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H.B. 34

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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      Committee Note:
             9          The Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee
             10      recommended this bill.
             11          The State Water Development Commission recommended this bill.
             12              Membership:    10 legislators    14 non-legislators
             13              Legislative Vote:    8 voting for    0 voting against    2 absent
             14      General Description:
             15          This bill amends provisions of Title 73, Water and Irrigation, to address proof and
             16      certification of water storage projects.
             17      Highlighted Provisions:
             18          This bill:
             19          .    establishes the proof requirements for a surface water storage facility constructed by
             20      a public water supplier;
             21          .    establishes a certificate requirement for a surface water storage facility constructed
             22      by a public water supplier; and
             23          .    makes technical changes.
             24      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             25          None
             26      Other Special Clauses:
             27          None


             28      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             29      AMENDS:
             30          73-3-16, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 311
             31          73-3-17, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 311
             32     
             33      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             34          Section 1. Section 73-3-16 is amended to read:
             35           73-3-16. Proof of appropriation or permanent change -- Notice -- Manner of
             36      proof -- Statements -- Maps, profiles, and drawings -- Verification -- Waiver of filing --
             37      Statement in lieu of proof of appropriation or change.
             38          (1) Sixty days before the date set for the proof of appropriation or proof of change to be
             39      made, the state engineer shall notify the applicant by mail when proof of completion of the
             40      works and application of the water to a beneficial use [will be] is due.
             41          (2) On or before the date set for completing the proof in accordance with the
             42      application, the applicant shall file proof with the state engineer on forms furnished by the state
             43      engineer.
             44          (3) Except as provided in Subsection (4), the applicant shall submit the following
             45      information:
             46          (a) a description of the works constructed;
             47          (b) the quantity of water in acre-feet or the flow in second-feet diverted, or both;
             48          (c) the method of applying the water to beneficial use; and
             49          (d) (i) detailed measurements of water put to beneficial use;
             50          (ii) the date the measurements were made; and
             51          (iii) the name of the person making the measurements.
             52          (4) (a) (i) On applications filed for appropriation or permanent change of use of water
             53      to provide a water supply for state projects constructed pursuant to Title 73, Chapter 10, Board
             54      of Water Resources - Division of Water Resources, or for federal projects constructed by the
             55      United States Bureau of Reclamation for the use and benefit of the state, any of its agencies, its
             56      political subdivisions, public and quasi-municipal corporations, or water users' associations of
             57      which the state, its agencies, political subdivisions, or public and quasi-municipal corporations
             58      are stockholders, the proof shall include:


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


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


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




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