(1) In addition to any other moneys appropriated from the Colorado water conservation
board construction fund, up to one million dollars in the fund are continuously appropriated
to the board annually to pay for the costs of acquiring water, water rights, and interests
in water for instream flow use. The total amount of the continuous appropriation that is unencumbered in any fiscal
year must not exceed one million dollars. The primary priority for expenditures of these revenues is the costs of water acquisitions
for existing or new instream flow water rights to preserve and improve the natural
environment to a reasonable degree. These revenues also may be used, in limited circumstances, for the costs of water
(a) Preserve and improve the natural environment of species that have been listed
as threatened or endangered under state or federal law, are candidate species, or
are likely to become candidate species;
(b) Support wild and scenic alternative management plans; or
(2) Prior to any expenditure of funds under this section, the board shall adopt criteria
and guidelines regarding its implementation of this spending authority. The board shall approve any expenditure of funds pursuant to this section. Within three months after the end of any fiscal year during which the spending authority
created pursuant to this section is exercised, the board shall report to the general
assembly regarding how such spending authority was exercised.
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