Water Law

March 5, 2013--Water decree bill clears Colorado Senate (Fort Morgan Times)

The "most important water bill" in a decade has cleared the Senate and is next up in the House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee on Monday, March 4. SB 74 came out of the Interim Water Resources Review Committee in September, and got a 34-1 vote from the Senate on Feb. 20, where Sen. Greg Brophy (R-Wray) called it the most important water bill in a decade.


February 8, 2013--Call on North Platte rights as drought intensifies (Denver Post)

Intensifying drought has prompted the first wintertime call on administration of water rights in the North Platte River drainage in Wyoming since 2005, an announcement that will re

February 2, 2013--Colorado legislature dives into water issues (Fort Morgan Times)

The House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee spent a long afternoon Monday plowing through the first of a dozen bills on water issues expected in the 2013 legislative session. The committee unanimously approved House Joint Resolution 13-1004, which encourages the U.S.


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.


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