FY 2016 Appropriation

The purpose of the Cooperative Studies program is to perform studies to better define the water resources of the state considering both water quality and quantity. Water measurements are taken to determine stream flow and reservoir levels. They are used to distribute water and assess the availability of water in application processing. Also, in conjunction with the United States Geological Survey (USGS), groundwater data is gathered and technical information is published. There are matching funds from the USGS for this program. This data and information is used extensively in the evaluation of whether a water right application should be granted.

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $0 from all sources for Cooperative Studies. This is a 0 percent change from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources.

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.

Pass-through expenditures go to the U.S. Geological Survey, Utah Geological Survey and universities.

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