Brief by Central Staff
Water Law – May 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine
If someone stores and removes water from an aquifer under your property, is that trespassing? Not according to the Colorado Supreme Court, which issued a ruling on a Park County case on April 8.
It’s the latest twist in a long legal saga. Briefly, it started with a plan by the City of Aurora to acquire water in South Park during wet years. Rather than store it in the usual above-ground reservoir, the water would be pumped down into an aquifer that spread across 115 square miles, and water would be removed in dry years.