First Regular Session
Sixty-first General Assembly
LLS NO. R97@0813.01 BWM
STATE OF COLORADO
BY SENATORS Ament, Norton, and Bishop;
also REPRESENTATIVES Entz and C. Berry.
RESOURCES AND ENERGY
SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 97-33
CONCERNING THE CREATION OF AN INTERIM COMMITTEE TO
STUDY WATER AND LAND RESOURCE ISSUES.
WHEREAS, Colorado is experiencing considerable population
growth and development in various areas of the state; and
WHEREAS, The need for adequate water supply in growth
areas is generating concern; and
WHEREAS, The areas with water resources are not necessarily
in the area of growth; and
WHEREAS, The transfer of water from basins of origin
with excess water to growth areas could cause serious problems;
WHEREAS, The competing interests involved in this
evolving serious problem warrants careful and thoughtful study;
Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Sixtyfirst
General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the House of Representatives
(1) That there shall be a committee to
meet in the interim after the 1997 Regular Session of the General
Assembly to study water and land resource issues and needs with
special attention to growth impacts in all areas of Colorado.
Such interim committee shall consist of twelve members of the
General Assembly. The President of the Senate shall appoint five
members of the Senate, of whom the President of the Senate
shall appoint 3 members and 2 members shall be appointed by the
Minority Leader, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives
shall appoint seven members of the House of Representatives.
At least one member of the interim committee from the Senate and
one from the House of Representatives shall be from west of the
Continental Divide. The interim committee may consider, but need
not be limited to, the following:
(a) The management and development of
surface water resources;
(b) The management and development of
ground water (tributary and nontributary) resources;
(c) The role of water transfers (both
inter and intrabasin) in meeting Colorado's future
water and storage needs;
(d) The recognition of adequate compensation
to the basin of origin in the matter of water transfers;
(e) The recognition of harmony in the matter of local land use controls, for example the socalled 1041 process, and water development; and
(f) The question of legal standing for
public entities including their right to protect their
water rights and their interest in water.
(2) That, in conducting such study, the
interim committee may consult, as may be required, with appropriate
local, state, and federal agencies and interested members of the
public. The study shall not require additional staff for any
state agency or any additional appropriation to any such state
(3) That the Legislative Council shall
report its findings and recommendations to the 1998 Regular Session
of the Sixtyfirst General Assembly.
(4) That all expenditures incurred in the conduct of the study enumerated in this resolution shall be approved by the chairperson of the Legislative Council and paid by vouchers and warrants drawn as provided by law from funds allocated to the Legislative Council from appropriations made by the General Assembly.