Colorado state in the U.S. is studying the prospect of applying blockchain to water rights management (WRM). The conforming bill was released on Colorado’s General Assembly official website on March 6, 2019.
Legislators in the State of Colorado (the 38th state in the U.S, with its capital at Denver) want to deeply study the potential of blockchain in water rights management.
Senator Jack Tate (Republican), working with legislators Jeni James Arndt (Democrat) and Marc Catlin (Republican) filed senate bill 184 which demands the Colorado Water Institute that operates at Colorado State University to deeply examine the possible application of the blockchain technology to handle a database of water rights. The mission for the Institute is to:
“Connect all of Colorado’s higher education expertise to the research and education needs of Colorado water managers and users.”
In addition, Congress is discovering whether blockchain technology can be applied to create and manage water markets, water banks and also add to the overall administration of the resource.
To go ahead with the trial, the institute is permitted to hunt for and receive donations from all angles including public and private sources. But if the institute is unable to get funds needed for the experiment, then the trial will be annulled, the bill notes.
Last month, IBM and SweetSense (a sensor technology provider) combined efforts with The Freshwater Trust (a non-profit body) and the University of Colorado, Boulder to employ distributed ledger technology (DLT) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to renewably bewield groundwater. The experiment will allegedly be carried out at one of the biggest aquifers found in Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in northern California state.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) foundation discovered over 65 DLT use cases for resolving the largest challenging environmental challenges internationally. The WEF foundation is optimistic that this nascent technology could significantly transmute the management of supply chains, sustainable fundraising bases & carbon markets, and distributed energy and water systems.
The state has a “complex regulatory scheme for the distribution of water rights and the use of water in the region,” as per the Open Energy Information (OpenEI) official website, that was formed by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Also, on Wednesday, March 6, Governor Jared Polis officially signed the state’s first-ever DLT-related bill dubbed “Crypto Exemptions Colorado Digital Token Act” into law.
“What it really does is create new ways for Colorado businesses to raise money using blockchain,” Jared revealed in a recording made during the bill signing.
The law exempts cryptocurrency issuers from particular securities laws and licensing requisites if the cryptoassets are used to buy products, services or content.
“This bill provides clarity for the industry seeking capital investment,” said Republican Sen. Jack Tate of Centennial.
Remember Governor Jared was the first Congress member to receive Bitcoin donations for running his political campaign.
1/ BOOM! #Wyoming just recognized clear, direct property rights for #digitalassets by passing SF125! This means #blockchain cos will prob want to apply WY law to your contracts, domicile here, &/or have a physical presence here. Thx again to the army of ppl who helped over months pic.twitter.com/I4E3GfPZbC— Caitlin Long (@CaitlinLong_) February 14, 2019
Recently, State of Utah also introduced a blockchain-related bill “UT SB0213 seeking to prevent DLT companies from being regarded as money transmitters. Others states including Ohio (Buckeye State), Wyoming, California are also working on such blockchain and cryptocurrency-related bills.