SB18-170

SB18-170 - Reservoir Releases For Fish And Wildlife Mitigation

Passed/Signed into Law
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.

Current law requires an applicant for a water diversion, delivery, or storage facility that requires an application for a permit, license, or other approval from the United States to submit for approval a proposal to the Colorado water conservation board (board), parks and wildlife commission, and the division of parks and wildlife for a fish and wildlife mitigation plan (mitigation plan), which mitigation plan, when approved, is communicated to each federal, state, or other governmental agency from the which the applicant must obtain a permit, license, or other approval.

The bill 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 mitigation plan by contracting with the 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 the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

 

Latest update: April 12, 2018
04/12/2018 - Governor Signed
04/09/2018 - Sent to the Governor
04/06/2018 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
04/04/2018 - Signed by the President of the Senate
03/29/2018 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/28/2018 - House Third Reading Laid Over to 03/29/2018 - No Amendments
03/27/2018 - House Third Reading Laid Over to 03/28/2018 - No Amendments
03/26/2018 - House Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/23/2018 - House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/26/2018 - No Amendments
03/22/2018 - House Second Reading Laid Over to 03/23/2018 - No Amendments
03/19/2018 - House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
03/13/2018 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources
03/08/2018 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
03/06/2018 - Senate Third Reading Laid Over to 03/08/2018 - No Amendments
03/05/2018 - Senate Second Reading Passed with Amendments - Committee
02/28/2018 - Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Amended to Senate Committee of the Whole
02/21/2018 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy