Environmental Law & Policy Alerts – Update from Somach Simmons & Dunn

March 24, 2021

Stricter Rules Could Soon Apply to Permitting of New Groundwater Wells in the Yampa River Basin – Public Comment Period Now Open As a result of increasing demand for water, exacerbated by the decades-long drought in the Colorado River system, the Colorado State Engineer is considering a proposal that would impose stricter limitations on the permitting of new groundwater wells in the Yampa River Basin upstream of where the Yampa River meets the Little Snake River.  The Yampa River flows west from its headwaters near Steamboat Springs, in northwest Colorado.  After it is joined by the Little Snake River, it flows to meet the Green River near the Colorado-Utah state line.  From there, the Green River flows south as a major tributary of the Colorado River. … Read More

Written by Daniel F. McCarl