Allegations of past misuse of the Republican River have been resolved in a $4 million settlement reached between the states of Nebraska and Colorado.
A new agreement between the states has been signed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Gov. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska. The agreement dovetails into collaborative water management efforts between the two neighboring states as well as approval of detailed accounting procedures contained in the Republican River basin compact. Colorado will pay Nebraska $4 million to settle past complaints.
Gov. Ricketts’ office says “…this settlement resolves potential claims related to alleged past violations.”
The two-page settlement:
· Avoids any future litigation on these matters, by forever barring Nebraska from bringing claims against Colorado for violation of the Compact and the prior 2002 Final Settlement Stipulation for the accounting period ending on or prior to December 31, 2013; and,
· Subject to appropriation, provides a negotiated level of payment to the State of Nebraska; and,
· Establishes no precedent for water valuation in any of the States, including this river basin; and
· Requires payment by December 31, 2018.
The agreement, according to Gov. Ricketts’ office, resolves the existing controversies between the two states regarding Colorado’s past use of water under the Republican River Compact and allows them to continue to work cooperatively.