Under the changed water right available in water division 1 or 2, the water right owner may apply for a renewable one-year substitute water supply plan through which the water right owner may lease, loan, or trade up to 50% of the historical consumptive use portion of the water subject to the water right without designating the specific beneficial use for the leased, loaned, or traded water. The one-year substitute water supply plan authorizing the lease, loan, or trade of water may be renewed twice without reapplying if the terms and conditions of the plan remain unchanged. A new application is required every 3 years to maintain the substitute water supply plan.
Pursuant to rules developed by the state engineer and reviewed by the water judge for water division 1, the state engineer may approve a one-year renewable substitute water supply plan authorizing the lease, loan, or trade of water subject to an agricultural water protection water right in water division 1 or 2 if the following conditions are met:
- The remaining portion of the water subject to the water right must continue to be used for agricultural purposes;
- The water right must be protected by the owner's participation in an agricultural water protection water program, for which the Colorado water conservation board will establish minimum criteria and guidelines;
- The owner shall not lease, loan, or trade water subject to the water right outside of the water division with jurisdiction over the location of historical consumptive use; and
- The transferable portion of the water subject to the water right must be delivered to a point of diversion that is subject to an existing water court decree.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)