S.B. 274 Enrolled
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies provisions relating to water rights used for watering livestock on
10 public land and addresses the ability of a party to obtain a water right in the state under
11 certain circumstances.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . removes the requirement that a livestock watering right be acquired jointly by a
15 public land agency and a beneficial user;
16 . states that a public land agency may not condition the issuance, renewal,
17 amendment, or extension of any permit, approval, license, allotment, easement,
18 right-of-way, or other land use occupancy agreement on the transfer of the water
19 right, or a party acquiring a water right on behalf of the public land agency;
20 . states that, among other reasons, a livestock watering right may be considered valid
21 if it is held by a beneficial user who has the right to use the grazing permit and graze
22 livestock on the allotment;
23 . provides that if a reduction in livestock grazing results in a partial forfeiture of
24 water, the state engineer shall hold the appropriated water right in trust until the
25 water can be appropriated for livestock watering; and
26 . makes technical changes.
27 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
29 Other Special Clauses:
31 Utah Code Sections Affected:
33 73-3-31 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2013, Chapter 343
35 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
36 Section 1. Section 73-3-31 is amended to read:
37 73-3-31. Water right for watering livestock on public land.
38 (1) As used in this section:
39 (a) "Acquire" means to gain the right to use water through obtaining:
40 (i) an approved application to appropriate water; or
41 (ii) a perfected water right.
42 (b) "Allotment" means a designated area of public land available for livestock grazing.
43 (c) "Animal unit month (AUM)" is the amount of forage needed to sustain one cow and
44 her calf, one horse, or five sheep and goats for one month.
47 (ii) "Beneficial user" does not mean the public land agency issuing the grazing permit.
52 (i) livestock to consume water:
53 (A) directly from the water source located on public land; or
54 (B) from an impoundment located on public land into which the water is diverted; and
55 (ii) associated uses of water related to the raising and care of livestock on public land.
58 (ii) "Public land" does not mean land owned by:
59 (A) the Division of Wildlife Resources;
60 (B) the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration; or
61 (C) the Division of Parks and Recreation.
65 (2) A public land agency may not:
66 (a) condition the issuance, renewal, amendment, or extension of any permit, approval,
67 license, allotment, easement, right-of-way, or other land use occupancy agreement regarding
68 livestock on the transfer of any water right directly to the public land agency;
69 (b) require any water user to apply for, or acquire a water right in the name of, the
70 public land agency as a condition for the issuance, renewal, amendment, or extension of any
71 permit, approval, license, allotment, easement, right-of-way, or other land use occupancy
72 agreement regarding livestock; or
73 (c) acquire a livestock watering right if the public land agency is not a beneficial user.
74 (3) The state engineer may not approve a change application under Section 73-3-3 for a
75 livestock watering right without the consent of the beneficial user.
76 (4) A beneficial user may file a nonuse application under Section 73-1-4 on a livestock
77 watering right or a portion of a livestock watering right that the beneficial user puts to
78 beneficial use.
79 (5) A livestock watering right is appurtenant to the allotment on which the livestock is
81 (6) (a) (i) A beneficial user or a public land agency may file a request with the state
82 engineer for a livestock water use certificate.
83 (ii) The state engineer shall:
84 (A) provide the livestock water use certificate application form on the Internet; and
85 (B) allow electronic submission of the livestock water use certificate application.
86 (b) The state engineer shall grant a livestock water use certificate to[
87 user if the beneficial user:
89 allotment to which the livestock watering right is appurtenant; and
96 (c) A livestock water use certificate is valid as long as the livestock watering right is:
97 (i) held by a beneficial user who has the right to use the grazing permit and graze
98 livestock on the allotment;
101 (7) A beneficial user may access or improve an allotment as necessary for the
102 beneficial user to beneficially use, develop, and maintain the beneficial user's water right
103 appurtenant to the allotment.
104 (8) If a federal land management agency reduces livestock grazing AUMs on federal
105 grazing allotments, and the reduction results in the partial forfeiture of an appropriated water
106 right, the amount of water in question for nonuse as a livestock water right shall be held in trust
107 by the state engineer until such water may be appropriated for livestock watering, consistent
108 with this act and state law.
109 (9) Nothing in this section affects a livestock watering right or a livestock water use
110 certificate held by a public land agency on May 13, 2014.
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