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S.B. 26





Chief Sponsor: Margaret Dayton

House Sponsor: Patrick Painter

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      Committee Note:
             9          The Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee
             10      recommended this bill.
             11      General Description:
             12          This bill addresses the filing of a certificate of appropriation of water.
             13      Highlighted Provisions:
             14          This bill:
             15          .    makes the filing of a certificate of appropriation of water with the county recorder
             16      permissive, rather than mandatory; and
             17          .    makes technical changes.
             18      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          73-3-17, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 108
             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 73-3-17 is amended to read:

             28           73-3-17. Certificate of appropriation -- Evidence.
             29          (1) Upon [it being made to appear to] the satisfaction of the state engineer that an
             30      appropriation, a permanent change of point of diversion, place or purpose of use, or a fixed
             31      time change authorized by Section 73-3-30 has been perfected in accordance with the
             32      application, and that the water appropriated or affected by the change has been put to a
             33      beneficial use, as required by Section 73-3-16 or 73-3-30 , the state engineer shall issue a
             34      certificate, in duplicate, setting forth:
             35          (a) the name and post-office address of the person by whom the water is used;
             36          (b) the quantity of water in acre-feet or the flow in second-feet appropriated;
             37          (c) the purpose for which the water is used;
             38          (d) the time during which the water is to be used each year;
             39          (e) the name of the stream or water source:
             40          (i) from which the water is diverted; or
             41          (ii) within which an instream flow is maintained;
             42          (f) the date of the appropriation or change; and
             43          (g) other information that defines the extent and conditions of actual application of the
             44      water to a beneficial use.
             45          (2) A certificate issued on an application for one of the following types of projects need
             46      show no more than the facts shown in the proof submitted under Section 73-3-16 :
             47          (a) [projects] a project constructed according to Title 73, Chapter 10, Board of Water
             48      Resources - Division of Water Resources;
             49          (b) a federal [projects] project constructed by the United States Bureau of Reclamation,
             50      referred to in Section 73-3-16 ; and
             51          (c) a surface water storage facility in excess of 1,000 acre-feet constructed by a public
             52      water supplier.
             53          (3) A certificate under this section does not extend the rights described in the
             54      application.
             55          (4) Failure to file proof of appropriation or proof of change of the water on or before
             56      the date set therefor [shall cause] causes the application to lapse.
             57          (5) One copy of a certificate issued under this section shall be filed in the office of the
             58      state engineer and the other shall be delivered to the appropriator or to the person making the

             59      change who [shall, within 30 days, cause the same to be recorded] may record the certificate in
             60      the office of the county recorder of the county in which the water is diverted from the natural
             61      stream or source.
             62          (6) The certificate issued [and filed] under this section is prima facie evidence of the
             63      owner's right to [the use of] use the water in the quantity, for the purpose, at the place, and
             64      during the time specified therein, subject to prior rights.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 11-17-10 12:36 PM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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