project as built, and SWCD retaining portions of the water rights for future uses as previously decreed including irrigation.


December 30, 2015--Forest Service buries plan on transfer of ski area water rights (Denver Post)

The U.S. Forest Service will not require ski resorts to transfer water rights to the federal government as a condition of operating on public land.


December 11, 2015--Lake Nighthorse water-rights settlement pushed to Jan. 15 (Durango Herald)

A ruling on the settlement agreement reached last month in the years-long Animas-La Plata Project legal battle over water rights to Lake Nighthorse was continued to Jan.


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