DNRC rescinds municipal water right guidance to ease burden on municipalities


November 11, 2022

he Department of Natural Resources and Conservation announced the rescission of a 2014 memo intended to provide guidance on changes in use for municipal water rights.

“After reviewing the memo and its implementation over the last six years, we have determined that the memo is restrictive in how it directs historical use to be calculated and does not account in full for the variety of ways municipalities can produce historical use information,” said Nate Ward, Water Rights Bureau Chief.

The Guidance for Municipal Purposes and Water Rights memo was examined by a stakeholder working group as part...

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