2014 Colorado November election: Initiative 103 — ranchers and water users oppose assault on the Doctrine of Prior Appropriation

Justian I first codifier of riparian rights
Justian I first codifier of riparian rights

From the Ouray County Plaindealer (Sheridan Block):

In an attempt to protect Colorado’s natural resources, the Public Trust Initiative is again trying to make waves and earn its spot on ballots this year. While the initiative aims to secure protection for the state’s precious resources — particularly water — many local ranchers and water users are vehemently against the proposed measure.

Initiative 103, also known as the public trust doctrine, is an effort to protect the state’s natural resources from pollution and irresponsible use. The initiative asserts that it is the state’s responsibility “to secure the rights of the people to protect natural resources” such as “clean air, clean water, including ground and surface water, and the preservation of the environment” which the public is entitled to.

More Public Trust Doctrine coverage here. Here’s the link for the Colorado Water Congress Stewardship Project website for more information about the Public Trust Doctrine.

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