Water Law

Water is one of the most important issues in the West, and is the subject of many complicated laws. If you're trying to understand Colorado's water laws, here are some good places to start:

  • Vranesh's Colorado Water Law. This chunky book is usually considered the resource on water law in Colorado. But, if you're looking for something a little easier to digest, try
  • Synopsis of Colorado Water Law. This little booklet is designed for the lay person to understand Colorado's complicated water laws.
  • If you're involved in a legal issue concerning water, see Non-Attorney's Guidebook to Colorado Water Courts, published by the Colorado Supreme Court.
  • CSU has produced a Glossary of Water Terminology as well as Colorado Citizens' Water Law Handbook and Water Quality and Water Rights in Colorado.
  • Check out the richly illustrated Citizen's Guide to Colorado Water Law, produced by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, available for checkout from our library.
  • Also, the Natural Resources Law Center of the CU-Boulder Law School has issued a number of publications relating to water law, including Groundwater Law Sourcebook of the Western United States; Negotiating High Stakes Water Conflicts; Water and the American West; Controlling Water Use; The Connection Between Water Quality and Water Quantity; Emerging Forces in Western Water Law; Values and Western Water; Water and the Cities of the Southwest; Water Rights Decisions in the Western States; and Water and Growth in Colorado: A Review of Legal and Policy Issues.


Colorado Public Art

Yesterday's passing of artist Jeanne-Claude, who was working with her husband, Christo, on the "Over the River" installation over the Arkansas, reminds us that Colorado is full of public art. They made their name in Colorado history with the "Valley Curtain," which hung in Rifle, Colorado for one day in August, 1972. (Christo says he is planning to continue with the "Over the River" project.) Colorado is full of public art. The Colorado Council on the Arts has produced a number of publications, including booklets entitled Everywhere You Look and Art in Public Places, as well as a 40th-anniversary commemorative video about the arts in Colroado. But they are not the only agency to have produced publications (available from our library) about Colorado art. The Department of Transportation, for example, issued a booklet in 2004 about Wall Art on the T-Rex Project. Also, the Colorado Legislative Council has produced Memorials and Art In and Around the Colorado State Capitol. Finally, the City and County of Denver has produced an excellent guide to public art within Denver, grouped by location to facilitate walkability. Take a look around - Colorado is filled with public art.

Great American Smokeout

Today is the Great American Smokeout. Please support anyone you know who is trying to kick the habit. A free program is available from the state to help people stop smoking. The Colorado Quitline will help you develop a quit program tailored to your individual needs. They provide nicotine replacement therapy, and offer telephone coaching. Check out their website at http://www.coquitline.org/ or give them a call: 1-800-Quit-Now for information and assistance.


New Resource on Colorado's Climate

The University of Colorado-Boulder has released a new website, Learn More About Climate: Climate Change and Colorado's Future. The site includes a video series on climate change, a water calculator to calculate your "water footprint," and a photoblog about a CU scientist's expedition to Antarctica. There's also a "Tools for Schools" section, with resources and lesson plans for teaching kids about water. Finally, the site offers "Green Resources," links to sites with information on water, energy, waste reduction, and green living.


State Hiring Freeze

Lately some politicians and members of the media have been investigating how many state employees have been hired since a hiring freeze went into effect in response to the current state budget crisis. For monthly statistics on how many employees have been hired by state government or have left employment, see the last page of each month's Stateline newsletter. These statistics are broken down by classified employee vs. non-classified, reason for leaving (resignation, termination, retirement, etc.) and more. The one thing it does not show, however, is whether the new hires are state or federally funded. For this information, you will need to examine the agency budget requests, which are available from our library or online on the governor's homepage.

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