DIVISION OF WATER RESOURCES – DECENNIAL ABANDONMENT LISTS BY MARY ELIZABETH GEIGER, GARFIELD & HECHT, P.C. 8:12, September 13, 2020

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Category: Colorado Water Law

Water rights are an important property right and are part of an ever-changing landscape.  This year, 2020, is an important year for protecting water rights as it is a year that the State of Colorado Division of Water Resources (“DWR”) publishes its decennial abandonment lists for each Water Division in the State.  These Water Divisions […]

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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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