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Bill Detail: HB20-1159

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Title State Engineer Confirm Existing Use Instream Flow
Status Governor Signed (04/01/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Water
House Sponsors M. Catlin (R)
D. Roberts (D)
Senate Sponsors D. Coram (R)
K. Donovan (D)
House Committee Rural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate Committee Agriculture and Natural Resources
Date Introduced 01/21/2020

Current law specifies that the Colorado water conservation board's
appropriation of water for instream flow purposes is subject to existing
uses and exchanges of water. The bill directs the state engineer, in
administering current law, to confirm a claim of an existing use or
exchange if the use or exchange has not previously been confirmed by

court order or decree. The person making the claim may also seek
confirmation by the water judge.

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