2017 Winter Lecture Series


San Luis Valley Groundwater Pumping Rules

by Craig Cotten

Division Engineer for Colorado Division of Water Resources, Alamosa 

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7 PM, Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Room 130 Porter Hall

Adams State University


 Rules Governing the Withdrawal of Groundwater in Water Division No. 3 (The Rio Grande Basin) have been submitted to the Division 3 Water Court.  Craig Cotten, the Rio Grande Basin Division Engineer for the Division of Water Resources, will discuss these impending rules and the effect that they will have on future groundwater use here in the San Luis Valley.  Come and find out why the rules are needed and how they were developed, which wells will be subject to the rules, when the rules may become effective, and what will be required of well owners to be in compliance with these rules.

About the Speaker:

Craig Cotten is the Division Engineer for Water Division No. 3 of the Colorado Division of Water Resources, managing surface water and groundwater use in the Upper Rio Grande Basin in Colorado.  He is also Colorado’s Engineer Adviser to the Rio Grande and Costilla Creek Compacts.  Craig graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Civil Engineering and has worked for the Division of Water Resources for over 25 years.  Craig and his wife Cindy live near Monte Vista, Colorado.

The Colorado Field Institute is a nonprofit corporation organized in 2005 to promote greater stewardship of the natural and cultural resources within the San Luis Valley. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.