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8 LONG TITLE
9 Committee Note:
10 The Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee recommended this bill.
11 General Description:
12 This bill amends a provision relating to the extension of a water right application.
13 Highlighted Provisions:
14 This bill:
15 . allows the state engineer to approve an extension of time beyond 50 years for a
16 wholesale electrical cooperative to put its water right to beneficial use; and
17 . makes technical changes.
18 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
20 Other Special Clauses:
22 Utah Code Sections Affected:
24 73-3-12, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 136
26 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
27 Section 1. Section 73-3-12 is amended to read:
28 73-3-12. Time limit on construction and application to beneficial use --
29 Extensions -- Procedures and criteria.
30 (1) As used in this section[
31 (a) "Public agency" means:
35 (b) "Wholesale electrical cooperative" is as defined in Section 54-2-1 .
36 (2) (a) [
38 within the time fixed by the state engineer.
39 (b) [
40 an extension of time, not exceeding 50 years from the application's approval date [
43 (c) [
44 50 years, [
45 a public agency[
46 or wholesale electrical cooperative shows that the water will be needed to meet the reasonable
47 future water or electricity requirements of the public.
48 (d) [
51 (e) [
52 (i) not exceeding 14 years after the approval date [
54 (ii) beyond 14 years [
55 (f) (i) The state engineer shall publish a notice of the application once a week for two
56 successive weeks, in a newspaper of general circulation, in the county in which the [
58 (ii) The notice shall:
59 (A) state that an application has been made; and
60 (B) specify where the interested party may obtain additional information relating to the
62 (g) Any person who owns a water right or holds an application from the source of
63 supply referred to in Subsection (2)(f) [
64 file a protest with the state engineer:
65 (i) within 20 days after the notice is published, if the adjudicative proceeding is
66 informal; and
67 (ii) within 30 days after the notice is published, if the adjudicative proceeding is
69 (h) In considering an application to extend the time in which to place water to
70 beneficial use under an approved application, the state engineer shall deny the extension of
71 time and declare the application lapsed, unless the applicant affirmatively shows that the
72 applicant has exercised or is exercising reasonable and due diligence in working toward
73 completion of the appropriation.
74 (i) (i) If reasonable and due diligence is shown by the applicant, the state engineer shall
75 approve the extension of time.
76 (ii) The approved extension of time is effective so long as the applicant continues to
77 exercise reasonable diligence in completing the appropriation.
78 (j) (i) The state engineer shall consider the holding of an approved application by [
79 a public agency or a wholesale electrical cooperative to meet the reasonable future water or
80 electricity requirements of the public to be reasonable and due diligence within the meaning of
81 this section for the first 50 years.
82 (ii) The state engineer may approve [
83 for a public agency or a wholesale electrical cooperative, if the public agency or wholesale
84 electrical cooperative provides information [
85 will be needed to meet the reasonable future water or electricity requirements of the public.
86 (k) If the state engineer finds unjustified delay or lack of diligence in prosecuting the
87 works to completion, the state engineer may:
88 (i) deny the extension of time; or [
89 (ii) grant the request in part or upon conditions, including a reduction of the priority of
90 all or part of the application.
91 (3) (a) Except as provided [
92 which proof has not been submitted shall lapse and have no further force or effect after the
93 expiration of 50 years from the date of its approval.
94 (b) If the works are constructed with which to make beneficial use of the water applied
95 for, the state engineer may, upon showing of that fact, grant additional time beyond the 50-year
96 period in which to make proof.
97 (c) An application held by a public agency or a wholesale electrical cooperative to meet
98 the reasonable future water or electricity requirements of the public, for which proof of
99 appropriation has not been submitted, shall lapse, unless extended as provided in Subsection
Legislative Review Note
as of 11-14-07 12:49 PM