Water Law

Helping Good Samaritans Clean Up Abandoned Hardrock Mines

For years Colorado legislatures have been trying to pass laws that would make it easier for groups to clean up toxic pollution from abandoned mines. These groups, which are not responsible for the pollution but want to clean it up anyway, are called, appropriately enough, Good Samaritans.


February 26, 2015--Supreme Court sides with Kansas in water dispute (ABC News)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Nebraska to pay Kansas $5.5 million in a long-running legal dispute over use of water from the Republican River. The justices also gave Nebraska some of what it asked for and ordered changes to the formula for measuring water consumption. Nebraska argued that the formula was unfair.


February 10, 2015--House approves ‘flex-use’ water bill (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Several Western Slope lawmakers didn’t get their way Tuesday on a bill that is designed to prevent so-called buy-and-dry tactics on water rights for farms and ranches.


January 31, 2015--State Representative hopes to alter new low-flow toilets law (CBS4)

Should government have a say in how much water per flush a person needs? State Rep. Tim Dore, a Republican from Elizabeth, wants to repeal part of a new state law that hasn’t effect yet. The law prevents the sale of any plumbing fixture that’s not water efficient starting in September 2016.


January 17, 2015--Farms can be held liable for pollution from manure: U.S. court (Reuters)

A U.S. federal court has ruled for the first time that manure from livestock facilities can be regulated as solid waste, a decision hailed by environmentalists as opening the door to potential legal challenges against facilities across the country. A large dairy in Washington state, Cow Palace Dairy, polluted ground water by over applying manure to soil, ruled Judge Thomas Rice of the U.S.


January 4, 2015--Hermosa Creek act could serve as a model (Denver Post)

There is no small amount of satisfaction to be had in last month's federal approval of a locally crafted protection measure for the lovely area of Southwest Colorado known as Hermosa Creek. We feel the need to pinch ourselves in disbelief that Congress could have found a way to approve something so constructive, with bipartisan support.


December 6, 2014--Four truths about water and sanitation (Huff Post)

Here are four truths about international safe drinking water, sanitation and toilets and hygiene programs (collectively known as WASH):


December 3, 2014--Proposed GOP overhaul of California water laws looks dead (San Francisco Gate)

A last-ditch effort by Central Valley Republicans to push an overhaul of federal water policy through Congress during this session met with opposition Wednesday from at least one California senator, all but ensuring that the bill will die until next year. Sen.


October 13, 2014--Groundwater rule brings wave of protest from Western governors, farm bureau (Deseret News)

A proposal by the U.S. Forest Service to consider groundwater impacts when it issues a special use permit has drawn the ire of Western governors and groups like the Utah Farm Bureau, who contend the agency is overstepping its regulatory authority.


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