Notice of Rulemaking – Artificial Recharge Extraction outside of the Designated Basins — DWR

Denver Basin aquifer map

Here’s the notice from the Colorado Department of Water Resources (Tracy Kosloff):

NOTICE OF PUBLIC RULEMAKING HEARING

RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE PERMITTING AND USE OF WATERS ARTIFICIALLY RECHARGED INTO THE DENVER BASIN AQUIFERS AND NONTRIBUTARY GROUNDWATER AQUIFERS (2 CCR 402-11)

The short title for these rules and regulations is “Artificial Recharge Extraction Rules,” and they apply to groundwater outside of the Designated Basins.

Rulemaking Hearing Information

Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Start Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Room 814, 1313 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203

Background

Section 37-90-137(9)(d), C.R.S. directs the State Engineer to conduct rulemaking for the extraction of water artificially recharged into the nontributary Denver Basin aquifers. The Denver Basin Extraction Rules (2 CCR 402-11) were finalized in 1995. House Bill 17-1076 amended section 137(9)(d) to direct the State Engineer to promulgate rules that apply to the permitting and use of water artificially recharged into nontributary groundwater aquifers outside of the Denver Basin by July 1, 2018.

The State Engineer’s approach is to modify the existing Denver Basin Extraction Rules to add nontributary aquifers outside of the Denver Basin (this does not include designated groundwater).

For additional information about the rulemaking process, the hearing, or to access the proposed rules, please visit DWR’s website at

http://water.state.co.us/DWRDocs/Rules/Pages/ArtificialRechargeRules.asp

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