FY 2016 Appropriation

The Applications and Records program's major responsibility is to ensure the viability of the water appropriation process. The program allocates and regulates surface and ground water throughout the state. Un-appropriated water may be allocated, and existing water rights may be transferred. The section processes all applications, which includes receipt, advertising, protests, hearings, and approval or rejection of the applications. This program also processes proof of beneficial use and issues the certificates of beneficial use. All water right files are of public record and are maintained on file and are accessible on the division's web site.

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $1,356,900 from all sources for Applications and Records. This is a 4.3 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $802,300 from the General/Education Funds, an increase of 2.4 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.

Intent Language

HB0003: Item 108

Under the terms of 63J-1-603 of the Utah Code, the Legislature intends that appropriations provided for the Division of Water Rights in Item 16, Chapter 5, Laws of Utah 2014, shall not lapse at the close of FY 2015. Expenditures of these funds are limited to: Computer Equipment/Software $40,000; Adjudication $50,000, Special Projects/Studies $150,000; Employee Incentive/Training $30,000, Equipment/Supplies $50,000, Current Expense $30,000.

SB0002: Item 155

The Legislature intends that the Division of Water Rights work with the Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst to realign its appropriations unit structure to better match its operations.

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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.