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Chief Sponsor: Richard W. Wheeler

Senate Sponsor: Dennis E. Stowell

             7      Cosponsors:
             8      Douglas C. Aagard
             9      Sheryl L. Allen
             10      Sylvia S. Andersen
             11      Roger E. Barrus
             12      Ralph Becker
             13      Ron Bigelow
             14      Jim Bird
             15      Jackie Biskupski
             16      DeMar Bud Bowman
             17      D. Gregg Buxton
             18      David Clark
             19      Stephen D. Clark
             20      Tim M. Cosgrove
             21      Bradley M. Daw
             22      Brad L. Dee
             23      Glenn A. Donnelson
             24      John Dougall
             25      Jack R. Draxler
             26      Carl W. Duckworth
             27      James A. Dunnigan
             28      Ben C. Ferry
             29      Janice M. Fisher
             30      Julie FisherLorie D. Fowlke
Craig A. Frank
Gage Froerer
Kerry W. Gibson
James R. Gowans
Keith Grover
Neil A. Hansen
Wayne A. Harper
Lynn N. Hemingway
Neal B. Hendrickson
Christopher N. Herrod
Kory M. Holdaway
Gregory H. Hughes
Fred R. Hunsaker
Eric K. Hutchings
Christine A. Johnson
Brad King
Todd E. Kiser
Bradley G. Last
David Litvack
Rebecca D. Lockhart
Steven R. Mascaro
John G. Mathis
Rosalind J. McGeeKay L. McIff
Ronda Rudd Menlove
Karen W. Morgan
Michael T. Morley
Carol Spackman Moss
Paul A. Neuenschwander
Merlynn T. Newbold
Michael E. Noel
Curtis Oda
Patrick Painter
Paul Ray
Phil Riesen
Stephen E. Sandstrom
Jennifer M. Seelig
LaWanna Lou Shurtliff
Gordon E. Snow
Kenneth W. Sumsion
Aaron Tilton
Mark W. Walker
Mark A. Wheatley
Larry B. Wiley
Carl Wimmer
Scott L Wyatt              31     
             32      LONG TITLE
             33      General Description:
             34          This joint resolution of the Legislature expresses to the Governor the will of the
             35      Legislature regarding the division of the aquifer shared with Nevada.
             36      Highlighted Provisions:

             37          This resolution:
             38          .    urges the Governor to:
             39              .    consider the consequences of a potential groundwater development project;
             40              .    involve the citizens in developing the division agreement with Nevada; and
             41              .    refrain from entering into the division agreement with Nevada until scientific
             42      studies have been completed and the agreement provides how to divide the
             43      water; and
             44          .    directs a copy of the resolution be sent to various parties.
             45      Special Clauses:
             46          None
             48      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             49          WHEREAS, there is an interstate aquifer underlying Snake Valley in western Utah and
             50      eastern Nevada;
             51          WHEREAS, this aquifer is the source of the springs, seeps, and wells that support the
             52      citizens' livelihoods and fragile ecosystem in Snake Valley and other areas of western Utah;
             53          WHEREAS, the Southern Nevada Water Authority has filed groundwater applications
             54      with the Nevada State Engineer to pump 50,680 acre-feet of water annually out of the aquifer
             55      as part of the Clark, Lincoln, and White Pine Counties Groundwater Development Project;
             56          WHEREAS, the impacts this groundwater development project could have on the water
             57      resources, land, economy, wildlife, and overall quality of life in western Utah greatly concern
             58      the citizens of the state;
             59          WHEREAS, Public Law 108-424, the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and
             60      Development Act of 2004, requires the United States Geological Survey, the Desert Research
             61      Institute, and a designee from the State of Utah to conduct a study known as the Basin and
             62      Range Carbonate Aquifer System Study;
             63          WHEREAS, the steps of the study required by the Lincoln County Conservation,
             64      Recreation, and Development Act of 2004 are:

             65          (1)    investigate groundwater quantity, quality and flow characteristics in the deep
             66      carbonate and alluvial aquifers of White Pine County, Nevada;
             67          (2)    investigate groundwater quantity, quality, and flow characteristics in any
             68      groundwater basins that are located in White Pine County, Nevada, or Lincoln
             69      County, Nevada, and adjacent areas in Utah;
             70          (3)    include new data and review existing data;
             71          (4)    determine the approximate volume of water in the aquifers;
             72          (5)    determine the discharge and recharge characteristics of each aquifer system;
             73          (6)    determine the hydrogeologic and other controls that govern discharge and
             74      recharge of each aquifer system; and
             75          (7)    develop maps at a consistent scale depicting the aquifer systems and the
             76      recharge and discharge areas of such systems;
             77          WHEREAS, the Bureau of Land Management's environmental impact study for the
             78      groundwater development project will analyze the environmental impacts associated with the
             79      anticipated groundwater withdrawal;
             80          WHEREAS, the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of
             81      2004 requires that, prior to any transbasin diversion from groundwater basins located both
             82      within the State of Nevada and the State of Utah, Utah and Nevada shall reach an agreement
             83      dividing the water resources of the interstate groundwater flow systems in which those
             84      interstate groundwater basins are located; and
             85          WHEREAS, the Governor has assured the citizens of western Utah that he would not
             86      approve a project that would compromise peoples' lives and livelihoods, and there would be
             87      some continuity to their quality of life:
             88          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature urges the Governor to
             89      carefully assess the groundwater development project's potential economic, social, and
             90      environmental consequences in Utah, including assessing impacts to indigenous flora and
             91      fauna and modeling groundwater behavior under any proposed pumping plan.
             92          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature urges the Governor to allow public

             93      participation in the development of the agreement with Nevada by inviting a citizen from
             94      Snake Valley to participate in the negotiations with Nevada and allowing public review and
             95      comment on a preliminary draft of the agreement.
             96          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature urges the Governor to refrain from
             97      entering into an agreement with Nevada until:
             98          (1) all steps of the scientific study required by the Lincoln County Conservation,
             99      Recreation, and Development Act of 2004 are complete to ensure that there is an adequate
             100      scientific basis on which to form an agreement; and
             101          (2) the terms of the agreement itself provide for how to divide the water resources of
             102      the interstate groundwater flow systems in which the interstate groundwater basins are located,
             103      as required by the Lincoln County Conservation, Recreation, and Development Act of 2004.
             104          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Governor of
             105      the state of Utah, the Governor of the state of Nevada, the Executive Director of the Utah
             106      Department of Natural Resources, the Director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and
             107      Natural Resources, the Utah State Engineer, the Nevada State Engineer, the General Manager
             108      of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, and a representative of the Snake Valley Citizen's
             109      Alliance.

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