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

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Category: Vail 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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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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