Colorado has a complex regulatory scheme for the distribution of water rights and the use of water in the state. Most people are familiar with water courts and the state engineer’s office as entities they’ll have to engage with when pursuing, protecting, acquiring or changing water rights or solving surface water issues. However, some areas of the state use an entirely different system of regulation. These areas are known as Designated Groundwater Basins and their water rights and well permits are managed by a completely different entity. Here’s what you need to know.
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