Anti-Speculation Law Work Group


The Anti-Speculation Work Group arose out of passage of Senate Bill 20-048 sponsored by Senators Donovan and Coram and Representatives Roberts and Catlin and signed by Governor Polis on March 11, 2021.

Primary Duties

Senate Bill 20-048 requires the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources to convene a work group to explore ways to strengthen current anti-speculation law and to report to the water resources review committee by August 15, 2021, regarding any recommended changes. The Work Group is co-chaired by Kevin Rein, State Engineer, and Scott Steinbrecher, Assistant Deputy Attorney General.

On August 13, 2021, the Department of Natural Resources delivered the Work Group’s Anti-Speculation Law Report to the members of the Water Resources Review Committee. The report, titled SB 20-048 - Report of the Work Group to Explore Ways to Strengthen Current Water Anti-Speculation Law, is the culmination of the Work Group’s efforts to fulfill the provisions of SB20-048.  

For a copy of the report click here: Final Report

Fishing on Stagecoach


  • Kevin Rein (Co-Chair), State Engineer, Division of Water Resources
  • Scott Steinbrecher (Co-Chair), Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Attorney General’s Office
  • Tracy Kosloff, Deputy State Engineer, Division of Water Resources
  • Erin Light, Division 6 Engineer, Division of Water Resources
  • Lauren Ris, Deputy Director, Colorado Water Conservation Board
  • Amy Ostdiek, Deputy Section Chief, Colorado Water Conservation Board
  • Alex Funk, Agricultural Water Resource Specialist, Colorado Water Conservation Board
  • Justice Gregory Hobbs Jr., Colorado Supreme Court Justice (ret.)
  • Joe Bernal, Bernal Farms
  • Daris Jutten, Lazy K Bar Land and Cattle Co.
  • Joe Frank, General Manager, Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District
  • Larry Clever, General Manager, Ute Water Conservancy District
  • Alex Davis, Water Resources Division Manager, Aurora Water
  • Peggy Montaño, Trout Raley
  • Peter Fleming, General Counsel to the Colorado River District
  • Adam Reeves, Maynes, Bradford, Shipps and Sheftel LLP
  • Steve Leonhardt, Burns, Figa & Will
  • Drew Peternell, Colorado Director, Trout Unlimited
  • Kate Ryan, Senior Attorney, Colorado Water Trust

General Info:

Amy Moyer, Assistant Director for Water, amy.moyer@state.co.us

Media Inquiries:

Chris Arend, Communications Director, chris.arend@state.co.us, 303-264-8615