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Frequently Asked Questions: Water Acquistion Definition

Title

Water Acquistion Definition 

Program Area

Environment 

Specific Program

Water Acquisitions 

CWCB Section

Stream & Lake Protection 

Question

What is a water acquisition?

Answer

When the Colorado legislature created the Instream Flow Program in 1973, it authorized the Board to appropriate and acquire water rights to preserve the natural environment of streams and lakes in the state. In 2002, the legislature broadened the CWCB's authority to allow water acquisitions to IMPROVE the natural environment. CWCB staff works with water right owners and conservation groups to acquire existing, decreed water rights on a strictly voluntary basis to achieve these purposes.
The CWCB can acquire water by "purchase, bequest, donation, devise, lease, exchange or any other contractual agreement."
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Created at 6/30/2010 9:35 AM  by System Account 
Last modified at 6/30/2010 9:35 AM  by System Account