Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers

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Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers
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Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers
Tyler, Daniel
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Center for Colorado and the West
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Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/8/2015 1:09:12 PM] Home Colorado Water Law for Non-LawyersColorado Water Law for Non-LawyersSubmitted by jainlayconley on 11-3-2009 11:24 PMAuthor: P. Andrew Jones and Tom Cech Publishing: Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado, 2009. xvii + 194 pages. Photos, maps, appendices, bibliography, index. 6 x 9. $26.95 paperback. Reviewer: Daniel Tyler Reviewer Affiliation: Professor Emeritus, Colorado State University Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers is exactly what its authors intend it to be: the story of Colorado water laws basic elements and what its status is today. Thats a modest claim, but Jones and Cech deliver more. In twelve chapters that include legal cases, statutes, and an appendix detailing the major characteristics of four categories of tributary and non-tributary water, the authors discuss the evolution of present-day law within the context of relevant geological and historical factors. Although the title might suggest to some that this is a text for laymen, the interaction of hydrologic, social, and economic elements related to Colorado water law is a complex story, demanding close attention from readers. However, as David Getches notes in his foreword, those farmers, ranchers, city officials, and engaged citizens who wish to advocate a cause related to Colorado water will find this book extremely helpful (xii). In a logical order of development, Jones and Cech discuss Colorados climate, geology and hydrology, how the Anasazi and Mexican communities used water, and how Coloradans developed the doctrine of prior appropriation. Federal and interstate issues are followed by a treatment of tributary and non-tributary water, designated ground water, the administration system, water marketing, and trends and issues likely to play an important role in the future. Ample maps, charts, and diagrams illustrate major points. Sidebar commentaries on a host of subjects (sometimes distracting) further illuminate issues under discussion. Endnotes following each chapter refer readers to sources, especially case law and statutes. The books best qualities result from a clear and concise writing style. Some matters are complicated enough to require re-reading, but the fault does not lie with Jones and Cech. Unless one lives and works in the field of water law, these matters are difficult to comprehend. In addition to a forthright style, the authors use of hypothetical examples to illustrate complicated problems is most commendable. Focus on the practical application of water law carries over in discussions of how local, state, and federal governments work together. In sum, the book is readable, factual, descriptive, and practicalthe objectives most teachers aspire to when leading students. If Colorado Water Law is ever re-issued or updated, this reviewer would appreciate further discussion of the impact of trans-mountain diversion, the ongoing struggle between Colorados east and west slopes, the difference between foreign and native water, and the impact on Colorado of its interstate compacts with neighbors. Surely, these subjects will continue to play an enormous role in Colorados future as population EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanNow, thats wrong! Some of these Japanese are citizens of the United States. Colorado Gov. Ralph Carrs response to Executive Order 9066 forcing Japanese into internment camps during WWII.


Colorado Water Law for Non-Lawyers | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/8/2015 1:09:12 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us growth affects the balance between agricultural and municipal water use. And for the final chapter on how the public interest is to be protected, while simultaneously preserving the doctrine of prior appropriation, it might be useful to explain the idea of volumetric distribution advocated by the late William Daven WD Farr of Greeley. Otherwise, this is a fine book, well researched and useful for non-lawyers. Reviewer Info: Daniel Tyler is author of The Last Water Hole in the West (Colorado Big Thompson Project); Silver Fox of the Rockies (the life of Delphus Carpenter and the Colorado River Compact); and a recently completed manuscript entitled, Cowboy in the Boardroom, about the life of William Daven Farr. Tyler is now retired from Colorado State University and lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Add new comment