What’s behind the fight over legalizing rain barrels | SummitDaily.com

What’s behind the fight over legalizing rain barrels

Joey Bunch
The Denver Post

Legalizing household rain barrels in Colorado is pitting conservation-minded Democrats against Republicans determined to defend water rights. The two-session standoff, however, has a handful of legal experts wondering why there’s a fight.

None of them could point to a statute that specifically says rain barrels are illegal. Arguments on both sides depend on a broad legal interpretation that says you can’t store a drop without a water right, even if you put it back in the ground to water a garden a few feet away.

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