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SB18-170

Reservoir Releases For Fish And Wildlife Mitigation

Concerning a water court process by which an owner of a storage water right allowing water to be stored in new reservoir capacity may release water into an identified stream reach in a manner that protects the water releases while complying with mitigation measures identified in a fish and wildlife mitigation plan approved by the Colorado water conservation board.
Session:
2018 Regular Session
Subject:
Water
Bill Summary

Water storage rights - newly constructed or enlarged reservoirs - fish and wildlife mitigation plan - mitigation release - protection from diversion and use. The act establishes a water court process by which an owner of a water storage right allowing water to be stored in a newly constructed reservoir or an enlarged existing reservoir may comply with the mitigation measures identified in a fish and wildlife mitigation plan by contracting with the Colorado water conservation board to dedicate to the board, pursuant to a water court decree, an amount of water for release into, and protection from diversion and use through, a qualifying stream reach to avoid, minimize, or mitigate the probable impacts that the newly constructed or expanded reservoir has on fish and wildlife resources.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

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Introduced
Passed
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