2015 Colorado legislation: HB15-1038 (Flexible Water Markets) moves out of committee

Colorado Capitol building
Colorado Capitol building

From Colorado Public Radio (Megan Verlee):

The state House moved forward Tuesday with a bill [HB15-1038] intended to make Colorado’s water markets more flexible.

The measure would make it easier for some farmers and ranchers to transfer part of their water rights to other uses. If they found ways to conserve water in their agricultural operations, they’d be able to sell the excess to cities or other users.

“Currently you have to use your entire water right or you stand a chance of losing it. So there’s no incentive to conserve,” said Democratic Representative Jeni Arndt of Fort Collins.

Arndt said the goal is to find new ways to address the state’s growing need to for water.

The bill would limit the number of flexible water rights available statewide. The House approved it with bipartisan support. Western slope lawmakers, though, are concerned about its potential impact on water markets.

The measure now heads to the state Senate, which rejected a similar proposal last year.

More 2015 Colorado legislation coverage here.

Weekly Climate, Water and Drought Assessment of the Upper #ColoradoRiver Basin

Upper  Colorado River Basin month to date precipitation February 1 thru February 8, 2015
Upper Colorado River Basin month to date precipitation February 1 thru February 8, 2015

Click here to read the current assessment. Click here to go to the NIDIS website hosted by the Colorado Climate Center.

More Colorado River Basin coverage here.

CDPHE: State provides $4.6 million for flood recovery projects #COflood

Storm pattern over Colorado September 2013 -- Graphic/NWS via USA Today
Storm pattern over Colorado September 2013 — Graphic/NWS via USA Today

From the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:

Nine Colorado community drinking water and wastewater systems will receive a total of $4.6 million in grants to assist with projects helping them recover from the September 2013 flooding. This funding is provided under HB14-1002.

These grants provide funding for planning, design, construction, improvement, renovation or reconstruction of wastewater treatment works and public drinking water systems that were affected, damaged or destroyed as a result of the floods. Grants were issued in counties where Gov. John Hickenlooper declared a disaster emergency.

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@ColoBIP — There is time to still get involved – Colorado Water Plan! Attend the Basin Roundtable meetings.

Join Colorado Sportsmen as we rally to keep public lands in public hands

@COWaterCongress — Join POND, Feb. 24, to learn about Winter Park’s Water Rights, the proposed Federal Ski Area Water Rights rule

The most important water issues of 2014 – a Denver Water perspective

Mile High Water Talk

In February 2014, Jim Lochhead (left) stood with James Eklund, Colorado Water Conservation Board director, and Karen Stiegelmeier, Summit County Commissioner, to celebrate the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement. In February 2014, Jim Lochhead (left) stood with James Eklund, Colorado Water Conservation Board director, and Karen Stiegelmeier, Summit County Commissioner, to celebrate the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement.

The most important water issues of 2014 – a Denver Water perspective

Denver Water’s Jim Lochhead weighs in on a recent article chronicling key water issues of importance

By Steve Snyder

Water is our business, so we pay careful attention to any water-related stories that are published. Recently, the Huffington Post posted “The 10 Most Important Water Stories in 2014,” listing the issues people should pay attention to surrounding this most critical natural resource. It comes as no surprise that many of the national and international issues identified in the story are also top of mind in our day-to-day operations at Denver Water.

With that in mind, we asked Denver Water CEO and Manager Jim Lochhead to talk about what…

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