Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers by P. Andrew Jones

By P. Andrew Jones

Why do humans struggle approximately water rights? Who comes to a decision how a lot water can be utilized via a urban or irrigator? Does the government become involved in kingdom water matters? Why is water in Colorado so arguable? those questions, and others like them, are addressed in Colorado Water legislations for Non-Lawyers. This concise and comprehensible remedy of the advanced internet of Colorado water legislation is the 1st booklet of its sort. criminal matters on the topic of water rights in Colorado first surfaced throughout the gold mining period within the 1800s and remain contentious this day with the explosive inhabitants progress of the twenty-first century. Drawing on geography and historical past, the authors discover the flashpoints and water wars that experience formed Colorado’s current procedure of water allocation and administration. additionally they handle how the program, constructed within the mid-1800s, is status as much as present tests—including the drought of the previous decade and the competing pursuits for scarce water resources—and expect the way it will withstand new calls for within the future.

This ebook will entice at scholars, non-lawyers concerned with water matters, and normal readers drawn to Colorado’s complicated water rights law.

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We discuss these legal differences in Chapters 5 through 8. Alluvial Aquifers Water-bearing sedimentary materials are found along river valleys such as the South Platte and Arkansas. Groundwater located in this material is often hydraulically connected to an adjacent surface stream. If so, this is called an alluvial aquifer (also referred to as tributary aquifers) because groundwater in the aquifer contributes to stream flow and vice versa. Examples of alluvial aquifers in Colorado include all or portions of the river valleys of the Republican, Arkansas, South Platte, Colorado, Yampa, White, Gunnison, San Juan, and Dolores Rivers.

The organ was powered where the aquifer lies near the land surface. 19 ing the 1990s. 16 Cross-sections: Denver Basin (reprinted from the Ground Water Atlas of Colorado, Special Publication 53, by Ralf Topper and others, ©2003, with permission from the Colorado Geological Survey) Colorado Climate, Geology, and Hydrology particularly between the Denver Tech Center and south to Castle Rock in Douglas County. The Laramie–Fox Hills Aquifer is also experiencing heavy use, with associated groundwater declines exceeding 250 feet in areas around Parker.

A disconnected stream is one that has no effect on, and gains no flow from, groundwater. Well drilling has been extensive in Colorado’s alluvial aquifers. 13 Pumping well near stream (reprinted from the Ground Water Atlas of Colorado, Special Publication 53, by Ralf Topper and others, ©2003, with permission from the Colorado Geological Survey) the number is over 12,000 in the South Platte. Over 90 percent of the wells along the Arkansas were completed to depths of less than 120 feet, with an average depth of only 58 feet.

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