Bill easing waters passes first test |

Bill easing waters passes first test

Daily Staff Writer

Daily Staff ReportASPEN – A bill that would allow private water rights owners to temporarily lend water to maintain a higher flow in streams and rivers passed an important first test in the Colorado Legislature this week.he House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee unanimously passed House Bill-1039. The bill was introduced by Rep. Kathleen Curry, D-Gunninson.”The bill provides a useful tool for willing parties seeking to temporarily loan water for instream loan purposes,” Curry said in a prepared statement.The bill would change restrictions on private water rights owners who wish to temporarily loan some of their water to the Colorado Water Conservation Board for instream flow purposes. Currently, agricultural water right owners can temporarily lend water in the instream loan program only when the governor declares a drought.Curry’s bill would allow such voluntary loans for a maximum of three years during a 10-year period.Vail, Colorado

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