St. Jude’s v. Roaring Fork

The Colorado Supreme Court’s June 29, 2015, opinion in St. Jude’s Co. v. Roaring Fork Club, L.L.C. (2015 CO 51), has significant ramifications for many Colorado water right owners. Specifically, despite the existence of numerous prior decreed water … [Continue reading]

2014 Law of the Rio Grande Conference

David Hayes will be among the speakers at the 14th annual Law of the Rio Grande conference, April 10-11, 2014, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  David will be providing an update on water-related legislative and litigation issues in Colorado.  Additional … [Continue reading]

Bill Proposes to Limit Irrigation of Lawn Grass

A bill was recently introduced in the Colorado Legislature which would limit lawn irrigation that relies on water that is changed from agricultural irrigation.  Senate Bill 17 would prohibit a local government from approving a development permit … [Continue reading]


COLORADO WATER PLAN   On May 14, 2013, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper issued Executive Order D2013-005, directing the Colorado Water Conservation Board to commence work on the Colorado Water Plan.  Governor Hickenlooper’s announcement … [Continue reading]

Concerning the Application for Water Rights of Raftopoulos Brothers in Moffat County

On June 24, 2013 the Colorado Supreme Court issued a single opinion addressing three separate applications determined by the Division No. 6 Water Court.  The three applications involve competing efforts to develop water rights on Talamantes Creek in … [Continue reading]

PPL Montana, LLC v. Montana

On February 22, 2012, the United States Supreme Court announced its unanimous opinion in PPL Montana, LLC v. Montana, in which it reversed the Montana Supreme Court’s decision that the State of Montana had acquired ownership and control over certain … [Continue reading]

Snowpack Update

The National Resources Conservation Service May 14, 2013 Snowpack Update lists the Colorado statewide snowpack at 83% of average.  The South Platte basin has the State’s highest snowpack at 119% of average, while the Upper Rio Grande basin has the … [Continue reading]

Concerning the Application for Water Rights of Ginn Battle South, LLC

In Concerning the Application for Water Rights of Ginn Battle South, LLC, No. 11SA169, the Colorado Supreme Court found that the Division 5 Water Court’s did not abuse its discretion when it issued corrected decrees after errors in monthly … [Continue reading]

Archuleta v. Gomez

In Archuleta v. Gomez, No. 12SA47, the Colorado Supreme Court was presented with an adverse possession dispute over legal interests in water and an easement rights associated with ditches.  The Court affirmed its previous precedent that the … [Continue reading]