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 Republican River Compact Water Use Rules and an accompanying Statement of Basis and Purpose were filed with the Division 1 Water Court in Greeley on January 11, 2019 under case no. 2019CW3002. To view the past Advisory Committee Meeting Materials related to this rulemaking, please click here. If you are not already on our notification distribution list and would like to be, you can sign up here.
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, Effective 11/15/2015, 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.