Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers by P. Andrew Jones

By P. Andrew Jones

Why do humans struggle approximately water rights? Who comes to a decision how a lot water can be utilized by way of a urban or irrigator? Does the government get entangled in kingdom water concerns? Why is water in Colorado so arguable? those questions, and others like them, are addressed in Colorado Water legislations for Non-Lawyers. This concise and comprehensible therapy of the complicated net of Colorado water legislation is the 1st publication of its type. felony concerns regarding water rights in Colorado first surfaced through the gold mining period within the 1800s and stay contentious this day with the explosive inhabitants progress of the twenty-first century. Drawing on geography and historical past, the authors discover the flashpoints and water wars that experience formed Colorado’s current approach of water allocation and administration. additionally they tackle how the program, built within the mid-1800s, is status as much as present tests—including the drought of the earlier decade and the competing pursuits for scarce water resources—and are expecting the way it will withstand new calls for within the future.

This publication will attract at scholars, non-lawyers concerned with water concerns, and basic readers drawn to Colorado’s complicated water rights law.

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12). High groundwater levels can allow some groundwater to move slowly into an adjacent streambed. In this situation the stream is considered a “gaining stream” because groundwater provides a base flow to the surface stream. The South Platte River east of Greeley is often a gaining river during winter months because of the inflow of significant amounts of alluvial groundwater from the adjacent alluvial aquifer. By contrast, the Arkansas River is a “losing stream” during some times of the year. ) A disconnected stream is one that has no effect on, and gains no flow from, groundwater.

15 Denver Basin (reprinted from the Ground Water Atlas of Colorado, Special Publication 53, by Ralf Topper and others, ©2003, with permission from the Colorado Geological Survey) The first groundwater formation of the Denver Basin—downward from the land surface—is the Dawson Aquifer. It covers approximately 1,400 square miles between Denver and Colorado Springs and has a total thickness ranging from a few feet to 1,200 feet. The water-yielding thickness (or saturated thickness) is ap- 27 Colorado Climate, Geology, and Hydrology proximately 400 feet at the deepest portion of the formation.

The project was short-lived, however, and the ditch was soon abandoned. 2). The fort was established along the north bank of the Arkansas River—the international border between Mexico and the United States at that time. About forty acres were irrigated at the fort, which was located midway between the present towns of Las Animas (Spanish for the Souls) and La Junta (Spanish for the Junction). Problems were plentiful, particularly with grazing horses and travelers who helped themselves to corn and produce from the irrigated fields.

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