State Legislature Responds to St. Jude’s Co. Decision 14:01, May 26, 2017

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Category: Avon Water Law

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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Over the years the Colorado Supreme Court and the legislature have taken steps to make water court more accessible to pro se applicants, i.e., applicants that are not represented by an attorney. Nonetheless, due to the intricacy of Colorado water law and because the water courts are part of the judicial branch of government, lawyers […]

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Court Casts Doubt on Aesthetic, Recreational, and Piscatorial Water Uses Property owners often hold water rights for aesthetic, recreational, and/or piscatorial (fishing) uses, particularly in the Roaring Fork River valley.  Recently, the Colorado Supreme Court determined that certain private water diversions for such uses do not constitute “beneficial uses” of water under the 1969 Water […]

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