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S_AGR_2019A 04/17/2019 11:53:18 AM Committee Summary

PUBLIC
STAFF SUMMARY OF MEETING
SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES
Date 04/17/2019
Attendance
Coram X
Ginal X
Sonnenberg X
Danielson X
Donovan X
Time 11:53:18 AM to 12:55:20 PM
Place SCR 357
This Meeting was called to order by Senator Donovan
This Report was prepared by Matt Becker
Hearing Items Action Taken
HB19-1218 Postponed Indefinitely
HB19-1271 Postponed Indefinitely

X = Present, E = Excused, A = Absent, * = Present after roll call

HB19-1218 - Postponed Indefinitely


11:55:02 AM  
Senator Donovan presented House Bill 19-1218, which expands the number of years within a ten-year period that water loaned for instream flow purposes may be exercised from three years to five years and allows a loan to be renewed for up to two additional ten-year periods.
12:01:31 PM  
Representative Kathleen Curry, representing the Ute Water District, testified in opposition to the bill and responded to committee questions.
12:13:19 PM  
Becky Brooks, representing the Colorado Corn Growers Association and the Rio Grande Water Conservation District, testified in opposition to the bill.
12:15:16 PM  
Garin Vorthmann, representing the Colorado
Farm Bureau, testified in opposition to the bill and responded to committee
questions.
12:20:06 PM  
Joan Green Turner, representing the Water Rights Association of the South Platte, testified in opposition to the bill.
12:22:02 PM  
Bill Wombacher, representing the East Cherry Creek Valley Water and Sanitation District and the Arapahoe County Water and Wastewater Authority, testified on the bill.
12:25:47 PM  
Chris Piper, representing Denver Water, testified in support of the bill.
12:30:29 PM  

Aaron Citron, representing The Nature Conservancy, testified in support of the bill.

12:32:26 PM  
Linda Bassi, representing the Colorado
Water Conservation Board, testified in support of the bill.  Mr. Citron
responded to committee questions.  Senator Donovan requested that
the committee postpone the bill indefinitely and stated that the Water
Resources Review Committee would discuss this issue during the 2019 interim.


12:39:23 PM
Motion Postpone House Bill 19-1218 indefinitely.
Moved Donovan
Seconded
Coram Yes
Ginal Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS



HB19-1271 - Postponed Indefinitely


12:39:33 PM  
Senator Coram, co-prime sponsor, presented House Bill 19-1271, which clarifies the authority of the Colorado Water Conservation Board to augment stream flows with water that has been previously decreed for augmentation, without requiring a further change of the water right.
12:42:59 PM  
Kate Ryan, representing the Colorado Water Trust, testified in support of the bill.
12:43:57 PM  
David Taussig, representing the City of Thornton, testified in support of the bill.
12:45:07 PM  
Dan Biwer, representing the City of Greeley, testified in support of the bill. Ms. Ryan responded to committee questions.
12:49:22 PM  
Andy Jones, representing Central Colorado Water Conservation District and North Weld Water District, testified on the bill.
12:52:46 PM  
Eric Potyondy, representing the City of Fort Collins, testified in support of the bill.
12:53:22 PM  
Senator Coram made closing comments and requested that the committee postpone the bill indefinitely.


12:55:13 PM
Motion Postpone House Bill 19-1271 indefinitely.
Moved Coram
Seconded
Coram Yes
Ginal Yes
Sonnenberg Yes
Danielson Yes
Donovan Yes
Final YES: 5   NO: 0   EXC: 0   ABS:  0   FINAL ACTION:  PASS


12:55:20 PM   The committee adjourned.