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New amendment to affect development planning

Posted June 25, 2013 | No Comments

Back in 2008, a state law was passed that required developers to prove upfront that they had enough water to supply their entire project.  See C.R.S. § 29-20-301 to -306 (2012).  This statute brought the Sterling Ranch development in Douglas County to a halt; a judge found that Sterling Ranch failed to show it had […]

A national and local pattern of groundwater depletion

Posted May 30, 2013 | No Comments

On May 20, the USGS released a report that detailed groundwater depletion in the United States from 1900−2008.  The USGS found that between 1900 and 2008, U.S. groundwater reserves have depleted by a volume of water sufficient to fill Lake Erie twice.  The USGS studied 40 major aquifer systems including the High Plains (or Ogallala) […]

Instream flows protect Upper Colorado River fish habitat

Posted May 16, 2013 | No Comments

A broad-based stakeholder initiative to preserve natural resource values in the Upper Colorado River achieved a milestone when a state water court decreed three instream flow water rights to the Colorado Water Conservation Board.  The year-round water rights range in flows from 500 cubic feet per second (cfs) to 900 cfs and cover approximately 70 […]

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