HB17-1219

HB17-1219 - Extend Colorado Water Conservation Board Fallowing And Leasing Pilot Program

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning an extension of the agricultural water leasing pilot program administered by the Colorado water conservation board.

The Colorado water conservation board (board) administers a pilot program to demonstrate the practice of fallowing agricultural irrigation land and leasing the associated water rights for temporary municipal, agricultural, environmental, industrial, or recreational use. Under the current pilot program, the board, in consultation with the state engineer, may authorize up to 10 pilot projects, each of a duration up to 10 years. Of the 10 pilot projects that the board may authorize, no more than 3 pilot projects may be located in any one of the following major river basins: The South Platte river basin; the Arkansas river basin; the Rio Grande river basin; and the Colorado river basin. An applicant must apply on or before December 31, 2018, to sponsor a pilot project. The pilot program is scheduled to be completed in 2029, at which time the board, in consultation with the state engineer, is required to provide a final report to the water resources review committee, or its successor committee, on the results of the pilot projects authorized.

The bill extends the pilot program as follows:

 

  • The board, in consultation with the state engineer, may authorize up to 15 pilot projects;
  • No more than 5 pilot projects may be located in any one of the 4 major river basins listed above;
  • An applicant must apply on or before December 31, 2023, to sponsor a pilot project; and
  • The pilot program would be completed in 2034, at which time the board, in consultation with the state engineer, would provide a final report to the water resources review committee or its successor committee.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

     

Latest update: May 3, 2017
05/03/2017 - Governor Signed
04/26/2017 - Sent to the Governor
04/25/2017 - Signed by the President of the Senate
04/21/2017 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/12/2017 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/11/2017 - Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/06/2017 - Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
03/29/2017 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
03/29/2017 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/28/2017 - House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/23/2017 - House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/28/2017 - No Amendments
03/20/2017 - House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
03/02/2017 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources