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Frequently Asked Questions: Water Leaving the State

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Water Leaving the State 

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Legal 

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CWCB Section

Interstate & Federal 

Question

Why do we have to send water downstream to California?

Answer

Pursuant to the Colorado River Compact of 1922 Colorado is only authorized to use a certain portion of the river flow. We can exceed our entitlement (except under tightly defined provisions), and we cannot withhold water that we cannot currently use. The other compacts with Colorado's neighboring states all have similar restrictions on how much water Colorado users may divert or consume or establish various enforceable stateline delivery obligations as a matter of law.
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Created at 6/26/2010 9:31 AM  by System Account 
Last modified at 6/26/2010 9:31 AM  by System Account