The Pueblo Chieftain editorial staff comes out in support of H.R. 3189, ‘…important and reasonable bill’

From The Pueblo Chieftain: THE U.S. House of Representatives has passed an important and reasonable bill that prohibits the transfer of private water rights to the federal government as a condition of permits it issues. But the bill’s future is in doubt, according to sponsor U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., because a majority in the … Continue reading The Pueblo Chieftain editorial staff comes out in support of H.R. 3189, ‘…important and reasonable bill’

Scott Tipton takes the case for H.R. 3189 to the people

Here’s a guest commentary from US Representative Scott Tipton arguing the need for his bill, H.R. 3189, from The Denver Post: Over the past decade, the federal government has attempted to take privately held water rights in Colorado and in other Western states, disregarding state water law that has been in effect for over a … Continue reading Scott Tipton takes the case for H.R. 3189 to the people

The Denver Post editorial board opposes H.R. 3189 (NSAA vs. USFS)

From The Denver Post Editorial Board: A battle over ski-area water rights that has been simmering in Colorado — and across the country — for several years has gotten the attention of the White House, and we’re glad to see it. President Obama on Wednesday issued a statement opposing the Water Rights Protection Act, which … Continue reading The Denver Post editorial board opposes H.R. 3189 (NSAA vs. USFS)

H.R. 3189 passes the US House of Representatives

Tipton water rights bill passes http://t.co/Y1JZHBDYZF — ChieftainNews (@ChieftainNews) March 15, 2014 From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka): A bill that prohibits the transfer of private water rights to the federal government as a permit condition passed the U.S. House on Thursday. The bill was sponsored by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., with support from … Continue reading H.R. 3189 passes the US House of Representatives

H.R. 3189 and HB14-028 (NSAA vs. USFS): Ski area water rights bills in Denver and Washington DC are both in trouble #COleg

From The Durango Herald (Joe Hanel): A dispute between Colorado ski areas and the Forest Service has caught the attention of the White House, which on Thursday threatened to veto a water-rights bill that U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez will present on the House floor today. Meanwhile in Denver, state senators delayed a vote on … Continue reading H.R. 3189 and HB14-028 (NSAA vs. USFS): Ski area water rights bills in Denver and Washington DC are both in trouble #COleg

H.R. 3189: The House Majority Leader indicated on Mar 06, 2014 that this bill may be considered in the week ahead.

Click here to go to the GovTrack page for the bill. More water law coverage here. From The Goat (Krista Langlois): The German philosopher with the impressively bushy mustache, Friedrich Nietzsche (below), said that all things are subject to interpretation. Had he lived in the Western U.S., he might have tacked on a clause: “Especially … Continue reading H.R. 3189: The House Majority Leader indicated on Mar 06, 2014 that this bill may be considered in the week ahead.

H.R. 3189 — Water Rights Protection Act: ‘…is a disaster for rivers and public lands’ — Matt Rice (NSAA vs USFS)

Here’s a guest column blasting the bill from Matt Rice writing for Steamboat Today: Last month, Representatives Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and Jared Polis, D-Colo., introduced H.R. 3189, the so called “Water Rights Protection Act.” While the bill was disguised as a minor “fix” for a narrow water rights conflict between Colorado’s ski industry and the … Continue reading H.R. 3189 — Water Rights Protection Act: ‘…is a disaster for rivers and public lands’ — Matt Rice (NSAA vs USFS)

H.R. 3189: ‘…it was only a matter of time until they went after ranchers’ — Colorado Farm Bureau (NSAA vs. USFS)

From the Northern Colorado Business Report (Steve Lynn): The Colorado Farm Bureau said a U.S. Forest Service decision to no longer pursue forcing ski areas to surrender their water rights to renew their operating permits bodes well for farmers. The Forest Service’s decision represents a “huge win” for private property owners, including farmers with grazing … Continue reading H.R. 3189: ‘…it was only a matter of time until they went after ranchers’ — Colorado Farm Bureau (NSAA vs. USFS)

H.R. 3189: Water Rights Protection Act (NSAA vs. USFS) — Green groups mobilize in opposition

From the Aspen Business Journal (Brent Gardner-Smith): “While House Resolution 1389’s stated intent (to help resolve a narrow conflict over water rights between the U.S. Forest Service and Colorado’s ski industry) may be legitimate, the bill is written very broadly and will have serious implications for water management across the country,” American Rivers wrote in … Continue reading H.R. 3189: Water Rights Protection Act (NSAA vs. USFS) — Green groups mobilize in opposition

H.R. 3189: Water Rights Protection Act — Garfield County adopts resolution in support (NSAA vs. USFS)

From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (John Stroud): The bill, if passed, would prohibit the U.S. Forest Service and BLM from conditioning permits on the transfer or relinquishment of privately held water rights, or requiring water users to apply for a water right in the name of the U.S. government, instead of the purchaser, as … Continue reading H.R. 3189: Water Rights Protection Act — Garfield County adopts resolution in support (NSAA vs. USFS)

H.R. 3189: Water Rights Protection Act (Reps. Tipton and Polis, NSAA vs. USFS)

Here’s an update for H.R. 3189 from Chris Woodka writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. The bill is a result of new permitting requirements currently being litigated in a lawsuit between the NSAA and USFS: A bill to protect ski area water rights from federal water claims is advancing in Congress. The bill, HR3189, is sponsored … Continue reading H.R. 3189: Water Rights Protection Act (Reps. Tipton and Polis, NSAA vs. USFS)

The EPA is coming to get us … or not — the Colorado Springs Independent

From the Colorado Springs Independent (J. Adrian Stanley): Just before the El Paso County commissioners passed a resolution opposing a proposed change to the federal Clean Water Act last week, Commissioner Sallie Clark had something to say. “Imagine if every little drainage way was considered a navigable waterway as it relates to requiring permitting,” Clark, … Continue reading The EPA is coming to get us … or not — the Colorado Springs Independent

Tipton Water Rights Protection Act Clears House Committee (NSAA vs. USFS)

Here’s the release from US Representative Scott Tipton’s office: Today, the House Natural Resources Committee passed Rep. Scott Tipton’s (R-CO) Water Rights Protection Act (H.R.3189) with bipartisan support, clearing the effort to protect privately-held water rights from federal takings for a vote in the House of Representatives. Over the years, the Forest Service has engaged … Continue reading Tipton Water Rights Protection Act Clears House Committee (NSAA vs. USFS)

S. 1630: Water Rights Protection Act — Full text of the bill now available at GovTrack.us (NSAA vs. USFS)

If you are like me, these football afternoons are best when you have the text of a water bill winding through Congress to read. Click here to read US Senator John Barrasso’s companion bill to US Representative Scott Tipton’s bill (H.R. 3189). More NSAA vs. USFS coverage here. More water law coverage here.

Alamosa: Scott Tipton talks about his bill designed to rope in the Forest Service (NSAA vs. USFS)

From the Valley Courier (Ruth Heide): In speaking of his legislative efforts, Tipton said he was especially proud of a paragraph-long bill to protect water rights in Colorado. The legislation, supported by Republicans and Democrats, would prevent the federal taking of private water rights protected by Colorado water law. Tipton explained that the action was … Continue reading Alamosa: Scott Tipton talks about his bill designed to rope in the Forest Service (NSAA vs. USFS)

US Senator Barasso is taking up Scott Tipton’s bill designed to rope in the Forest Service (NSAA vs. USFS)

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Peter Roper): Rep. Scott Tipton’s legislation to restrict the federal government’s ability to acquire private water rights when leasing federal land has gained a Senate sponsor. Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, is taking up the measure in the Senate, Tipton’s office said Friday. Tipton, the Republican who represents Pueblo and the 3rd … Continue reading US Senator Barasso is taking up Scott Tipton’s bill designed to rope in the Forest Service (NSAA vs. USFS)

NSAA vs. USFS

From the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): Congress hasn’t delegated authority to the Forest Service to seize private water rights, a Boulder water attorney told a congressional subcommittee Thursday. Glenn Porzak, who represents the National Ski Areas Association and Colorado water agencies, said a Forest Service water-rights policy cast a shadow on the water … Continue reading NSAA vs. USFS