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7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies provisions of Title 73, Water and Irrigation, regarding fixed time
10 period applications and claims to surface or underground water not otherwise
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . modifies provisions of Title 73, Water and Irrigation, regarding:
15 . fixed time period applications; and
16 . claims to surface or underground water not otherwise represented; and
17 . makes technical changes.
18 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
20 Other Special Clauses:
22 Utah Code Sections Affected:
24 73-3-10, as last amended by Laws of Utah 1997, Chapter 48
25 73-3-18, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2011, Chapter 86
26 73-3-20, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2012, Chapter 163
27 73-5-13, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2001, Chapter 136
29 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
30 Section 1. Section 73-3-10 is amended to read:
31 73-3-10. Approval or rejection of application.
34 (1) When the state engineer approves or rejects an application, the state engineer shall
35 record the approval decision or rejection decision in the state engineer's office.
37 (2) On the same day on which the state engineer makes an approval decision or
38 rejection decision described in Subsection (1), the state engineer shall mail the decision to the
40 (3) If [
42 (a) proceed with the construction of the necessary works;
43 (b) take any steps required to apply the water to the use [
44 application; and
45 (c) perfect the proposed application.
46 (4) If the application is rejected, the applicant [
47 the prosecution of [
49 (a) the work proposed in the application; or
50 (b) the proposed diversion and use of the public water in the application.
53 (5) In a decision approving an application, other than an application for a fixed time
54 period, the state engineer shall state the time within which:
55 (a) the construction work must be completed; and
56 (b) the water must be applied to beneficial use.
57 Section 2. Section 73-3-18 is amended to read:
58 73-3-18. Lapse of application -- Notice -- Reinstatement -- Priorities --
59 Assignment of application -- Filing and recording -- Constructive notice -- Effect of
60 failure to record.
61 (1) When an application lapses for failure of the applicant to comply with this title's
62 provisions or the state engineer's order, the state engineer shall promptly give notice of the
63 lapse [
64 (2) Within 60 days after notice of a lapse described in Subsection (1), the state engineer
65 may, upon a showing of reasonable cause, reinstate the application with the date of priority
66 changed to the date of reinstatement.
67 (3) The original priority date of a lapsed application may not be reinstated, except upon
68 a showing of fraud or mistake of the state engineer.
69 (4) Except as provided in Section 73-3-5.6 , Section 73-3-12 , Section 73-3-20 , or
70 Subsection (2), the priority of an application is determined by the day on which the state
71 engineer's office receives the written application.
72 (5) Before the state engineer issues a certificate of appropriation, a right claimed under
73 an application for the appropriation of water may be transferred or assigned by a written
80 (6) An instrument transferring or assigning a right described in Subsection (5), when
81 acknowledged or proved and certified in the manner provided by law for the acknowledgment
82 or proving of conveyances of real estate, may be filed in the office of the state engineer and
83 shall from time of filing impart notice to all persons of the contents thereof.
84 (7) [
85 that is not filed as [
86 subsequent assignee in good faith and for valuable consideration of the same application or any
87 portion [
89 Section 3. Section 73-3-20 is amended to read:
90 73-3-20. Right to divert appropriated waters into natural streams --
91 Requirements -- Storage in reservoir -- Information required by state engineer -- Lapse
92 of application.
93 (1) Upon application in writing and approval of the state engineer, any appropriated
94 water may, for the purpose of preventing waste and facilitating distribution, be turned from the
95 channel of any stream or any lake or other body of water, into the channel of any natural stream
96 or natural body of water or into a reservoir constructed across the bed of any natural stream,
97 and commingled with its waters, and a like quantity less the quantity lost by evaporation and
98 seepage may be taken out, either above or below the point where emptied into the stream, body
99 of water or reservoir. In so doing, the original water in such stream, body of water, or reservoir
100 must not be deteriorated in quality or diminished in quantity for the purpose used, and the
101 additional water turned in shall bear its share of the expense of maintenance of such reservoir
102 and an equitable proportion of the cost of the reservoir site and its construction. Any person
103 having stored that person's appropriated water in a reservoir for a beneficial purpose shall be
104 permitted to withdraw the water at the times and in the quantities as the person's necessities
105 may require if the withdrawal does not interfere with the rights of others.
106 (2) (a) The state engineer may require an owner of an approved exchange application to
108 (i) information about the diverting works constructed;
109 (ii) information about the extent to which the development under the exchange has
110 occurred; or
111 (iii) other information the state engineer considers necessary to:
112 (A) ensure that the exchange is taking place;
113 (B) establish that the owner still has a legal interest in the underlying water right used
114 as the basis for the exchange; or
115 (C) determine the quantity of water being exchanged.
116 (b) The owner of an exchange application shall provide the information requested by
117 the state engineer within 60 days after the day on which the owner received the notification
118 from the state engineer.
119 (3) The state engineer may lapse an approved exchange application described in
120 Subsection (1) if:
121 (a) the applicant has lost a legal interest in the underlying right used to facilitate the
123 (b) the exchange can no longer be carried out as stated in the application;
124 (c) the applicant has not complied with the conditions established in approving the
125 exchange; or
126 (d) the applicant fails to provide the information requested by the state engineer under
127 Subsection (2).
128 (4) (a) Notwithstanding Section 73-3-18 , the state engineer may reinstate an exchange
129 application that was lapsed by the state engineer under Subsection (3), if:
130 (i) the applicant files with the state engineer a written request to reinstate the exchange
132 (ii) the exchange application is for a small amount of water, as defined in Section
133 73-3-5.6 ;
134 (iii) the applicant demonstrates that, before the exchange application lapsed, the
135 applicant or the applicant's predecessor in interest, in accordance with the exchange
137 (A) constructed and occupied a residence; and
138 (B) beneficially used the water at the residence; and
139 (iv) the applicant demonstrates that none of the conditions described in Subsection (3)
140 for lapsing an approved exchange application still exist.
141 (b) [
142 reinstated under this section shall be the day on which the applicant files a request to reinstate
143 an exchange application that was lapsed by the state engineer.
144 Section 4. Section 73-5-13 is amended to read:
145 73-5-13. Claim to surface or underground water not otherwise represented --
146 Information required -- Corrections -- Filing -- Investigation -- Publication -- Judicial
147 action to determine validity -- Rules.
148 (1) (a) [
149 surface and underground water, whose [
150 certificate of appropriation issued by the state engineer, by [
151 with the state engineer, by [
152 to law, shall submit the claim to the state engineer in accordance with this section.
153 (b) Subsections (2) through (7) [
154 submitted to the state engineer [
156 (2) (a) [
157 claimant or the claimant's duly appointed representative and submitted on forms [
158 provided by the state engineer setting forth any information the state engineer requires,
160 (i) the name and [
161 (ii) the quantity of water claimed in acre-feet or rate of flow in second-feet, or both,
162 where appropriate;
163 (iii) the source of supply;
164 (iv) the priority date of the right;
165 (v) the location of the point of diversion with reference to a United States land survey
167 (vi) the place of use;
168 (vii) the nature and extent of use;
169 (viii) the time during which the water has been used each year; and
170 (ix) the date when the water was first used.
171 (b) The claim shall also include the following information verified under oath by a
172 registered engineer or land surveyor:
173 (i) measurements of the amount of water diverted;
174 (ii) a statement that the quantity of water claimed either in acre-feet or cubic feet per
175 second is consistent with the beneficial use claimed and the supply [
176 capable of producing; and
177 (iii) a map showing the original diversion and conveyance works and where the water
178 was placed to beneficial use, including irrigated lands, if irrigation is the claimed beneficial
180 (c) The state engineer may require additional information as necessary to evaluate any
181 claim including:
182 (i) affidavits setting forth facts of which the affiant has personal knowledge;
183 (ii) authenticated or historic photographs, plat or survey maps, or surveyors' notes;
184 (iii) authenticated copies of original diaries, personal histories, or other historical
185 documents [
186 (iv) other relevant records on file with any county recorder's, surveyor's, or assessor's
191 (3) (a) A claimant, or a claimant's successor in interest, as shown in the records of the
192 state engineer may file a corrected claim that:
193 (i) is designated as a corrected claim;
194 (ii) includes the information described in Subsection (2); and
195 (iii) bears the same number as the original claim.
196 (b) If a corrected claim that meets the requirements described in Subsection (3)(a) is
197 filed before the state engineer publishes the original claim in accordance with Subsection
198 (4)(a)(iv), the state engineer may not charge an additional fee for filing the corrected claim.
199 (c) The state engineer shall treat a corrected claim that is filed in accordance with
200 Subsection (3)(a) as if the corrected claim were the original claim.
201 (4) (a) Upon submission by a claimant of a claim that is acceptably complete under
202 Subsection (2) and the deposit of money by a claimant with the state engineer sufficient to pay
203 the expenses of conducting a field investigation and publishing a notice of the claim, the state
204 engineer shall:
205 (i) file the claim;
206 (ii) endorse the date of its receipt;
207 (iii) assign the claim a water right number; and
208 (iv) publish a notice of the claim following the same procedures as provided in Section
209 73-3-6 .
210 (b) Any claim not acceptably complete under Subsection (2) shall be returned to the
212 (c) The acceptance of any claim filed under this section by the state engineer may not
213 be considered to be an adjudication by the state engineer of the validity of the claimed water
215 (5) (a) The state engineer shall:
216 (i) conduct a field investigation of each claim filed; and
217 (ii) prepare a report of the investigation.
218 (b) The report of the investigation shall:
219 (i) become part of the file on the claim; and
220 (ii) be admissible in any administrative or judicial proceeding [
221 validity of the claim.
222 (6) (a) Any person who may be damaged by a diversion and use of water as described
223 in a claim submitted pursuant to this section may file an action in district court to determine the
224 validity of the claim, [
226 Subsection (4)(a).
227 (b) Venue for [
229 of use, or some part of it, is located.
230 (c) The action shall be brought against the claimant to the use of water or the claimant's
231 successor in interest.
232 (d) In any action brought to determine the validity of a claim to the use of water under
233 this section, the claimant shall have the initial burden of proof as to the validity of the claimed
235 (e) (i) [
236 water under this section shall notify the state engineer of the pendency of the action in [
238 (ii) Upon receipt of the notice, the state engineer may take no action on any change or
239 exchange applications founded on the claim that is the subject of the pending litigation[
240 the court adjudicates the matter.
241 (f) Upon the entering of any final order or decree in [
242 the validity of a claim under this section, the prevailing party shall file a certified copy of the
243 order or decree with the state engineer, [
244 order into the state engineer's file on the claim.
245 (7) (a) In a general adjudication of water rights under Title 73, Chapter 4,
246 Determination of Water Rights, after completion of final summons in accordance with Section
247 73-4-22 , a district court may, by decree, prohibit future claims from being filed under this
248 section in the general adjudication area.
249 (b) If the state engineer receives a claim for an area where a court has prohibited filing
250 under Subsection (7)(a), the state engineer shall return the claim to the claimant without further
253 information required to be included in a claim and claim procedures.
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-1-13 7:53 AM