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 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: ‘…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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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

NSAA vs. USFS: Reps Polis and Tipton are pushing legislation in opposition to the USFS’s ‘taking’ of water rights

From The Watch (Gus Jarvis): Tipton’s bill, which was introduced in Congress on Sept. 26 and has the support of representatives Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) as co-sponsors, comes as the U.S. Forest Service works to update a clause on its ski area special permits that would tie water rights … Continue reading NSAA vs. USFS: Reps Polis and Tipton are pushing legislation in opposition to the USFS’s ‘taking’ of water rights

NSAA vs. USFS: Reps Polis and Tipton are pushing legislation in opposition to the USFS’s ‘taking’ of water rights

From the Vail Daily (Randy Wyrick): Scott Tipton and Jared Polis are battling a U.S. Forest Service policy that would force ski areas and other stakeholders to turn over the private water rights that ski areas need to operate. The Forest Service is requiring it before they’ll renew the permits that ski areas need to … Continue reading NSAA vs. USFS: Reps Polis and Tipton are pushing legislation in opposition to the USFS’s ‘taking’ of water rights

NSAA vs. USFS: ‘[S]tate water laws currently protect the use of those developed water rights adequately’ — Bonnie Peterson

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): A measure that would prohibit the U.S. Forest Service from requiring ski areas to surrender water rights for operating permits by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., garnered support from U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Boulder Democrat. Tipton, whose district includes most of the Western Slope and several … Continue reading NSAA vs. USFS: ‘[S]tate water laws currently protect the use of those developed water rights adequately’ — Bonnie Peterson

NSAA vs. USFS: US Rep. Scott Tipton hopes to thwart any new federal water grabs by codifying western water law

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Gary Harmon): Legislation recognizing the water laws of Colorado and other western states could discourage federal efforts to claim water, said U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. Tipton will introduce legislation aimed at codifying western water law to deter federal pre-emption of water rights, he said. “The West is under … Continue reading NSAA vs. USFS: US Rep. Scott Tipton hopes to thwart any new federal water grabs by codifying western water law

NSAA vs. USFS: ‘There is a fundamental difference of opinion that will be hard to overcome’ — Jim Pena

From The Denver Post (Jason Blevins): The Forest Service on this week launched the first of several public meetings and forums as it outlines a contentious push to secure water rights used by ski areas on public land. “There is a fundamental difference of opinion that will be hard to overcome,” said Jim Pena, the … Continue reading NSAA vs. USFS: ‘There is a fundamental difference of opinion that will be hard to overcome’ — Jim Pena