In 2018, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (the CWCB) published the current version of the State’s Drought Mitigation and Response Plan (the DMRP).  Originally prepared in accordance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-390), and adopted by the Office of the Governor, the DMRP is intended to provide State and local authorities with “effective and systematic” methods of combatting short- and long-term water shortages throughout Colorado.  The DMRP contemplates a three-phase Drought Plan Implementation Cycle, with Phase 3 of the cycle activated in times of extreme or exceptional drought.
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HOAs must now allow certain water conservation efforts and accommodate their homeowners’ hybrid and electric cars due to two quietly enacted but noteworthy bills.  Senate Bill 13-183 requires HOAs to allow xeriscaping—landscaping utilizing low-water-use plants—and prohibits them from requiring homeowners to install water intensive grasses.  The law also precludes HOAs from fining homeowners for failing