FY 2016 Appropriation

Because control of much of Utah's water resources is affected by actions of other states and federal agencies, active participation in selected interstate and state/federal bodies is essential to protect Utah's interests. The division director serves as Utah's Interstate Streams Commissioner and represents the state on the following organizations:

  • Upper Colorado River Commission
  • Bear River Commission
  • Western States Water Council
  • Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum and Advisory Council
  • Glen Canyon Adaptive Management Work Group
  • Colorado River Management Group
  • Seven Colorado River Basin States Coordination Committee

Utah is entitled to about 1.4 million acre-feet per year of Colorado River water, but is currently using approximately 1 million.

The program accounts for dues to those organizations and for one person to monitor and prepare for meetings and negotiations.

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $375,400 from all sources for Interstate Streams. This is a 1.2 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $375,400 from the General/Education Funds, an increase of 1.2 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.

Intent Language

HB0003: Item 107

Under the terms of 63J-1-603 of the Utah Code, the Legislature intends that appropriations provided for the Division of Water Resources in Item 15, Chapter 5, Laws of Utah 2014, shall not lapse at the close of FY 2015. Expenditures of these funds are limited to: Current Expenses $50,000; Computer Equipment/Software $25,000; Special Projects/Studies $125,000.

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COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.