Colorado Supreme Court upholds limits on transfer of water rights from farmers to suburbs - growth
...In a 77-page decision, Justice Gregory J. Hobbs emphasized that "in
order to prevent an unlawful enlargement" of agricultural water rights
the suburban provider had purchased, those water rights had to be
limited to the 200 cubic feet per second historically diverted from the
South Platte River and used for irrigation above Barr Lake.
Suburbs applying in water court to convert agricultural water to a
municipal- use designation must show that their use of water will not
hurt other users of water rights, Hobbs said. And once a provider
acquires water from farmers, the utility "runs a real risk of a re-
quantification of the water right based on" historical use....
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