Publications & Presentations
Plans for Augmentation Under the 1969 Act:  Providing Flexibility for Maximum Utilization of Colorado’s Waters

Co-Author, U. Denver Water Rev. 209

The Water Right Determination and Administration Act of 1969, commonly referred to as the 1969 Act, completely reshaped the legal and administrative authority of Colorado water law.  One of the 1969 Act’s primary purposes was to integrate the use and administration of groundwater and surface water.  As an important tool in achieving that purpose, the 1969 Act created plans for augmentation, which are the main focus of this article.  A plan for augmentation allows a water user to divert water out-of-priority as long as the water user provides replacement water of sufficient quantity and quality at an appropriate time and location to prevent injury to senior downstream water rights.