From The Durango Herald (Joe Hanel):
[State Representative Ellen Roberts], is carrying Senate Bill 27 on behalf of Attorney General John Suthers. The bill puts a $500 per day fine on people who illegally divert surface water. It matches the fine that is already in place for people illegally using groundwater. “The basic point is to get compliance so senior water rights are not injured,” Roberts said.
The $500 fine would be the maximum. In most cases, the attorney general resolves the case in less than a month for fines that are much less than $500, said Assistant Attorney General Chad Wallace.
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