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First Substitute H.B. 208
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill enacts a section relating to a livestock watering right.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . defines terms;
13 . provides that only a beneficial user may acquire a livestock watering right on public
15 . recognizes a forage right that is appurtenant to a livestock watering right;
16 . authorizes the state engineer to:
17 . issue a livestock water use certificate; and
18 . charge a fee;
19 . directs the Department of Agriculture and Food in certain circumstances to:
20 . hold a livestock watering right in trust; or
21 . sell a livestock watering right at a public auction;
22 . prohibits the state engineer from approving a change application in certain
23 circumstances; and
24 . directs the proceeds from a sale of a livestock watering right by the Department of
25 Agriculture and Food to be deposited in the Rangeland Improvement Fund.
26 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
28 Other Special Clauses:
30 Utah Code Sections Affected:
32 4-20-2, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2006, Chapter 294
33 73-2-14, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 314
35 73-3-30, Utah Code Annotated 1953
37 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
38 Section 1. Section 4-20-2 is amended to read:
39 4-20-2. Rangeland Improvement Fund -- Administered by department.
40 (1) (a) There is created a restricted special revenue fund known as the "Rangeland
41 Improvement Fund."
42 (b) The fund shall consist of:
43 (i) all monies received by the state from the United States Secretary of Interior under
44 the Taylor Grazing Act, 43 U.S.C. Section 315 et seq., for sales, leases, and fees;
45 (ii) grants or appropriations from the state or federal government;
46 (iii) grants from private foundations; [
47 (iv) proceeds from the sale of a livestock watering right in accordance with Section
48 73-3-30 ; and
50 (2) Any unallocated balance in the fund at the end of a fiscal year is nonlapsing.
51 (3) The department shall:
52 (a) administer the fund;
53 (b) obtain from the United States Department of Interior the receipts collected from:
54 (i) fees in each grazing district; and
55 (ii) the receipts collected from the sale or lease of public lands; and
56 (c) distribute fund monies in accordance with Section 4-20-3 .
57 Section 2. Section 73-2-14 is amended to read:
58 73-2-14. Fees of state engineer -- Deposited as a dedicated credit.
59 (1) The state engineer shall charge fees pursuant to Section 63-38-3.2 for the
61 (a) applications to appropriate water;
62 (b) applications to temporarily appropriate water;
63 (c) applications for permanent or temporary change;
64 (d) applications for exchange;
65 (e) applications for an extension of time in which to resume use of water;
66 (f) applications to appropriate water, or make a permanent or temporary change, for use
67 outside the state filed pursuant to Title 73, Chapter 3a, Water Exports;
68 (g) groundwater recovery permits;
69 (h) diligence claims for surface or underground water filed pursuant to Section
70 73-5-13 ;
71 (i) republication of notice to water users after amendment of application where
72 required by this title;
73 (j) applications to segregate;
74 (k) requests for an extension of time in which to submit proof of appropriation not to
75 exceed 14 years after the date of approval of the application;
76 (l) requests for an extension of time in which to submit proof of appropriation 14 years
77 or more after the date of approval of the application;
78 (m) groundwater recharge permits;
79 (n) applications for a well driller's license, annual renewal of a well driller's license,
80 and late annual renewal of a well driller's license;
81 (o) certification of copies;
82 (p) preparing copies of documents; [
83 (q) reports of water right conveyance[
84 (r) requests for a livestock water use certificate under Section 73-3-30 .
85 (2) Fees for the services specified in Subsections (1)(a) through (i) shall be based upon
86 the rate of flow or volume of water. If it is proposed to appropriate by both direct flow and
87 storage, the fee shall be based upon either the rate of flow or annual volume of water stored,
88 whichever fee is greater.
89 (3) Fees collected under this section:
90 (a) shall be deposited in the General Fund as a dedicated credit to be used by the
91 Division of Water Rights; and
92 (b) may only be used by the Division of Water Rights to:
93 (i) meet the publication of notice requirements under this title; [
94 (ii) process reports of water right conveyance[
95 (iii) process a request for a livestock water use certificate.
96 Section 3. Section 73-3-30 is enacted to read:
97 73-3-30. Water right for watering livestock.
98 (1) As used in this section:
99 (a) "Acquire" means to gain the right to use water through obtaining:
100 (i) an approved application to appropriate water; or
101 (ii) a perfected water right.
102 (b) "Allotment" means a designated area of public land available for livestock grazing.
103 (c) "Beneficial user" means the person that owns the grazing permit.
104 (d) "Forage right" means a right for livestock to forage within 50 feet of:
105 (i) a water source;
106 (ii) the place to which water is diverted; or
107 (iii) a right-of-way for the maintenance and enjoyment of a livestock watering right.
108 (e) "Grazing permit" means a document authorizing livestock to graze on an allotment.
109 (f) "Livestock" means a domestic animal raised or kept for profit or personal use.
110 (g) "Livestock watering right" means a right for:
111 (i) livestock to consume water:
112 (A) directly from the water source located on public land; or
113 (B) from an impoundment located on public land into which the water is diverted; and
114 (ii) associated uses of water related to the raising and care of livestock on public land.
115 (h) (i) "Public land" means land owned or managed by the United States or the state.
116 (ii) "Public land" does not mean land owned by:
117 (A) the Division of Wildlife Resources; or
118 (B) the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.
119 (2) On or after May 5, 2008, only a beneficial user may acquire a livestock watering
121 (3) The state engineer may not approve a change application for a livestock watering
122 right without the consent of the beneficial user.
123 (4) (a) Except as provided by Subsection (6), a livestock watering right is appurtenant
124 to the allotment on which the livestock is watered.
125 (b) A forage right is appurtenant to a livestock watering right.
126 (5) (a) A beneficial user may file a request with the state engineer for a livestock water
127 use certificate.
128 (b) The state engineer shall grant a livestock water use certificate if the beneficial user:
129 (i) demonstrates that the beneficial user owns a grazing permit for the allotment to
130 which the livestock watering right is appurtenant; and
131 (ii) pays the fee set in accordance with Section 73-2-14 .
132 (6) (a) Notwithstanding other provisions in this title, if a person ceases to be a
133 beneficial user, the livestock watering right acquired under Subsection (2) or the livestock
134 water use certificate granted under Subsection (5) transfers to the Department of Agriculture
135 and Food.
136 (b) (i) The Department of Agriculture and Food shall:
137 (A) file as a lien holder on a grazing permit with the agency responsible for managing
138 the public land; and
139 (B) hold the livestock watering right or livestock water use certificate in trust until the
140 Department of Agriculture and Food transfers the livestock watering right or livestock water
141 use certificate to a person who owns a grazing permit for the allotment to which the livestock
142 watering right is appurtenant.
143 (ii) A livestock watering right held by the Department of Agriculture and Food is not
144 subject to forfeiture.
145 (c) If no person obtains a grazing permit for the allotment within one year of the
146 Department of Agriculture and Food receiving title:
147 (i) the Department of Agriculture and Food shall:
148 (A) sever the livestock watering right from the allotment; and
149 (B) sell the water right at public auction to a person who:
150 (I) demonstrates the ability to divert the water and use the water right to water
151 livestock; and
152 (II) submits the highest bid; and
153 (ii) the livestock water use certificate is void.
154 (d) The Department of Agriculture and Food shall deposit the proceeds of the livestock
155 watering right sale into the Rangeland Improvement Fund created by Section 4-20-2 .
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