Monitoring legislation is integral to keeping a finger on the pulse of dynamic water policy in the state. On behalf of its diverse constituents in southwestern Colorado, the Southwestern Water Conservation District (SWCD) tracks state water legislation closely. Beth Van Vurst, SWCD General Counsel, and Chris Treese, lobbyist, ensure the views and priorities of southwestern Colorado are considered as the State legislature enacts new laws affecting water resources.

SWCD staff provides regular written summaries of water-related legislation during the session, which are found below. These summaries are distributed via email as a service to interested stakeholders. If you would like to sign up for these regular email updates, please contact [email protected]. SWCD staff also provides updates via biweekly teleconferences with the Board of Directors. If you would like to get email notifications for these calls, please contact [email protected]. We hope you find these services informative and beneficial.

The first regular session of the 73rd Colorado General Assembly convened on January 13, 2021 and then temporarily adjourned until February 16, 2021.

SWCD supports the following legislation:

SB21-054 Transfers For Wildfire Mitigation And Response (PASSED & SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

SB21-189 Colorado Water Conservation Board Construction Fund Project

SB21-220 Reverse Transfers from Severance Tax Operational Fund  (PASSED & SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

SB21-234 General Fund Transfer Agriculture and Drought Resiliency

SB21-240 Watershed Restoration Grant Program Stimulus

HJR21-1002 Water Projects Eligibility Lists (PASSED & SIGNED BY GOVERNOR)

HB21-1008 Forest Health Project Financing (PASSED & AWAITING GOVERNOR’S CONSIDERATION)

HB21-1105 Low-income Utility Payment Assistance Contributions

HB21-1226 More Robust Check Station Aquatic Nuisance Species (PASSED & AWAITING GOVERNOR’S CONSIDERATION)

HB21-1260 General Fund Transfer Implement State Water Plan

SWCD is monitoring the following legislation:

SB21-034 Water Resource Financing Enterprise (POSTPONED INDEFINITELY)

SB21-237 Create Forest Health Council in Department of Natural Resources

HB21-1043 Study Underground Water Storage Maximum Beneficial Use

HB21-1046 Water Share Right Mutual Ditch Corporation (PASSED & AWAITING GOVERNOR’S CONSIDERATION)

HB21-1233 Conservation Easement Tax Credits

HB21-1266 Environmental Justice Disproportionate Impacted Community

HB21-1268 Study Emerging Technologies for Water Management

SWCD opposes the following legislation:

SB21-087 Agricultural Workers’ Rights

SB21-164 Uniform Easement Relocation Act (POSTPONED INDEFINITELY)

Below are the 2021 legislative summaries from SWCD.  Click here for the bill status report provided by Colorado Water Congress.

The SWCD Board supported the following legislation during the 2018 session:

Below are the 2018 legislative summaries from SWCD.  Click here for the bill status report provided by Colorado Water Congress.