Water Law

February 1, 2013--Roberts’ measure seeks legal security for reservoirs (Durango Herald)

Senators took action Thursday to deflect a state Supreme Court ruling that could make it difficult to keep water in reservoirs – just as drought is tightening its grip on much of the state. The bill is among several this year that add up to the Legislature’s biggest push in years to conserve water and store it for dry years. Sen.


January 26, 2013--Torrent of water bills in the Legislature (Cortez Journal)

The drought might be drying up streams across Colorado, but it has unleashed a torrent of legislation at the state Capitol. Legislators are considering changes to Colorado water law that would take the first serious legal steps toward encouraging conservation instead of maximum use of water. But their ideas are controversial. "We need the ability to respond to the drought," said Sen.


January 5, 2013--US Supreme Court to hear Okla. water rights case (Denver Post)

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider whether a North Texas water district should be allowed access to water supplies in southeastern Oklahoma—a case that could determine the extent to which Oklahoma can preserve the surface and stream water within its borders.

October 3, 2012--Hickenlooper says better water management needed (Denver Post)

Gov. John Hickenlooper says more common sense is needed in Colorado water law to make the most of the state's resources.

September 30, 2012--Water resources committee OKs six bills for upcoming session (Pueblo Chieftain)

Five bills to protect water rights, another to change stormwater permit process and two resolutions were approved last week by the interim water resources committee. The actions represent concerns brought to the committee, which includes members of both houses, over the last two months by water users throughout the state.


7th Annual Water 101 Seminar (Durango, CO)

10/26/2012 8:30 am

The 7th Annual Water 101 Seminar will be conducted at the Durango Public Libary. The Seminar features keynote speaker Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs, along with a host of additional and highly knowledgeable federal, state, and local water experts. For more information and/or to register call 970-247-1302.


Water in the West Symposium and Community Discussion (Durango, CO)

08/30/2012 7:00 pm

This will be a panel discussion with keynote speaker Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs. Southwestern Water Conservation District Executive Director, Bruce Whitehead, will also be in attendance.


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.


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