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HB17-1219

Extend Colorado Water Conservation Board Fallowing And Leasing Pilot Program

Concerning an extension of the agricultural water leasing pilot program administered by the Colorado water conservation board.
Session:
2017 Regular Session
Subject:

The Colorado water conservation board (board) administers a pilot program to demonstrate the practice of fallowing agricultural irrigation land and leasing the associated water rights for temporary municipal, agricultural, environmental, industrial, or recreational use. Under the current pilot program, the board, in consultation with the state engineer, may authorize up to 10 pilot projects, each of a duration up to 10 years. Of the 10 pilot projects that the board may authorize, no more than 3 pilot projects may be located in any one of the following major river basins: The South Platte river basin; the Arkansas river basin; the Rio Grande river basin; and the Colorado river basin. An applicant must apply on or before December 31, 2018, to sponsor a pilot project. The pilot program is scheduled to be completed in 2029, at which time the board, in consultation with the state engineer, is required to provide a final report to the water resources review committee, or its successor committee, on the results of the pilot projects authorized.

The bill extends the pilot program as follows:

  • The board, in consultation with the state engineer, may authorize up to 15 pilot projects;
  • No more than 5 pilot projects may be located in any one of the 4 major river basins listed above;
  • An applicant must apply on or before December 31, 2023, to sponsor a pilot project; and
  • The pilot program would be completed in 2034, at which time the board, in consultation with the state engineer, would provide a final report to the water resources review committee or its successor committee.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status

Introduced
Passed

Bill Text

  • All Versions (6 )
    Date Bill Type Documents
    04/25/2017 Final Act PDF
    04/12/2017 Rerevised PDF
    04/11/2017 Revised PDF
    03/29/2017 Reengrossed PDF
    03/28/2017 Engrossed PDF
    03/02/2017 Introduced PDF