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Bill Detail: HB19-1218

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Title Loaned Water For Instream Flows To Improve Environment
Status Senate Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources Postpone Indefinitely (04/17/2019)
Bill Subjects
  • Water
House Sponsors D. Roberts (D)
Senate Sponsors K. Donovan (D)
House Committee Energy and Environment
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 03/04/2019

Under current law, the Colorado water conservation board (board),
subject to procedural requirements established to prevent injury to water
rights or decreed conditional water rights, may use loaned water for

instream flows if the loaned water is used for preserving the natural
environment of a stream reach that is subject to a decreed instream flow
water right held by the board. The bill expands the number of years within
a 10-year period that a loan may be exercised from 3 years to 5 years and
allows a loan to be renewed for up to 2 additional 10-year periods.
The bill also expands the board's ability to use loaned water for
instream flows to allow loans to:
  • Improve the natural environment to a reasonable degree
pursuant to a decreed instream flow water right held by the
board; or
  • Preserve or improve the natural environment to a
reasonable degree for a stream reach for which the board
does not hold a decreed instream flow water right.
In considering whether to accept one of the new types of loans
authorized by the bill, the board must evaluate the proposed loan based
on a biological analysis performed by the division of parks and wildlife.
The board is required to promulgate rules regarding the necessary steps
for reviewing and accepting such a loan.

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