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Artificial Recharge Extraction Rules 
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Artificial Recharge Extraction outside of the Denver Basin

On March 30, 2017 Governor Hickenlooper signed House Bill 17-1076 into law.  Section 37-90-137(9)(d), C.R.S. directs the state engineer to conduct rulemaking for the extraction of water artificially recharged into the nontributary Denver Basin aquifers.  The Denver Basin Extraction Rules (2 CCR 402-11) were finalized in 1995.  House Bill 17-1076 amended section 137(9)(d) to direct the State Engineer to promulgate rules that apply to the permitting and use of water artificially recharged into nontributary groundwater aquifers outside of the Denver Basin by July 1, 2018.

The State Engineer’s approach is to modify the existing Denver Basin Extraction Rules to add nontributary aquifers outside of the Denver Basin. The process of drafting the revised extraction rules began in late 2017, and the State Engineer has gathered input from a small group of interested stakeholders. 

The State Engineer’s Office filed a notice of rulemaking hearing for publication in the Colorado Register on March 25, 2018 .  The filing included the Proposed Rule.  A redlined version of the Proposed Rule (compared to the 1995 Denver Basin Extraction Rules) is also available. 

Rulemaking Hearing Information
Date: Tuesday May 1, 2018
Start Time: 8:00 am
Location:  Room 814, 1313 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203

Please see additional information about the hearing, including how to request party status.  Please direct any questions about this process to Tracy Kosloff by sending an email to