State water plan
- legislative declaration
- grant program
(1)State water plan.
(a)Finds that the primary purpose of a state water plan is to determine state policy regarding the optimal conservation and development of Colorado’s water resources;
(b)Determines that the general assembly is primarily responsible for guiding the development of state water policy; and
(c)Declares that enactment of this section is necessary to protect the interests of the public in the state’s water resources and that in enacting this section, the general assembly intends to engage the people of the state in a public dialogue regarding optimum state water policy; affirm its delegation of policy-making authority to the board, subject to direction by the general assembly; and not interfere with, but instead to promote the policies, processes, basin roundtable plans, and interbasin compact negotiations conducted pursuant to the “Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act”, article 75 of this title 37, and the interbasin compact charter as approved by the general assembly acting by bill as specified in section 37-75-105 (2).
(3)Development of plan.
(a)Develop the state water plan with the involvement of the public and the basin roundtables, as created in section 37-75-104 (3)(b), and provide opportunities for public comment before adopting any final or significantly amended plan; and
(b)Notify the water resources and agriculture review committee created in section 37-98-102 of any proposed significant amendments to the plan, as determined by the board, by June 1 of any year in which the amendment is proposed to be adopted; present the proposed amendment to the committee by August 1 of that year; and consider the committee’s feedback submitted pursuant to section 37-98-103 (6)(c) by November 1 of that year.
(6)Water plan implementation grant program.
(a)Eligible applicants are limited to:
(I)Governmental entities, including covered entities, as defined in section 37-60-126 (1)(b), if the covered entity has adopted an approved water conservation plan; municipalities; districts; enterprises; counties; cities and counties; and state agencies; and
(II)Private entities, including mutual ditch companies, nonprofit corporations, and partnerships.
(b)Eligible projects are limited to:
(I)Water storage and supply projects, including projects that facilitate the development of additional storage, artificial recharge into aquifers, dredging existing reservoirs to restore the reservoirs’ full decreed storage capacity, multi-beneficial use projects, and those projects identified in basin implementation plans to address the water supply and demand gap;
(II)Conservation and land use projects, including activities that implement long-term strategies for water conservation, land use, and drought planning;
(III)Engagement and innovation activities, including activities that support water education, outreach, and innovation efforts;
(IV)Agricultural projects, including projects that provide technical assistance or improve agricultural water efficiency; and
(V)Environmental and recreation projects, including projects that promote watershed health, environmental health, and recreation.
(c)The board shall establish criteria that require matching funds of at least twenty-five percent; except that the board may award grants in 2021 and 2022 with reduced matching fund requirements.
(d)The board shall evaluate each eligible project grant application based on the following criteria:
(I)Conformity with the criteria for state support specified in section 9.4 of the state water plan, entitled “Framework for a More Efficient Permitting Process”, as amended;
(II)Alignment with the applicable basin implementation plan;
(III)The impact of the proposed project, with preference given to projects that have multiple benefits and multiple purposes and involve multiple stakeholders; and
(IV)The anticipated project start date.
Section 37-60-106.3 — State water plan - legislative declaration - grant program,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-37.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).