State Legislature

Monitoring the legislative process 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 bills closely.  SWCD works toward ensuring the views and priorities of southwestern Colorado are considered as new laws are enacted affecting our State’s water resources.

SWCD provides regular written summaries of water-related bills 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 morock@swwcd.org. The SWCD Board of Directors also discusses proposed state legislation in biweekly special meetings. If you would like to get email notifications for these Zoom meetings, please contact morock@swwcd.org. We hope you find these services informative and beneficial.

SWCD took a position of support on the following legislation:

    • HB24-1435 – CWCB Projects Bill
      • SWCD board took the position of support at their April Board Meeting (04/10/24)
    • SJR24-004 – Approval of Water Project Revolving Fund Eligibility Lists Administered by the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority
      • SWCD Board voted to take a position of support on SJR24-004.
    • SB24-199 – Species Conservaation Trust Fund Projects
      • SWCD board took the position of support at their April Board Meeting (04/10/24)

SWCD took a position of amend on the following legislation:

    • SB24-197 – Task Force Recommendations
      • SWCD board took the position of amend at their April Board Meeting (04/10/24) to remove industrial water element as it wasn’t approved by the Drought Task Force.

SWCD is monitoring the following legislation:

        • HB24-1379 – Regulation of State Waters #2
        • SB24-005 – Prohibit Landscaping Practices for Water Conservation
          • Signed by Governor
        • SB24-026 – Agriculture & Natural Resouces Public Engagement Requirement
          • Waiting for the Goveners signature
        • SB24-127- Regulation of State Waters #1

The first regular session of the 74th Colorado General Assembly will convene on January 9, 2023.

 

SWCD took a position of support for the following Legislation:

SB23-177 CWCB Water Projects Funding Bill  03/16/2023

SWCD took a position of Amend for the following Legislation:

SB23-270 Stream Restoration Bill (Supported 1st tier, amend 2nd tier) 04/13/2023

SB23-295 Task Force – (Amend to keep task force balanced) 04/27/2023

SWCD took a position of opposition for the following Legislation: 

SB23-213 Land Use 04/13/2023

Bill Tracking and Reports:

SWDC_Bill Tracking List_March29

SWCD_Bill Report_March29

2023 February Bill Tracking Sheet

The second regular session of the 73rd Colorado General Assembly adjourned on May 11, 2022. The first regular session of the 74th will convene on January 9, 2023.

SWCD supported the following 2022 legislation, all of which passed and were signed into law by the governor:

SWCD opposed the following 2022 legislation, which was postponed indefinitely:

Below are SWCD’s summaries of water-related legislation.