Water Law

Water Bills Signed into Law by Gov. Hickenlooper

A number of water bills introduced by Sen. Mary Hodge have been signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

July 1, 2013--In Colo. agriculture, efficient water use doesn’t always pay (Aspend Daily News)

Sure, Colorado is in a historic drought, and sure, agriculture uses roughly 85 percent of the state’s water. It seems obvious, then, that making agriculture more efficient is a surefire way to preserve Colorado’s dwindling water supply. And yet, state water law often encourages farmers and ranchers to use as much water as they legally can, just to keep their water rights intact.

June 13, 2013--Supreme Court sides with Oklahoma over Texas in Red River water dispute (Washington Post)

On June 13th the Supreme Court decisively sided with Oklahoma and rejected Texas’ claim that it has a right under a 30-year-old agreement to cross their common border for water to serve the fast-growing Fort Worth area.

June 10, 2013--Water folly (Pueblo Chieftain)

Like a bad penny, two terrible water rights proposals may turn up again during the 2014 election season. Richard Hamilton, a political gadfly from Fairplay, plans to resurrect his so-called "public trust" water doctrine as an amendment to the Colorado Constitution.

June 2, 2013--Salazar protected state water resources (Pueblo Chieftain)

Ken Salazar’s balanced, smart approach to protecting Western water from costly oil shale speculation has been right for our farmers and ranchers and right for Colorado.

May 20, 2013--Texas bill would drastically revamp water agency (Denver Post)

New revisions to a major water bill calls for ousting the six-member Texas Water Development Board and its top official before the state embarks on a new $2 billion fund to provide low-interest loans for projects. A historic drought in 2011 spurred Gov.

May 14, 2013--Senate agrees to amendments to water bill, including help to small communities (The Hill)

The Senate agreed to five more amendments to the water infrastructure bill by unanimous consent on May 8th. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced one of the amendments, which would give communities with populations smaller than 25,000 people additional help in developing rural water infrastructure projects.

May 3, 2013--Calming the West's water wars (Los Angeles Times)

America's founders did not anticipate living in the desert. The Constitution's primary mechanism for dividing shared water resources among states — the interstate compact — has proved inadequate to deal with situations in which water is extremely scarce.

April 24, 2013--Panel: More flexibility in state's water laws needed (Greeley Tribune)

Reforming laws to provide more flexibility in how water is used and shared in Colorado will be critical in meeting demands as the state’s population rapidly grows, according to agriculture, environmental and municipal water experts who spoke Tuesday in Denver.

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