June 24, 2019

SB 13-075: Providing that After a Final Decree for Withdrawal of Designated Ground Water, Conservation of Water is Not Grounds to Modify Rights Under the Decree

On Tuesday, January 22, 2013, Sen. Greg Brophy introduced SB 13-075 – Concerning Safeguards to Prevent the Modification of a Final Designated Ground Water Permit Based on Reductions in the Use of Designated Ground Water. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill specifies that once the state engineer issues a final permit for the withdrawal of designated ground water, a reduction in the amount of water used pursuant to the permit due to the conservation of water is not grounds to reduce the maximum annual volume of the appropriation, the maximum pumping rate, or the maximum number of acres that have been irrigated. On Feb. 7, the Agricultural, Natural Resources and Energy Committee approved the unamended bill sent it to the Senate for consideration on 2nd Reading.

Since this summary, the bill was amended in 2nd Reading and passed 3rd Reading in the Senate. It was introduced in the House and assigned to the Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee.