COLORADO PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY TO ENHANCE STREAM FLOWS 11:41, May 17, 2020

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Category: Avon Water Law

Colorado recently strengthened its instream flow program with the passage of House Bill 20-1037. Colorado’s instream flow program began in 1973 when the General Assembly authorized the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to appropriate “instream flows” – defined as such minimum flows on a natural stream as are required to preserve the natural environment to […]

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Due to the low snowpack from the 2017-2018 winter season, the western slope is experiencing a summer with very low water.  Under Colorado water law, when water levels drop in streams and rivers, the senior water rights on those streams can place a call which then restricts, or eliminates, the water available to junior water […]

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We previously reported on this website about the Colorado Supreme Court decision in the case of St. Jude’s Co. v. Roaring Fork Club, LLC, 351 P.3d 442 (Colo. 2015).  In that case, the court determined that certain private water diversions for aesthetic, recreational, or piscatorial uses do not constitute “beneficial uses” of water under the […]

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