Statutory Framework for Drought Management
Jim Lochhead and Avra Morgan
This chapter focuses on statutory and other legal tools available
in Colorado for coping with drought. The chapter begins with a narrative
discussion of how the focus of Colorado water law on the protection
of private property rights shapes opportunities for dealing with
drought. Following is a listing of legal tools applicable to water
supply and drought management in Colorado under federal, state,
and local laws. Examples of materials covered in the chapter include
local restrictions on residential irrigation; state statutory tools,
such as augmentation plans and instream flows; and federally authorized
programs for financial and technical assistance relating to drought.
The chapter also discusses examples of voluntary measures taken
by major water users in Colorado developed in cooperative efforts
within the framework of Colorado water law to ameliorate the effects
of drought on other water users and on the environment.
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Water Conservation Board