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Bill Detail: HB20-1327

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Title Water Diversions From Rio Grande Basin
Status House Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Postpone Indefinitely (03/09/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Water
House Sponsors D. Valdez (D)
P. Will (R)
Senate Sponsors D. Coram (R)
House Committee Rural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 02/25/2020
Description

The bill prohibits each state agency or instrumentality from
approving or assisting any project that diverts water from water division
3, which consists of the Rio Grande river basin, for export to another
basin in Colorado or export to any portion of another state unless the state
engineer determines, after due consideration of all findings provided by
the Colorado water conservation board, that the project will not:

  • Increase the costs or negatively affect operation of the
federal closed basin project;
  • Adversely affect the purposes of any national wildlife
refuge or federal wildlife habitat area withdrawal located
in water division 3;
  • Adversely affect the purposes of the Great Sand Dunes
national park and Great Sand Dunes national preserve; or
  • Increase the costs or negatively affect operation of any state
parks, state wildlife areas, or lands administered by the
state board of land commissioners located in water division
3.

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