Colorado Supreme Court

March 18, 2015--Western Slope legislators dismayed over Senate water bill (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The Colorado Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a water bill that made some Western Slope lawmakers a bit uneasy. The measure, SB183, requires water court judges, when considering changes in water uses, to decide based on actual historical use of that water, rather than uses not approved by a prior water decree. Several Western Slope lawmakers from both parties questioned why such


March 2, 2015--State Supreme Court to weigh water diversion (Aspen Journal)

A water court case in Pueblo over the size of water rights from the upper Fryingpan River delivered through the Busk-Ivanhoe tunnel to the East Slope has now blossomed into a Colorado Supreme Court case full of powerful interests opposing each other across the Continental Divide.


July 1, 2014--Colorado Supreme Court blocks environmental ballot proposal (Denver Post)

The Colorado Supreme Court has turned back a ballot proposal that sought to establish a right to clean air, clean water and natural resources in the state because its backers sent a substitute to a state hearing on the measure. The so-called "public trust doctrine" measure, No.


April 17, 2012--Court clears way for 2 water ballot initiatives (Coloradoan)

The Colorado Supreme Court has approved the titles for two proposals that critics say would change the way Colorado has handled water rights since 1876. The court announced Monday that each proposal properly asks voters to consider only one issue. Proponents want to amend the Constitution to highlight a clause that spells out that unappropriated water in natural streams is public property.


November 25, 2010--Valley water case sends SOS to Colorado Supreme Court (Valley Courier)

“I am not particularly pleased with the direction things have gone. I don’t think they really protect senior water rights, and that’s why we are involved in this process,” Save Our Senior (SOS) Water Rights attorney Tim Buchanan told the SOS group during a meeting this month in Monte Vista.


August 31, 2010--Lawsuits keep water fight alive (Duragno Herald)

It was a Monday morning in April 2009 when four ranchers from Southwest Colorado finally got the state Legislature's attention. They already had won a case in Durango water court that - if the state Supreme Court upheld it - could force every gas and oil well in Colorado to get a water permit. A few lawmakers, like former Sen.


March 24, 2008--Judge's water decision upheld (Alamosa News)

The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday affirmed District Judge O. John Kuenhold’s decision in favor of the state’s confined aquifer rules.


February 26, 2008--State water court group to hold public hearing (Fort Morgan Times)

The Water Court Committee of the Colorado Supreme Court will hold a public hearing Monday, March 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. on the fifth floor of the Colorado Judicial Building at 2 E. 14th Ave. in Denver. “The purpose of this meeting is to solicit public input on the ways in which the water court process may be improved,” said Committee Chairman Justice Greg Hobbs.


January 13, 2008--Area farmers bristle at new efficiency rules (Pueblo Chieftain)

A large group of farmers is expected to show up at a meeting in Rocky Ford on Wednesday to protest proposed irrigation efficiency rules for surface irrigation and ask for help in meeting engineering requirements if the rules are put into effect. At approximately the same time, state officials will be huddling on the need and timing of the rules.


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