Control of Boss lake reservoir
(1)The board of county commissioners of Chaffee county has charge and control of that certain state reservoir situated in said county and commonly known as the Boss lake reservoir and, without expense to the state of Colorado, other than expenses payable from the Colorado water conservation board construction fund and such financial assistance or other aid as may be available to nonstate-owned reservoirs, shall maintain and keep said reservoir in good condition and provide for the storage of water as contemplated in the law providing for the construction of said reservoir and also for the distribution of said water under the direction of the division engineer for the district in which said reservoir is situated, at such times as the scarcity of water in the stream known as the South Arkansas demands that the waters in said stream should be replenished; except that said waters shall be distributed by the said division engineer pro rata without reference to the dates of priorities of water rights and further except that the county of Chaffee shall assume and shall be held responsible for any damages resulting from breakage of the dam or water discharges therefrom unless the responsibility for damages has been assumed by the upper Arkansas water conservancy district as part of the agreement pursuant to subsection (2) of this section.
(2)The board of county commissioners of Chaffee county may agree with the upper Arkansas water conservancy district in which the Boss lake reservoir is located for said district’s assumption of the duty to control, maintain, and keep the reservoir in good condition. The agreement may further provide for the upper Arkansas water conservancy district to assume and be held responsible for any damages resulting from breakage of the dam or water discharges therefrom.
Section 37-88-108 — Control of Boss lake reservoir,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-37.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).