By P. Andrew Jones
This ebook will attract at scholars, non-lawyers concerned with water concerns, and basic readers drawn to Colorado’s advanced water rights law.
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Dr. Church also March and April, with average annual snowfall ranginvented sampling procedures, such as ing from 6 to 35 feet. Average annual precipitation a butter sampler used to drill a snow ranges from 30 to over 60 inches in the mountains. core sample. By weighing the sample, Much of Colorado’s water arrives as snow and prohe could determine the water content of snowpack in an area. vides summertime water supplies for lower-elevation In Colorado, the Natural Resources water users. Western Plateaus Colorado’s Western Plateaus constitute a region of plateaus, mesas, mountains, and canyons.
Tertiary sediments in the Denver Basin); and (3) cystalline—igneous and metamorphic rocks that form many mountain ranges. These rocks are often not permeable, so aquifers are typically fault and fracture zones. ” To qualify as an aquifer, the material must have porosity (openings) to contain water. The porosity of aquifers may range from 3 or 4 percent to 30 percent or more. Aquifers must also be permeable so the water can flow into a well that might be drilled. Permeability is a measure of the ease with which water will flow through the material.
This lack of groundwater recharge has caused the aquifer to be mined (depleted faster than it can be replenished with recharge) in some areas. Water-level declines as great as forty feet have occurred in the Yuma and Cheyenne Wells areas. San Luis Valley and Rio Grande Basin aquifers. Alamosa, Monte Vista, and Del Norte are at the center of a very extensive, geologically complex aquifer system in south-central Colorado. The San Luis Valley is at the base of the San Juan (Spanish for St. John) and Sangre de Cristo (Spanish for Blood of Christ) mountains.
Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers by P. Andrew Jones