June 17, 2019

SB 13-072: Deleting the Requirement for a Final Permit for Wells

On Tuesday, January 22, 2013, Sen. Mary Hodge introduced SB 13-072 – Concerning the Deletion of the Requirement for a Final Permit for all Wells Withdrawing Designated Ground Water from the Denver Basin Aquifers. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

For most water wells in designated basins, the state engineer issues a conditional permit and then issues a final permit after the water has been put to beneficial use. But under current law, the requirement for a final permit does not apply to wells permitted on or after July 1, 1991, that withdraw designated ground water from the Denver basin aquifers. The bill deletes the requirement for a final permit for all wells withdrawing designated ground water from the Denver basin aquifers. On Feb. 7, the approved the unamended bill and sent it to the Senate for consideration on the 2nd Reading Consent Calendar.

Since this summary, the bill passed 2nd Reading in the Senate.

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