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Frequently Asked Questions: Retaining Water as a Headwaters State


Retaining Water as a Headwaters State 

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If the rivers all start in Colorado, we should just keep all the water in the state. It's ours, isn't it?


Early settlers in Colorado believed that to be the case. However, several decisions of the US Supreme Court in the early 1900's determined that the law was otherwise. In an arid region where scarce water was being allocated between users within the state by priority of appropriation the federal law of equitable apportionment between states was adopted to prevent any one state from claiming the entire resource for their exclusive use. Colorado now has compacts or apportionment decrees with all neighboring states to share the water that originates here.
Created at 6/26/2010 9:34 AM  by System Account 
Last modified at 6/26/2010 9:34 AM  by System Account