Cooperative Agreements for Drought Response
Tracy Bouvette and Nina Nichols
Colorado water users rely on the doctrine of prior appropriations
to utilize and manage their collective water rights for beneficial
use. This doctrine guarantees senior water rights holders their
entire appropriation, regardless of whether this means flow is available
for junior water right holders in times of water scarcity. While
Colorado water law strictly defines access to water rights, water
users have employed many types of agreements to distribute water
in times of scarcity. Respondents to the Drought & Water Supply
Assessment were surveyed to determine what cooperative agreements
they use and /or need to manage water supply during drought.
16 in pdf.
Water Conservation Board