C.R.S. Section 37-95-103

As used in this article 95:


“Authority” means the Colorado water resources and power development authority created by this article.


“Beneficial use” means a use of water, including the method of diversion, storage, transportation, treatment, and application, that is reasonable and consistent with the public interest in the proper utilization of water resources, including, but not limited to, domestic, agricultural, industrial, power, municipal navigational, fish and wildlife, and recreational uses.


“Board” means the board of directors of the authority.


“Bonds” means bonds, notes, or other obligations issued by the authority pursuant to this article.


“Clean water act” means the “Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972”, Pub.L. 92-500, as amended.
(4.7)(Deleted by amendment, L. 2003, p. 2410, § 4, effective June 5, 2003.)(4.8) “Drinking water project eligibility list” means the list of projects eligible for financial assistance from the authority through the drinking water revolving fund or its other bonding capabilities, as adopted and from time to time modified in accordance with section 37-95-107.8 (4). The list shall consist of new or existing water management facilities that extend, protect, improve, or replace domestic drinking water supplies in the state of Colorado and may include any domestic drinking water supply projects eligible for financial assistance through a state revolving fund pursuant to the terms of the “Safe Drinking Water Act”, as defined in subsection (12.2) of this section.


“Forest health project” means:


A management action that improves the ecological health of a forest, including, but not limited to:


Reducing the threat of uncharacteristically large or intense insect and disease epidemics;


Reducing the threat or impact of uncharacteristically large or high-intensity wildfires;


Reducing the impact of undesirable nonnative species;


Replanting trees in burned or otherwise deforested areas; and
(V)(Deleted by amendment, L. 2021.)(b) In addition to the management actions specified in subsections (4.9)(a)(I) to (4.9)(a)(IV) of this section, improvement of the use of, or addition of value to, small diameter trees and harvesting woody vegetation for, or using woody vegetation in, the production of energy, fuels, forest products, or other applications. A forest health project may, but need not, constitute all or part of a plan adopted by a community under section 23-31-312 (3.5).


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“Governmental agencies” means departments, divisions, or other units of state government, special districts, water conservation districts, metropolitan water districts, conservancy districts, irrigation districts, municipal corporations, counties, cities, and other political subdivisions, and the United States or any agency thereof.


“Governmental agencies” also includes enterprises and any entity, agency, commission, or authority established by any governmental agency specified in paragraph (a) of this subsection (5), including, without limitation, those established pursuant to an interstate compact or other intergovernmental compact or agreement.


“Hydroelectric facilities” means facilities for the hydrogeneration or transmission of electric power and energy.


“Notes” means notes issued by the authority pursuant to this article.


“Owner” includes all individuals, copartnerships, associations, corporations, or governmental agencies having any title or interest in any property rights, easements, and interests authorized to be acquired by this article.


“Person” means any individual, firm, partnership, association, or corporation, or two or more or any combination thereof.


“Project” means any water management facility or hydroelectric facility, including undivided or other interests therein, acquired or constructed or to be acquired or constructed by the authority under this article, including all buildings and facilities that the authority deems necessary for the operation of the project, together with all property rights, water rights, easements, and interests, including gathering, storage, treatment, and transmission facilities, unless adequate transmission capacity is available from any existing public utility, which may be required for such operation. “Project” also includes any water management facility, hydroelectric facility, or watershed protection projects and forest health projects financed in whole or in part by the authority.
(10.5)(Deleted by amendment, L. 2005, p. 38, § 1, effective March 23, 2005.)(11) “Public roads” includes all public highways, roads, railroads, and streets in the state, whether maintained by the state, a county, a city, or any other political subdivision.


“Public utility facilities” includes tracks, pipes, mains, conduits, cables, wires, towers, poles, and other equipment and appliances of any public utility.


“Safe drinking water act” means the federal “Safe Drinking Water Act”, 42 U.S.C. sec. 300f et seq., as amended or supplemented.
(12.5)(a)(I) “Small water resources project” means any water management facility or hydroelectric facility that is or will be financed in whole or in part by the authority and in which the total amount of financing provided by the authority to any participating governmental agency does not exceed five hundred million dollars.
(II)(Deleted by amendment, L. 2002, p. 78, § 1, effective March 22, 2002.)(b) and (c)(Deleted by amendment, L. 98, p. 142, § 1, effective April 2, 1998.)(13) “Water management facilities” means facilities for the purpose of the development, use, and protection of water resources, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, facilities for water supply and treatment, facilities for streamflow improvement, dams, reservoirs, and other impoundments, water transmission lines, sewerage facilities, water wells and well fields, pumping stations and works for underground water recharge, stream-monitoring systems, and facilities for the stabilization of stream and river banks.


“Water pollution control project eligibility list” means the list of projects eligible for financial assistance from the authority through the water pollution control revolving fund or its other bonding capabilities, as adopted and from time to time modified in accordance with section 37-95-107.6 (4). The list shall consist of a project or projects from the project priority list for federal funds adopted by the Colorado water quality control commission for publicly owned treatment works as defined in section 212 of the clean water act and nonpoint source management program projects pursuant to section 319 of the clean water act.


“Water resources” means all waters in or arising from rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, marshes, watercourses, waterways, wells, springs, irrigation systems, drainage systems, underground aquifers, and other bodies, geologic formations, or accumulations of water, either natural or artificial, which are situated wholly or partly within, or which border upon, this state.


“Watershed protection project” means an undertaking to improve or protect a domestic or agricultural supply watershed, including, but not limited to, activities to achieve fire prevention or wildfire hazard reduction or post-fire remediation, soil stabilization, water supply continuance, or water quality maintenance or improvement within the watershed. A watershed protection project does not include undertakings where the purpose is to materially increase water quantity.

Source: Section 37-95-103 — Definitions, https://leg.­colorado.­gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-37.­pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).

Short title
Legislative declaration
Establishment of authority - board of directors - removal - organization - compensation - dissolution
Records and meetings of board - disclosure of interests required
Authority - powers
Feasibility studies - repayment of costs
Legislative declaration - specific project authorizations
Creation and administration of water pollution control revolving fund
Creation and administration of drinking water revolving fund
Acquisition and disposition of property - change of location of highways, railroad, or public utilities - regulation of public utility facilities on a project
Bonds or notes - issuance - terms
Power to make covenants to secure payment
Pledge of revenues, moneys, funds, or other property - lien
Personal liability
Watershed protection and forest health projects - definition - repeal
Debt service reserve funds for watershed protection projects and forest health projects
Guarantee by state not to limit or alter rights or powers vested in authority
Exemption of bonds from taxation
Annual report - annual audit - annual budget
Services by state officers, departments, boards, agencies, divisions, and commissions
Bonds eligible for investment
Charges for use of service of projects
Agreements with governmental agencies or persons
Effect on inconsistent acts and rules and regulations adopted thereunder
Construction of article
Green check means up to date. Up to date

Current through Fall 2024

§ 37-95-103’s source at colorado​.gov