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Bill Detail: HB23-1220

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Title Study Republican River Groundwater Economic Impact
Status Governor Signed (06/03/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Water
House Sponsors R. Holtorf (R)
K. McCormick (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Pelton (R)
B. Pelton (R)
House Committee Agriculture, Water and Natural Resources
Senate Committee Appropriations
Date Introduced 02/27/2023

In 1942, Colorado entered into an interstate compact (compact)
with Nebraska and Kansas regarding the allocation of water from the
Republican river basin (basin). Colorado ratified the compact in 1943. In
2016, Colorado, Nebraska, and Kansas signed a resolution (resolution)
regarding a dispute about Colorado's compliance with the compact,
through which resolution and its amendment Colorado agreed to retire
25,000 acres of irrigated acreage in the basin by 2029.
The bill requires the Colorado water center (center) in the
Colorado state university to study the anticipated economic effects of the
forced elimination of groundwater withdrawals within and surrounding
the Colorado portion of the Republican river basin that could occur if
Colorado fails to comply with the resolution. The center is required to
prepare a progress report and, on or before January 1, 2026, a final report
of the center's findings and conclusions from the study and to post both
reports on the center's website. The center must present the progress and
final reports to certain legislative committees.

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