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Frequently Asked Questions: Instream Flow Definition

Title

Instream Flow Definition 

Program Area

Environment 

Specific Program

New Appropriations 

CWCB Section

Stream & Lake Protection 

Question

What is an instream flow?

Answer

An instream flow is a new junior water right held exclusively by the Board for the purpose of preserving the natural environment to a reasonable degree. Instream flow water rights are decreed for a specific rate of flow through a specific reach of stream. An instream flow water right has an upper and lower terminus, usually identified as the confluence with another stream, and is administered as any other water right in Colorado according to the Doctrine of Prior Appropriation.
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Created at 6/30/2010 9:32 AM  by System Account 
Last modified at 6/30/2010 9:32 AM  by System Account