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H.B. 42 Enrolled
8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill amends a provision relating to the extension of a water right application.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . allows the state engineer to approve an extension of time beyond 50 years for a
14 wholesale electrical cooperative to put its water right to beneficial use; and
15 . makes technical changes.
16 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
18 Other Special Clauses:
20 Utah Code Sections Affected:
22 73-3-12, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 136
24 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
25 Section 1. Section 73-3-12 is amended to read:
26 73-3-12. Time limit on construction and application to beneficial use --
27 Extensions -- Procedures and criteria.
28 (1) As used in this section[
29 (a) "Public agency" means:
33 (b) "Wholesale electrical cooperative" is as defined in Section 54-2-1 .
34 (2) (a) [
36 time fixed by the state engineer.
37 (b) [
38 an extension of time, not exceeding 50 years from the application's approval date [
41 (c) [
42 50 years, [
43 a public agency[
44 or wholesale electrical cooperative shows that the water will be needed to meet the reasonable
45 future water or electricity requirements of the public.
46 (d) [
49 (e) [
50 (i) not exceeding 14 years after the approval date [
52 (ii) beyond 14 years [
53 (f) (i) The state engineer shall publish a notice of the application once a week for two
54 successive weeks, in a newspaper of general circulation, in the county in which the [
56 (ii) The notice shall:
57 (A) state that an application has been made; and
58 (B) specify where the interested party may obtain additional information relating to the
60 (g) Any person who owns a water right or holds an application from the source of
61 supply referred to in Subsection (2)(f) [
62 file a protest with the state engineer:
63 (i) within 20 days after the notice is published, if the adjudicative proceeding is
64 informal; and
65 (ii) within 30 days after the notice is published, if the adjudicative proceeding is formal.
66 (h) In considering an application to extend the time in which to place water to beneficial
67 use under an approved application, the state engineer shall deny the extension of time and
68 declare the application lapsed, unless the applicant affirmatively shows that the applicant has
69 exercised or is exercising reasonable and due diligence in working toward completion of the
71 (i) (i) [
72 reasonable and due diligence [
74 (ii) The approved extension of time is effective so long as the applicant continues to
75 exercise reasonable diligence in completing the appropriation.
76 (j) (i) The state engineer shall consider the holding of an approved application by [
77 a public agency or a wholesale electrical cooperative to meet the reasonable future water or
78 electricity requirements of the public to be reasonable and due diligence within the meaning of
79 this section for the first 50 years.
80 (ii) The state engineer may approve [
81 for a public agency or a wholesale electrical cooperative, if the public agency or wholesale
82 electrical cooperative provides information [
83 be needed to meet the reasonable future water or electricity requirements of the public.
84 (k) If the state engineer finds unjustified delay or lack of diligence in prosecuting the
85 works to completion, the state engineer may:
86 (i) deny the extension of time; or [
87 (ii) grant the request in part or upon conditions, including a reduction of the priority of
88 all or part of the application.
89 (3) (a) Except as provided [
90 proof has not been submitted shall lapse and have no further force or effect after the expiration
91 of 50 years from the date of its approval.
92 (b) If the works are constructed with which to make beneficial use of the water applied
93 for, the state engineer may, upon showing of that fact, grant additional time beyond the 50-year
94 period in which to make proof.
95 (c) An application held by a public agency or a wholesale electrical cooperative to meet
96 the reasonable future water or electricity requirements of the public, for which proof of
97 appropriation has not been submitted, shall lapse, unless extended as provided in Subsection
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