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WATER STORAGE PROJECTS

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2010 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Michael E. Noel

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Senate Sponsor: Stephen H. Urquhart

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends provisions of Title 73, Water and Irrigation, to address proof and
             10      certification of water storage projects.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    establishes the proof requirements for a surface water storage facility constructed
             14      by a public water supplier;
             15          .    establishes a certificate requirement for a surface water storage facility constructed
             16      by a public water supplier; and
             17          .    makes technical changes.
             18      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          73-3-16, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 311
             25          73-3-17, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 311
             26     
             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             28          Section 1. Section 73-3-16 is amended to read:
             29           73-3-16. Proof of appropriation or permanent change -- Notice -- Manner of


             30      proof -- Statements -- Maps, profiles, and drawings -- Verification -- Waiver of filing --
             31      Statement in lieu of proof of appropriation or change.
             32          (1) Sixty days before the date set for the proof of appropriation or proof of change to
             33      be made, the state engineer shall notify the applicant by mail when proof of completion of the
             34      works and application of the water to a beneficial use [will be] is due.
             35          (2) On or before the date set for completing the proof in accordance with the
             36      application, the applicant shall file proof with the state engineer on forms furnished by the
             37      state engineer.
             38          (3) Except as provided in Subsection (4), the applicant shall submit the following
             39      information:
             40          (a) a description of the works constructed;
             41          (b) the quantity of water in acre-feet or the flow in second-feet diverted, or both;
             42          (c) the method of applying the water to beneficial use; and
             43          (d) (i) detailed measurements of water put to beneficial use;
             44          (ii) the date the measurements were made; and
             45          (iii) the name of the person making the measurements.
             46          (4) (a) (i) On applications filed for appropriation or permanent change of use of water
             47      to provide a water supply for state projects constructed pursuant to Title 73, Chapter 10, Board
             48      of Water Resources - Division of Water Resources, or for federal projects constructed by the
             49      United States Bureau of Reclamation for the use and benefit of the state, any of its agencies,
             50      its political subdivisions, public and quasi-municipal corporations, or water users' associations
             51      of which the state, its agencies, political subdivisions, or public and quasi-municipal
             52      corporations are stockholders, the proof shall include:
             53          [(i)] (A) a statement indicating construction of the project works has been completed;
             54          [(ii)] (B) a description of the major features with appropriate maps, profiles, drawings,
             55      and reservoir area-capacity curves;
             56          [(iii)] (C) a description of the point or points of diversion and rediversion;
             57          [(iv)] (D) project operation data;


             58          [(v)] (E) a map showing the place of use of water and a statement of the purpose and
             59      method of use;
             60          [(vi)] (F) the project plan for beneficial use of water under the applications and the
             61      quantity of water required; and
             62          [(vii)] (G) a statement indicating what type of measuring devices have been installed.
             63          [(b)] (ii) The director of the Division of Water Resources shall sign proofs for the state
             64      projects and an authorized official of the Bureau of Reclamation shall sign proofs for the
             65      federal projects specified in Subsection (4)(a).
             66          (b) Proof on an application for appropriation or permanent change for a surface
             67      storage facility in excess of 1,000 acre-feet constructed by a public water supplier to provide a
             68      water supply for the reasonable requirements of the public shall include:
             69          (i) a description of the completed water storage facility;
             70          (ii) a description of the major project features and appropriate maps, profiles,
             71      drawings, and reservoir area-capacity curves as required by the state engineer;
             72          (iii) the quantity of water stored in acre-feet;
             73          (iv) a description of the water distribution facility for the delivery of the water; and
             74          (v) the project plan for beneficial use of water including any existing contracts for
             75      water delivery.
             76          (c) The completed proof shall conform to rules established by the state engineer.
             77          (5) The proof on all applications shall be sworn to by the applicant or the applicant's
             78      appointed representative and proof engineer.
             79          (6) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (6)(b), when filing proof, the applicant shall
             80      submit maps, profiles, and drawings made by a Utah licensed land surveyor or Utah licensed
             81      professional engineer that show:
             82          (i) the location of the completed works;
             83          (ii) the nature and extent of the completed works;
             84          (iii) the natural stream or source from which and the point where the water is diverted
             85      and, in the case of a nonconsumptive use, the point where the water is returned; and


             86          (iv) the place of use.
             87          (b) The state engineer may waive the filing of maps, profiles, and drawings if in the
             88      state engineer's opinion the written proof adequately describes the works and the nature and
             89      extent of beneficial use.
             90          (7) The completed proof shall conform to rules and standards established by the state
             91      engineer.
             92          (8) In those areas in which general determination proceedings are pending, or have
             93      been concluded, under Title 73, Chapter 4, Determination of Water Rights, the state engineer
             94      may petition the district court for permission to:
             95          (a) waive the requirements of this section and Section 73-3-17 ; and
             96          (b) permit each owner of an application to file a verified statement to the effect that
             97      the applicant has completed the appropriation or change and elects to file a statement of water
             98      users claim in the proposed determination of water rights or any supplement to it in
             99      accordance with Title 73, Chapter 4, Determination of Water Rights, in lieu of proof of
             100      appropriation or proof of change.
             101          (9) This section does not apply to an instream flow water right authorized by Section
             102      73-3-30 .
             103          Section 2. Section 73-3-17 is amended to read:
             104           73-3-17. Certificate of appropriation -- Evidence.
             105          (1) Upon it being made to appear to the satisfaction of the state engineer that an
             106      appropriation, a permanent change of point of diversion, place or purpose of use, or a fixed
             107      time change authorized by Section 73-3-30 has been perfected in accordance with the
             108      application, and that the water appropriated or affected by the change has been put to a
             109      beneficial use, as required by Section 73-3-16 or 73-3-30 , the state engineer shall issue a
             110      certificate, in duplicate, setting forth:
             111          (a) the name and post-office address of the person by whom the water is used;
             112          (b) the quantity of water in acre-feet or the flow in second-feet appropriated;
             113          (c) the purpose for which the water is used;


             114          (d) the time during which the water is to be used each year;
             115          (e) the name of the stream or water source:
             116          (i) from which the water is diverted; or
             117          (ii) within which an instream flow is maintained;
             118          (f) the date of the appropriation or change; and
             119          (g) other information that defines the extent and conditions of actual application of the
             120      water to a beneficial use.
             121          (2) [Certificates] A certificate issued on [applications for] an application for one of the
             122      following types of projects need show no more than the facts shown in the proof submitted
             123      under Section 73-3-16 :
             124          (a) projects constructed according to Title 73, Chapter 10, Board of Water Resources -
             125      Division of Water Resources[, and for the];
             126          (b) federal projects constructed by the United States Bureau of Reclamation, referred
             127      to in Section 73-3-16 [, need show no more than the facts shown in the proof.]; and
             128          (c) a surface water storage facility in excess of 1,000 acre-feet constructed by a public
             129      water supplier.
             130          (3) A certificate under this section does not extend the rights described in the
             131      application.
             132          (4) Failure to file proof of appropriation or proof of change of the water on or before
             133      the date set therefor shall cause the application to lapse.
             134          (5) One copy of a certificate issued under this section shall be filed in the office of the
             135      state engineer and the other shall be delivered to the appropriator or to the person making the
             136      change who shall, within 30 days, cause the same to be recorded in the office of the county
             137      recorder of the county in which the water is diverted from the natural stream or source.
             138          (6) The certificate issued and filed under this section is prima facie evidence of the
             139      owner's right to the use of the water in the quantity, for the purpose, at the place, and during
             140      the time specified therein, subject to prior rights.


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