C.R.S. Section 37-86-111
Head of ditch may be relocated


In case the channel of a natural stream becomes so cut out, lowered, turned aside, or otherwise changed from any cause as to prevent any ditch, canal, or feeder of any reservoir from receiving the proper inflow of water to which it may be entitled from the natural stream, the owners of the ditch, canal, or feeder have the right to relocate the head of the ditch, canal, or feeder to such distance to the stream that supplies it as may be necessary for securing a sufficient flow of water into the ditch, canal, or feeder. For that purpose they have the same right to maintain proceedings for condemnation of a right-of-way for the relocation as in the case of constructing a new ditch. The priority of right to take water from a stream through such ditch, canal, or feeder remains unaffected in any respect by reason of the relocation; but the relocation must not physically interfere with the complete use or enjoyment of any absolute or decreed conditional water right.


If an owner of a water right relocates a surface diversion structure to a new surface point of diversion in compliance with subsection (1) of this section, the owner does not need to file a change of water right application for the new surface point of diversion.

Source: Section 37-86-111 — Head of ditch may be relocated, https://leg.­colorado.­gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-37.­pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).

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