In Brief: Colorado’s oldest water rights get extra protection

Every 10 years, engineers and water commissioners from the Colorado Division of Water Resources review every Colorado water right to determine if it has been used in the previous decade. If it hasn’t been used, it could land on the decennial abandonment list, which is scheduled for release this July. However, for only the second time in the state’s history, state engineer Kevin Rein instructed Western Slope division engineers not to include rights that pre-date the 1922 Colorado River Compact on the abandonment list.

Read more in this report from The Aspen Times.

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