State engineer backs off from SLV water measure

Outlet: The Pueblo Chieftain

February 10, 2011

State Engineer Dick Wolfe pulled his agency’s support of a proposed bill that would have given groundwater irrigators in the San Luis Valley a short-term tool to replace losses to surface water users caused by pumping. The measure, which was never introduced at the Capitol, would have allowed groundwater users to apply for a substitute water supply plan, thereby avoiding shutdowns while they await court approval of groundwater subdistricts…

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