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Minute Order 319 establishes new Colorado River sharing for U.S. and Mexico

Posted December 20, 2012 | No Comments

On November 20, 2012, the United States and Mexico signed Minute Order 319 (an amendment to the 1944 Water Treaty) and embarked on a five-year venture to improve Colorado River management.  Under Minute Order 319, the United States will allow Mexico to store limited volumes of water in Lake Mead, and both countries will share water […]


Douglas County District Court ruling on water supply requirements for new subdivisions

Posted November 1, 2012 | No Comments

In what appears to be the first significant interpretation of a statutory scheme conditioning residential development on demonstration of adequate water supplies, the district court reversed the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners’ approval of Sterling Ranch, LLC’s planned unit development because C.R.S. § 29-20-301 to 306 requires an applicant to demonstrate adequate water supplies […]


Water Court ruling re: environmental and recreational flows

Posted September 27, 2012 | No Comments

Water Judge Patrick issued a ruling on September 26, 2012 regarding a motion for determination of a question of law filed by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB).  The CWCB asserted that the applicant, Montrose County, could not obtain a water right to protect water released from storage without filing for a recreational in-channel diversion […]



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