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SB 109 - Authorizes the State Engineer to Manage Water Usage - Utah Key Vote

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Title: Authorizes the State Engineer to Manage Water Usage

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes an applicant to request an advisory opinion about a municipality's change of water rights.

Highlights:

  • Authorizes a “change applicant” to request an advisory opinion from the state engineer or the Office of the Property Rights Ombudsman about a change to a municipality's water right  (Sec. 2).
  • Defines a “change applicant” as any entity that seeks to make a permanent or temporary change to a water right, including (Sec. 5):
    • A holder of an approved but unperfected application to appropriate water;
    • A record owner of a perfected water right;
    • An individual who has written authorization to file a change on another individual’s behalf; or
    • A shareholder in a water company.
  • Defines a change to a water right as any change to the point of diversion, place of use, period of use, or nature of use of a water right (Sec. 5). 
  • Authorizes the state engineer to approve a permanent or temporary change application where an interference with another water right has been demonstrated (Sec. 5).
  • Authorizes a state engineer to review the beneficial use of water to determine the quantity of water available for a change in a water right (Sec. 5).

Title: Authorizes the State Engineer to Manage Water Usage

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