HB17-1291 - Alternate Storage Not Change If Already Quantified

Passed/Signed into Law
Concerning the ability to store water at an alternate place of storage if the historical consumptive use of the water right has already been quantified in a previous change of the water right.

Current law allows water to be stored only at a location that has been specifically identified in a decree. The bill allows a water right for which the historical consumptive use was previously quantified to be stored in any reservoir, without the necessity of adjudicating an additional change of water right, if:


  • The water will be diverted from a point of diversion that has already been decreed for that water right and the alternate place of storage is located on the same ditch or reservoir system;
  • Previous notice is given to the division engineer;
  • Transit and ditch losses are assessed from the decreed point of diversion to the alternate place of storage;
  • The division engineer approves the proposed accounting of the storage; and
  • The water was not imported from another water division.
    (Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


Latest update: June 5, 2017
06/05/2017 - Governor Signed
05/18/2017 - Sent to the Governor
05/18/2017 - Signed by the President of the Senate
05/17/2017 - Signed by the Speaker of the House
05/03/2017 - Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
05/02/2017 - Senate Second Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/27/2017 - Senate Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy Refer Unamended - Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
04/24/2017 - Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Agriculture, Natural Resources, & Energy
04/24/2017 - House Third Reading Passed - No Amendments
04/21/2017 - House Second Reading Special Order - Passed with Amendments - Committee, Floor
04/17/2017 - House Committee on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Refer Amended to House Committee of the Whole
03/24/2017 - Introduced In House - Assigned to Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources