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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill allows the state engineer to limit the approval of a change application for a
10 water right to the amount of water that has been previously put to use.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . allows the state engineer to limit the approval of a change application for a water
14 right to an amount less than the original water right if the use of water under that
15 right has been in a quantity smaller than the original right allowed; and
16 . prevents the state engineer from limiting the quantity of water approved for a
17 change if the reason for the nonuse of that quantity of water is protected from
18 forfeiture or abandonment provisions.
19 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
21 Other Special Clauses:
23 Utah Code Sections Affected:
25 73-3-3, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 311
27 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28 Section 1. Section 73-3-3 is amended to read:
29 73-3-3. Permanent or temporary changes in point of diversion, place of use, or
30 purpose of use.
31 (1) For purposes of this section:
32 (a) "Permanent change" means a change for an indefinite period of time with an intent
33 to relinquish the original point of diversion, place of use, or purpose of use.
34 (b) "Temporary change" means a change for a fixed period of time not exceeding one
36 (2) (a) Any person entitled to the use of water may make permanent or temporary
37 changes in the:
38 (i) point of diversion;
39 (ii) place of use; or
40 (iii) purpose of use for which the water was originally appropriated.
41 (b) Except as provided by Section 73-3-30 , a change may not be made if it impairs a
42 vested water right without just compensation.
43 (c) (i) In a change application proceeding, in order to prevent impairment of other
44 water rights, the state engineer may review the use of water under the water right proposed to
45 be changed and limit approval of the proposed change to the quantity of water determined to
46 have been reasonably applied to beneficial use.
47 (ii) In making a determination under Subsection (2)(c)(i), the state engineer shall
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49 from abandonment or forfeiture by Section 73-1-4 or otherwise excused by law.
49a (A) presume that the water right has been used to its full extent;
49b (B) consider the water right to have been used to its full extent if beneficial use is not
49c required by Section 73-1-4 or otherwise excused by law; and
49d (C) not consider any unapproved quantity of water in connection with the change
49e application proceeding to be forfeited or abandoned.
49f (iii) Any quantity of water not approved in connection with a change application
49g proceeding remains valid for use in accordance with the previously approved water right. .H
50 (3) A person entitled to use water shall change a point of diversion, place of use, or
51 purpose of water use, including water involved in a general adjudication or other suit, in the
52 manner provided in this section.
53 (4) (a) A person entitled to use water may not make a change unless the state engineer
54 approves the change application.
55 (b) A person entitled to use water shall submit a change application upon forms
56 furnished by the state engineer and shall set forth:
57 (i) the applicant's name;
58 (ii) the water right description;
59 (iii) the water quantity;
60 (iv) the stream or water source;
61 (v) if applicable, the point on the stream or water source where the water is diverted;
62 (vi) if applicable, the point to which it is proposed to change the diversion of the water;
63 (vii) the place, purpose, and extent of the present use;
64 (viii) the place, purpose, and extent of the proposed use; and
65 (ix) any other information that the state engineer requires.
66 (5) (a) The state engineer shall follow the same procedures, and the rights and duties of
67 the applicants with respect to applications for permanent changes of point of diversion, place of
68 use, or purpose of use shall be the same, as provided in this title for applications to appropriate
70 (b) The state engineer may waive notice for a permanent change application involving
71 only a change in point of diversion of 660 feet or less.
72 (6) (a) The state engineer shall investigate all temporary change applications.
73 (b) If the state engineer finds that the temporary change will not impair a vested water
74 right, the state engineer shall issue an order authorizing the change.
75 (c) If the state engineer finds that the change sought might impair a vested water right,
76 before authorizing the change, the state engineer shall give notice of the application to any
77 person whose right may be affected by the change.
78 (d) Before making an investigation or giving notice, the state engineer may require the
79 applicant to deposit a sum of money sufficient to pay the expenses of the investigation and
80 publication of notice.
81 (7) (a) Except as provided by Section 73-3-30 , the state engineer may not reject a
82 permanent or temporary change application for the sole reason that the change would impair a
83 vested water right.
84 (b) If otherwise proper, the state engineer may approve a permanent or temporary
85 change application for part of the water involved or upon the condition that the applicant
86 acquire the conflicting water right.
87 (8) (a) A person holding an approved application for the appropriation of water may
88 change the point of diversion, place of use, or purpose of use.
89 (b) A change of an approved application does not:
90 (i) affect the priority of the original application; or
91 (ii) extend the time period within which the construction of work is to begin or be
93 (9) Any person who changes or who attempts to change a point of diversion, place of
94 use, or purpose of use, either permanently or temporarily, without first applying to the state
95 engineer in the manner provided in this section:
96 (a) obtains no right;
97 (b) is guilty of a crime punishable under Section 73-2-27 if the change or attempted
98 change is made knowingly or intentionally; and
99 (c) is guilty of a separately punishable offense for each day of the unlawful change.
100 (10) (a) This section does not apply to the replacement of an existing well by a new
101 well drilled within a radius of 150 feet from the point of diversion of the existing well.
102 (b) Any replacement well must be drilled in accordance with the requirements of
103 Section 73-3-28 .
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-16-10 11:38 AM