FY 2016 Appropriation

In 1977 there were several major dam failures in the United States. The Corps of Engineers was mandated by Congress to inventory all dams in the nation and inspect dams that, if they failed, would cause significant loss of property and lives. The State of Utah did its own inventory under contract with the Corps. After the contract ended, the Legislature authorized four FTEs and the Dam Safety program was begun.

The program addresses the safety of dams by regulating their construction, repair and long-term maintenance. Plans and specifications are approved, and some 350-400 high-and-moderate-hazard dams are inspected regularly. This section, in cooperation with the Corps of Engineers, also handles stream channel alteration and gold dredging permits.

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $953,600 from all sources for Dam Safety. This is a 3.1 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $633,700 from the General/Education Funds, an increase of 1.8 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.