Water Bill Advances to Governor’s Desk

May 6th @ 3:27 pm in News by katymitchel

A bill on Colorado water rights is waiting for the Governor’s signature. SB23 was introduced by Sen. Gail Schwartz, whose district includes Delta County. The Daily Sentinel reports The bill is designed to allow ranchers to implement water conservation measures on nonconsumptive water and donate that water for in-stream flow use without losing rights to the water they still own. Supporters, say it is entirely voluntary and is intended to increase stream flows to benefit the environment. Opponents say it will have the unintended consequence of stealing junior water rights from people downstream from ranchers who implement such water-saving measures.. It is unknown if the Governor will sign or veto it.