Aging Infrastructure

July 18, 2017
The Colorado River District supports federal and state appropriations and programs that support and encourage investment in capital maintenance, including extraordinary maintenance, to address and maintain – and upgrade where possible – the full function and benefit of Colorado’s aging water infrastructure. (policy as .pdf)

Agricultural Water Use

July 21, 2015
The Colorado River District supports and promotes Western Colorado agriculture and will partner with agricultural interests to ensure a vibrant agriculture sector in Western Colorado. (policy as .pdf)

Colorado’s Entitlement to Colorado River Basin Water

April 18, 2017
The Colorado River District supports and will remain involved in statewide efforts to better determine Colorado`s current use and remaining development potential of its Colorado River compact entitlement. (policy as .pdf)

Colorado River Compacts

April 18, 2017
The Colorado River Compacts of 1922 and 1948 must be enforced, protected and defended from legal challenge or amendment unless all seven basin states agree to the terms of any proposed change. (policy as .pdf)

Colorado River Storage Project Act

April 18, 2017
The Colorado River District supports the development of authorized and participating projects under the Colorado River Storage Project Act wherever economically, hydrologically, and environmentally feasible. (policy as .pdf)

Colorado Water Plan

July 21, 2015
The Colorado River District believes the Colorado Water Plan can contribute positively to the protection, development, and stewardship of Colorado’s water resources. (policy as .pdf)

Endangered Species Act

April 19, 2016
Congress should reauthorize the Endangered Species Act and amend provisions of the Act to provide for better implementation that focuses on species recovery, encourages and rewards constructive and meaningful partnerships with non-federal parties, and respects private property rights including water rights. (policy as .pdf)

Existing Transmountain Diversion Projects

July 19, 2011
The water rights for several existing transmountain diversion projects were adjudicated with specific operating conditions included to protect the basin-of-origin. The Colorado River District will ensure these conditions are honored and upheld for the protection of in-basin water users and water resources. (policy as .pdf)

Federal Water Rights

April 15, 2015
The policy of the Colorado River District is that when the Congress or the President creates special federal land designations, such designations must clearly and explicitly specify and quantify the minimum amount, if any, of water necessary to fulfill the purpose of the land reservation. (policy as .pdf)

Interstate Water Marketing

April 18, 2017
The Colorado River District opposes any proposal to market Colorado River water between the states of the Upper Colorado River Basin and Lower Colorado River Basin without the unanimous consent of all seven states. (policy as .pdf)

Instream Flows

July 20, 2016
The Colorado River District recognizes and supports the environmental and human benefits of flowing rivers and streams. The values and benefits of instream flows, however, must be balanced with the need for consumptive water uses in an arid West. (policy as .pdf)

Pre-Compact Colorado River Basin Water Rights

October 6, 2008
The Colorado River District will pursue and advocate for legislation to protect pre-compact water rights. (policy as .pdf)

Prior Appropriations

April 15, 2015
The Colorado River District supports Colorado’s system of prior appropriation as a fair and orderly system for allocating Colorado’s scarce water resources. (policy as .pdf)

Public Records Policy and Fee Schedule

July 1, 2014
The public records of the River District are available for review at the River District’s office during normal business hours. Any individual or organization wishing to review River District records should provide written notice three days in advance. The River District may deny access to certain public records consistent with C.R.S. §24-72-204 and other applicable law. (policy as .pdf)

Recreational Water Use

April 19, 2016
The Colorado River District supports recreational water uses and the water rights that confirm recreational water uses that balance recreational needs with historical and future consumptive water uses, including water use by exchange and that do not adversely impact the ability to fully develop for beneficial use Colorado’s entitlements under the Compacts of 1922 and 1948 within the River District. (policy as .pdf)

State Funding: Water Projects and Programs

July 18, 2017
The Colorado River District believes all state water-related projects and programs should be evaluated, prioritized and funded on a common and consistent basis (i.e., eliminate the current, uncertain and erratic Tier II funding category). (policy as .pdf)

Transmountain Water Diversions

April 18, 2017
The River District will advocate that the transmountain diverted waters be efficiently used and fully reused to extinction and ensure that mitigation conditions on existing transmountain diversion projects are honored and upheld. (policy as .pdf)

Upper Colorado River Basin Endangered Fish Recovery Program

April 17, 2013
The Colorado River District supports the Upper Colorado River Endangered Fish Recovery Program and its dual purpose of recovering fish species listed as endangered while allowing historical water use and water development to continue consistent with state law and Colorado’s entitlements under the Colorado River Compacts. (policy as .pdf)

Water Marketing for Wolford Mountain Reservoir

January 19, 2016
The Colorado River District and the Colorado River Water Projects Enterprise is authorized and directed to provide for the beneficial use of water available for use from the Enterprise’s storage capacity in Wolford Mountain Reservoir and other sources of supply such as Eagle Park Reservoir. (policy as .pdf)

Water Marketing for the Yampa River 

January 19, 2016
The Colorado River District and the Colorado River Water Projects Enterprise is authorized and directed to provide for the beneficial use of water available for use from the Enterprise’s storage capacity in Elkhead Reservoir. (policy as .pdf)

Water Quality

April 19, 2016
The Colorado River District`s primary objective with respect to water quality is to protect the ability of the district’s residents to use water beneficially now and in the future. (policy as .pdf) 

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