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Legislation

Legislative Bill # Bill Title  Bill Description  CWCB Program Areas 
SB12S-002 2012 Construction Fund Bill Provides over $6 million for watershed protection, flood control programs, satellite monitoring of stream gauge systems, and other programs and projects, and $55 million in reservoir projects.
HB11-1274 2011 Construction Fund Bill Provides over $2.9 million for watershed protection, flood control programs, satellite monitoring of stream gage systems, and other projects. Also appropriates the 2nd $12 million installment towards the State’s purchase of A-LP project water.
HB11-1177 Concerning an Extension of the Ability to Make Voluntary Contributions via Income Tax to the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund Authorizes the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund to be added to the Colorado Individual Income Tax Refund Check-off Program to give taxpayers the opportunity to voluntarily contribute to watershed protection efforts in Colorado. Moneys collected in the Fund will be made available in a grant program established jointly by the CWCB and the Water Quality Control Commission, in cooperation with the Colorado Watershed Assembly. 
SB11-203 Concerning the Species Conservation Trust Fund, and, in Connection Therewith, Approving the Species Conservation Eligibility List Appropriates money from the Native Species Conservation Trust Fund (SCTF) to fund studies and programs dedicated to recovering species listed as threatened and endangered under state law; recovering and protecting federal candidate species; conducting scientific studies related to the listing or delisting of any species; and evaluating genetic, habitat and declining species baseline data.
SB11-090 Concerning the Continuation of the Issuance of Permits for Weather Modification Operations, and, in Connection Therewith, Implementing the Sunset Review Recommendations of the Department of Regulatory Agencies Provides DNR with the authority to carry out the weather modification permitting program in Colorado for both cloud seeding and hail suppression operations.
HB10-1250 2010 Construction Fund Bill Authorizes up to $36 million in water purchase for the A-LP project and provides more than $3.0 million for CWCB programs.
HB10-1051 Concerning Additional Information Regarding Covered Entities' Water Efficiency Plans Requires covered entities to report water use and conservation data on an annual basis, to be used for statewide water supply planning. Directs the CWCB to adopt guidelines regarding the reporting of water use and conservation data by covered entities, and to report to the legislature.
HB09-1129  Authorization of Rainwater Harvesting Pilot Projects  Calls for the CWCB to establish Criteria and Guidelines for applications and the selection of rainwater harvesting pilot projects to gain additional information about the feasibility of rainwater harvesting as a water conservation measure in the state. 
SB09-125  2009 Construction Fund Bill   Provides more than $8.0 million for CWCB programs. 
HB08-1346  2008 Construction Fund Bill   Authorizes more than $70 million for new water project loans and provides more than $5.0 million for CWCB programs.  
HB08-1280  Concerning Protection of Water Rights Used by CWCB for Instream Flows Under Contracts With Water Rights Owners  Provides that leasing water to the CWCB for instream flow use will not result in a reduction of the historic consumptive use credited to the subject water right in any future water court proceeding to change that water right, and will not give rise to a presumption of abandonment of that water right. 
HB08-1241  Healthy Rivers Fund  Authorizes the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund to be added to the Colorado Individual Income Tax Refund Check-off Program to give taxpayers the opportunity to voluntarily contribute to watershed protection efforts in Colorado. Moneys collected in the Fund will be made available in a grant program established jointly by the CWCB and the Water Quality Control Commission, in cooperation with the Colorado Watershed Assembly. 
SB07-122  2007 Construction Fund Bill   Authorizes more than $145 million for new loans and provides more than $5.0 million for CWCB programs. 
SB07-008  Expansion of the Water Efficiency Grant Program   Broadens the use of the Water Efficiency Grant Program to include water conservation planning and implementation, education and public outreach, and drought mitigation and implementation; increases funding for the Grant Program, effective through June 30, 2020. 
HB06-1400  Interbasin Compact Charter and CWCB Appropriations   Approves the IBCC charter and provides a permanent funding for the process. 
HB06-1385  The Long Bill  Creates the Water Supply Planning Section (formerly known as the Intrastate Water Management and Development Section), which implements SWSI and the Water Supply Reserve Account, develops reconnaissance-level water supply alternatives and tracks and supports water supply projects and planning processes. 
HB06-1313  2006 Construction Fund Bill   Provides nearly $4 million for CWCB programs.  
SB06-179 Water Supply Reserve Account - Grant and Loan Program Funds the Water Supply Reserve Account (Account), which directs the State Treasurer to annually transfer $10 million from the Operational Account of the Severance Tax Trust Fund to the Account. These monies are available to the basin roundtables to fund water activities associated with each Roundtable's consumptive and nonconsumptive needs assessments.
SB06-37 Concerning the Adjudication of Recreational In-channel Diversions Updates procedures for application for RICD water rights; clarifies the role of the CWCB hearing process and determination of findings of fact to submit to water court.
HB05-1254 The Water Efficiency Grant Program Act Creates the Water Efficiency Grant Program to provide entities with financial assistance to implement water conservation plan measures and promote water conservation education and public outreach around the state.
HB05-1177 Water for the 21st Century Act Creates two new structures: 1) the Interbasin Compact Committee (IBCC), and 2) the Basin Roundtables.
SB05-084 2005 Construction Fund Bill Authorizes more than $20 million for new loans and provides nearly $4 million for CWCB programs.
HB04-1365 The Water Conservation Act of 2004 Amends the water conservation planning requirements in HB91-1154 and changes the law to mandate that all covered entities must develop water conservation plans to be approved by the CWCB; also expands the duties of the Office of Water Conservation, changing the name to the Office of Water Conservation and Drought Planning; also provides a funding source for water conservation and drought mitigation planning projects.
SB03-110 2003 Construction Fund Bill  Authorizes the Statewide Water Supply Initiative (SWSI), which implemented a collaborative approach to water resource issues by establishing SWSI roundtables. The SWSI focused on using a common technical basis for identifying and quantifying water needs and issues.
SB01-216 Concerning the Establishment of a Procedure for the Adjudication of a Recreational In-channel Diversion by a Local Government, and Making an Appropriation Therefore Establishes the ability of and procedures for local government entities to apply for and hold an in-channel water right for recreational uses (Recreational In-channel Diversion).
SB96-90 Continuation of Weather Modification Permitting Provides DNR with the authority to carry out the weather modification permitting program in Colorado for both cloud seeding and hail suppression operations.
HB92-1129 Ground Based Winter Operations Provides additional information pertaining to SB 96-90 regarding ground-based cloud seeding operations in Colorado.
HB92-1018 Sunset of the Weather Modification Advisory Committee Reviews the current weather modification legislation and determines if continuation of the program is reasonable and justified.
HB91-1154  The Water Conservation Act of 1991   Creates the Office of Water Conservation within the CWCB to increase water use efficiency.