2011 Colorado legislation: State Senator Gail Schwartz to sponsor bill that will allow the State Engineer to approve groundwater sub-district management plans as substitute water supply plans in the San Luis Valley

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Matt Hildner):

The valley’s first version of the voluntary plan, Subdistrict No. 1, is currently under review by the Colorado State Supreme Court and, if approved, could lead to as many as seven other subdistricts in the valley. If the subdistricts aren’t implemented before Wolfe’s rules, groundwater users with no surface water to offset their pumping would face shutting down. The legislation would allow subdistrict members to purchase surface water to offset their pumping. State Rep. Ed Vigil, D-Fort Garland, said Saturday that he and state Sen. Gayle Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, would continue to take comments from valley water users before the bill is introduced…

Tim Buchanan, an attorney who represents some of the appellants in the state Supreme Court case, said the experience of water users on the South Platte has shown that the plans won’t work…

Wolfe objected to Buchanan’s description of efforts on the South Platte, noting that many of the plans came up short on replacement water because users were in the midst of the 2002 drought. “There’s others who believe the process has worked quite well and it’s very valuable,” he said.

More 2011 Colorado legislation coverage here.

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