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Interested Parties and Designated Basin Stakeholders:

The Ground Water Commission (Commission) is in the process to possibly amend the Rules and Regulations for the Management and Control of Designated Ground Water (Designated Basin Rules).  The current Designated Basin Rules are available to view and download here. 

The Commission provided public notification of the proposal to amend the rules and provided opportunity for public input designed to give Stakeholders – all who have an interest in Designated Ground Water and may be affected by the change in the rules – the opportunity to present their thoughts, ideas, and reasoned opinions on the proposed change.  Staff of the Commission held public meetings to allow for input. 

In its November 2, 2018 meeting the Commission directed its Staff and Hearing Officer to proceed with the formal rulemaking process to possibly amend the rules.  A Notice of Public Rulemaking Hearing was published by the Secretary of State in the Colorado Register on February 10, 2019 giving opportunity to apply for party status. 

The Commission’s Hearing Officer held a public rulemaking hearing on July 29, 2019, and on September 22, 2019 issued his “Recommendations of the Hearing Officer Concerning Adoption of Amendments to the Rules and Regulations for the Management and Control of Designated Groundwater, 2 CCR 410- 1”.  That Recommendation and other documents related to the rulemaking process and hearing (case no. 19GW04), are available on the Hearing Officer’s ftp website to view and download here.  The matter of the proposed amendments to the Designated Basin Rules are going to be placed on the agenda of the Commission’s November 15, 2019 meeting for its decision on amending the Rules.

This webpage will be updated with additional information on the rulemaking process as it becomes available.  We are also using email to keep in contact with interested parties that wish to receive notifications and updates on the process.  Anyone may be added to the email notification list by emailing