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s_agr_2017a_2017-03-09t14:00:08z4 Hearing Summary

Date: 03/09/2017

Location: SCR 357

Final

BILL SUMMARY for HB17-1076



SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, NATURAL RESOURCES, & ENERGY


Votes: View--> Action Taken:
Refer House Bill 17-1076 to the Committee of the W PASS







03:28 PM -- HB17-1076



Senator Coram and Senator Fenberg, co-prime sponsors, described the provisions of House Bill 17-1076 concerning artificial recharge of nontributary aquifer rules. Under current law, the State Engineer in the Department of Natural Resources, is required to promulgate rules for the permitting and use of waters artificially recharged into the Dawson, Denver, Arapahoe, and Laramie-Fox Hills aquifers. This bill adds the requirement that the State Engineer promulgate rules for the permitting and use of waters artificially recharged into a nontributary groundwater aquifer by July 1, 2018.



The following persons testified on the bill:



03:29 PM --
Dianna Orf, Colorado Water Congress, spoke in support of the bill and discussed the growing need for water and water storage in Colorado.



03:33 PM --
Courtney Hemenway, representing himself, spoke in support of the bill and explained how the Centennial Water and Sanitation District uses aquifer storage and recovery to manage its water supply. He also discussed the cost of the permitting process for aquifer storage compared with surface water storage facilities.



03:37 PM --
Ralf Topper, representing himself, spoke in support of the bill and identified water districts and municipal water providers that use aquifer storage and recovery to manage their water supplies.



03:41 PM --
Kevin Rein, Deputy State Engineer, Division of Water Resources, spoke in support of the bill and explained the difference between aquifer storage and recovery and aquifer recharge. He also discussed the advantages of storing water in nontributary aquifers and described the rule making process.



03:48 PM



The chair closed testimony, and Senator Coram and Senator Fenberrg closed their remarks on the bill.


BILL: HB17-1076
TIME: 03:48:23 PM
MOVED: Fenberg
MOTION: Refer House Bill 17-1076 to the Committee of the Whole. The motion passed on a vote of 10-1.
SECONDED:
VOTE
Cooke
Yes
Coram
Yes
Donovan
Yes
Fenberg
Yes
Fields
Yes
Garcia
Yes
Jones
Yes
Marble
No
Scott
Yes
Tate
Yes
(none)
Baumgardner
Yes
Final YES: 10 NO: 1 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS







03:50 PM



The committee adjourned.








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