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Colorado Supreme Court upholds limits on transfer of water rights from farmers to suburbs - growth

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  • Teresa Binstock
    http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_18179696 ...In a 77-page decision, Justice Gregory J. Hobbs emphasized that in order to prevent an unlawful enlargement of
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      ...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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