The State Engineer has initiated the process to develop rules and regulations for water diversion, use, and administration for compact purposes within the Republican River Compact Groundwater Model Domain as approved by the U.S. Supreme Court in Kansas v. Nebraska & Colorado, Number 126, Original. The rulemaking will consider the requirement to offset impacts in excess of Colorado’s apportionment under the Republican River Compact as determined under the Final Settlement Stipulation and work to ensure that all users of waters accounted for in Colorado’s Republican River Compact Accounting have a stake in ensuring ongoing compact compliance.
As part of this rulemaking process, the State Engineer formed a Special Advisory Committee to seek advice and recommendations on the rules and regulations under consideration. This committee comprised of volunteers representing users and interests throughout the Republican River Basin attended many meetings in the basin hosted by the State Engineer, and worked with the State Engineer, in an advisory capacity, on draft rules and regulations. These meetings were open to the public and included presentations related to the rulemaking followed by general discussion and work/review of draft rules. The minutes of the meetings, drafts of the rules, and presentations, are available below.
The final rules and the accompanying Statement of Basis and Purpose will be posted to this website and will be filed with the Division 1 water court when they are complete. We also maintain a distribution list of interested parties who will be notified when the rules are filed with the court. If you are not currently on our distribution list and would like to be, please contact Chris Grimes at 303-866-3581 ext. 8253 or email@example.com.
This rulemaking is not to be confused with the Rules and Regulations Governing the Measurement of Ground Water Diversions Affecting the Republican River Compact, Within Water Division No. 1, as adopted by the State Engineer on September 16, 2015; a rule set that focuses on measurement devices (meters) and annual reporting requirements. These rules can be found here.