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Bill Detail: HB20-1344

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Title Study Artificial Recharge Max Beneficial Use Water
Status House Committee on Rural Affairs & Agriculture Postpone Indefinitely (05/27/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Water
House Sponsors R. Holtorf (R)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee Rural Affairs and Agriculture
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 03/03/2020
Description

The bill directs the Colorado water conservation board, in
consultation with the state engineer and the Colorado water institute, to
conduct a study to:
  • Evaluate ways to maximize the beneficial use of water
within Colorado by recharging aquifers when surplus or
excess water is available;

  • Evaluate ways to minimize the amount of water that flows
out of Colorado to downstream states, without risking
noncompliance with applicable interstate compacts, United
States supreme court decrees, and other federal law;
  • Identify:
  • Specific aquifers that are hydrologically and legally
available to be used for artificial recharge and
conveniently located for both artificial recharge and
subsequent releases;
  • Sources of revenue that could be used to pay for the
artificial recharge; and
  • Particular potential or existing artificial recharge
projects that would meet the objectives identified in
the study;
  • Examine the role that various water entities might play in
financing and implementing artificial recharge projects;
and
  • Recommend legislative or regulatory changes needed to
implement the particularly identified artificial recharge
projects.
The bill directs the Colorado water conservation board to submit
a report summarizing the results of the study to the committees of the
general assembly with jurisdiction over water resources by January 1,
2022.

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