Western Water Rights and Groundwater Administration

Presented on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Much of the western United States is characterized by arid climates where demand for water outstrips available supply. Learn about how water is administered in these states and how policy reflects the reality of surface water/groundwater interactions during this half-hour online brown bag webinar.

You will be introduced to the basics of the prior-appropriation system of water rights administration with a focus on strict prior-appropriation administration in Colorado, the headwaters state. Topics include:

• Prior-appropriation and riparian modes of water administration
• Comparison of typical water demands to natural hydrologic supply
• State-by-state summary of western water rights administration
• Colorado water rights administration
• Well augmentation plans that allow new uses of water.

Daniel Niemela, P.G.
Bishop-Brogden Associates, Inc., Englewood, CO
Daniel Niemela has assisted water users with developing and protecting water supplies and water rights in Colorado and the arid west since 2002. He is a registered Professional Geologist in the state of Wyoming and holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College. Niemela is a Principal with Bishop-Brogden Associates, where he has worked for 11 years.
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