HB17-1289 - State Engineer Rules Historical Consumptive Use

Postponed Indefinitely
Concerning a requirement that the state engineer promulgate rules that establish an optional streamlined approach to calculate the historical consumptive use of a water right.

When a water right owner wishes to change a water right–whether a temporary loan or change approved by the state engineer or a permanent change approved by a water judge–the determination of the amount of water that can be loaned or changed relies on a calculation of the historical consumptive use of the water right. The bill directs the state engineer to promulgate rules that take into account local conditions that an applicant can use to calculate historical consumptive use. The results of the calculation carry no presumptive weight before the state engineer, water referee, or water judge.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Latest update: April 10, 2017
04/10/2017 - House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Lay Over Unamended - Amendment(s) Failed
03/23/2017 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources