06-09-16 CO House Republicans: Representative Brown’s bill to address Colorado water shortage signed into law…

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Rep. J Paul Brown watches as the governor signs his bill, HB 1256, to help Colorado address the growing water shortage on the Western Slope and Front Range.

Representative Brown’s bill to address Colorado water shortage signed into law

Denver—Today, the governor signed Representative J. Paul Brown’s (R-Ignacio) water storage bill into law. House Bill 1256, which takes effect upon the governor’s signature, directs the Colorado Water Conservation Board to complete a comprehensive analysis of the water loss from the South Platte River and potential locations for additional water storage along the Front Range.
“In 2015, we lost enough water on the South Platte River to meet all of Colorado’s water needs for nearly three years, with so much of our state facing a water shortage, we simply cannot afford to lose that much water to run-off,” said Brown. “This new law takes a crucial first step to protecting the water supply for both the Western Slope and the Front Range, and will help ensure Colorado can meet its growing water demand for years to come.”

House Bill 1256 takes effect upon the governor’s signature.