2012 Colorado legislation: SB12-142 goes down to defeat in the Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee


From The Greeley Tribune (Eric Brown) via The Fence Post:

The first talks about a proposed bill aimed at addressing high groundwater problems in the South Platte River Basin concluded that night when the Colorado Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee voted 3-3, killing the measure.

The bill [ed. SB12-142, Pilot Projects Reduce Augmentation Requirements] — sponsored by Sen. Greg Brophy, R-Wray, and Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, — would have created a pilot program to allow some water rights holders to pump more water from wells where groundwater levels are historically high. Such a move would have allowed those wells to be studied, as well as pump water from the wells to potentially bring down groundwater levels that, according to some experts, are at record highs and causing problems for many who work and live along the river.

Brophy — along with Sen. Kevin Grantham, R-Cañon City, and Sen. Lois Tochtrop, D-Thornton — voted in favor of the bill Thursday night, after about four hours of discussion and testimony, while Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass Village, Sen. Angela Giron, D-Pueblo, and Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, voted it down.

More South Platte River basin coverage here.

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