From the Cortez Journal (Joe Hanel):
Senate Bill 27 allows the attorney general to slap a $500 per day fine on people who illegally use surface water. The fine matches the penalty for illegal use of groundwater that is already in place. The House passed it 63-1. In testimony on the bill last week, Assistant Attorney General Chad Wallace said his office usually negotiates a much lower fine and only uses the threat of fines when a water user has flaunted water rules laid down by the state engineer.
The state senate repassed the bill and now it moves on to Governor Ritter for his signature.
More 2010 Colorado legislation coverage here.