05-04-16 Colorado Corn: HB 16-1228 “Ag Protection Water Right Transfer Mechanism” – Headed for the Finish Line…

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One CCGA-supported water bill headed to the governor for signature, another nearing the finish line

A bill aimed at giving more flexibility to agricultural water rights owners is headed to the governor for signature. After varying versions of House Bill 16-1228, “Ag Protection Water Right Transfer Mechanism,” passed through the House and Senate in recent weeks, House and Senate leaders came to a compromise on the differences between the two versions to move the bill forward. 
This bill would authorize owners of ag water rights to seek change-in-use decrees, allowing the transfer of up to 50 percent of the water subject to that water right, to any beneficial use for renewable one-year periods, without designating the specific beneficial use, if the owner obtains a substitute water supply plan, and other conditions are met. 
Similar to HB 16-1228, another Colorado Corn Growers Association-supported bill, House Bill 16-1256, “South Platte Water Storage Study,” passed through both the House and Senate, but had differences between the two versions that passed. It will also require a conference between House and Senate leaders before being advanced to the governor. 
This bill would require the state to conduct or commission a study of the South Platte River Basin to determine, for each of the previous 20 years, the amount of water that has been delivered to Nebraska in excess what’s required under compact. The study must also include locations that have been identified as possible sites for new reservoirs within the South Platte River Basin, between Greeley and Julesburg.

Who is Colorado Corn?

Colorado Corn, based in Greeley, is made up of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee and the Colorado Corn Growers Association. 
The Colorado Corn Administrative Committee (CCAC) oversees how Colorado’s corn check-off dollars (one penny per bushel of corn produced in Colorado) are spent on research, market development, outreach, education and other various endeavors. 
The Colorado Corn Growers Association (CCGA) is comprised of dues-paying members who are politically active, focusing on policy that impacts corn producers and ag in general. 

See more about the work of the two organizations at www.coloradocorn.com.