In response to the Colorado state Senate’s passage of H.B. 1005, a bill to allow residential use of rain barrels, by an incredible 27-6 vote, Conservation Colorado Executive Director Pete Maysmith and Western Resource Advocates Water Policy Manager Drew Beckwith released the following statements:

This is an exciting day for Coloradans. It’s a sure sign that water policy in the West is beginning to change, as legislators from both sides of the aisle recognize the need to increase flexibility in our water policies. Now more than ever we need innovative tools to prepare us for a future characterized by a growing population and water challenges from climate change such as decreased snowpack and extreme drought.

We look forward to Governor Hickenlooper signing this bill, and continuing to work with his administration on water policy issues in our state including swift and thorough implementation of Colorado’s Water Plan.

– Pete Maysmith

The ayes reigned for rain today, and I’m so happy that rain barrels are one step closer to becoming legal! Almost every major paper in the state editorialized in favor of this common sense action, and the diverse list of supporters ranged from Front Range cities to Western Slope agriculture.

We’re grateful that our legislature is willing to embrace innovative water solutions for our future. We encourage Governor Hickenlooper to sign this bill, since we need an increased conservation ethic around the state to ensure a reliable water supply for our future.

– Drew Beckwith

More information on the bill and the issue:


Drew Beckwith, Western Resource Advocates, 720-763-3726                                                    

Jessica Goad, Conservation Colorado, 720-206-4235

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