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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill creates a restricted special revenue fund entitled the "Salinity Offset Fund."
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . creates the Salinity Offset Fund, which is a restricted special revenue fund; and
14 . provides fund sources and allowed distributions from the fund.
15 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
17 Other Special Clauses:
19 Utah Code Sections Affected:
21 4-2-8.5, Utah Code Annotated 1953
23 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
24 Section 1. Section 4-2-8.5 is enacted to read:
25 4-2-8.5. Salinity Offset Fund.
26 (1) As used in this section, "Colorado River Salinity Offset Program" means a
27 program, administered by the Division of Water Quality, allowing oil, gas, or mining
28 companies and other entities to provide funds to finance salinity reduction projects in the
29 Colorado River Basin by purchasing salinity credits as offsets against discharges made by the
30 company under permits issued by the Division of Water Quality.
31 (2) (a) There is created a restricted special revenue fund known as the "Salinity Offset
33 (b) The fund shall consist of:
34 (i) monies received from the Division of Water Quality that have been collected as part
35 of the Colorado River Salinity Offset Program;
36 (ii) grants from local governments, the state, or the federal government;
37 (iii) grants from private entities; and
38 (iv) interest on fund monies.
39 (2) Any unallocated balance in the fund at the end of a fiscal year is nonlapsing.
40 (3) (a) The department shall:
41 (i) subject to the rules established under Subsection (3)(a)(ii), distribute fund monies to
42 farmers, ranchers, mutual irrigation companies, and other entities in the state to assist in
43 financing irrigation, rangeland, and watershed improvement projects that will, in accordance
44 with the Colorado River Salinity Offset Program, reduce salinity in the Colorado River; and
45 (ii) in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act,
46 make rules establishing:
47 (A) a project funding application process;
48 (B) project funding requirements;
49 (C) project approval criteria; and
50 (D) standards for evaluating the effectiveness of funded projects in reducing salinity in
51 the Colorado River.
52 (b) The department may require entities seeking fund monies to provide matching
54 (c) The department shall submit to the Water Quality Board's executive secretary
55 proposed funding projects for the executive secretary's review and approval.
56 (4) The department may use fund monies for the administration of the fund, but this
57 amount may not exceed 10% of the annual receipts to the fund.
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