FY 2016 Appropriation

The Ground Water and Paleontology program evaluates the quantity and quality of Utah's ground-water resources. It also helps identify, protect, and preserve Utah's fossil resources through public outreach programs and through inventory and recovery projects that reconcile preservation and development needs. A major initiative to install monitoring wells in the West Desert was funded in FY 2008 and FY 2009.

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $1,916,000 from all sources for Ground Water and Paleontology. This is a 5 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $274,100 from the General/Education Funds, a reduction of 34.4 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.

Intent Language

HB0003: Item 106

Under the terms of 63J-1-603 of the Utah Code, the Legislature intends that appropriations provided for the Utah Geological Survey in Item 14, Chapter 5, Laws of Utah 2014, shall not lapse at the close of FY 2015. Expenditures of these funds are limited to: Mineral Lease Projects $830,000; Computer Equipment/Software $60,000; Equipment/Supplies $40,000; Employee Training/Incentives $30,000.

HB0003: Item 106

Under Section 63J-1-603 of the Utah Code, the Legislature intends that $300,000 appropriated to assist with Geological Survey shortfall not lapse at the close of FY 2015.

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