Guest Editorial: What is a water right? Do you really need one?

RBC I As we come to the close of the year, the decision about whether to file for water rights becomes important. First, it helps to understand what a water right is. For those of you not on a city or municipal system, such as rural properties located outside of city limits, chances are you […]

Tipton blasts latest attempt by EPA to control nation’s water

WASHINGTON I On Friday, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) raised concerns that a draft Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule would drastically broaden the agency’s regulatory authority over all wetlands and waterways.

Private water rights still at risk

RBC I With great foresight, the founders of this nation endeavored to protect private property from the federal government. In the West, we know that this protection extends to privately-held water rights.

Tipton bill to stop USFS seizures of water rights passes committee

WASHINGTON I Last week, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee passed Rep. Scott Tipton’s (R-Colo.) Water Rights Protection Act (H.R.3189) with bipartisan support, clearing the effort to protect privately-held water rights from federal takings for a vote in the House of Representatives.

Don’t destroy water rights system

RBC I A pair of ballot proposals, for which signatures are currently being collected, would ask voters to destroy Colorado’s 160 year old system of water rights, says a new issue paper published by Colorado’s free-market think tank, the Independence Institute.

Second Yellow Jacket meeting yields results; residents cite better communication

MEEKER I Thanks to an improved flow of information, both landowners and representatives of the Yellow Jacket Water Conservancy District Board of Directors came away feeling better after a follow-up meeting May 5.