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: Vail 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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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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