Saturday, September 26, 2009

How Do You Update Your Address with the Utah Division of Water Rights?

In a previous post, I explained how to look up water rights on the Utah Division of Water Rights’ website. Each water right has an owner (or owners) listed at the top of the water right printout, with a corresponding mailing address. Many times, I find that the mailing address listed is incorrect or out-of-date. It is important that water right owners keep this address current. Any notices or other correspondence related to the water right will be mailed to the address on file with the Division. The Division will not actively ensure that the address is correct; rather, the Division relies on the water right owners to notify the Division of any changes.

The procedure to change an address is very simple and can be done online. Once you have pulled up the water right on the Division’s website (see instructions here), click on the drop-down menu in the top left corner and select "Modify an Owners Address." A list of owners will appear. Click the circle next to the owner whose address is to be modified. A new screen will appear where you can fill in the new address. It will also ask for a telephone number and email address to complete the submission.

It is important to note that the address modification procedure can be used only to update the address of a current owner. If the owner has changed (e.g., the water right has been sold, transferred to a trust, etc.) or if the owner’s name has changed (e.g., through marriage), this information must be updated by using a Report of Conveyance.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Division of Water Rights Public Information Meetings

The Southeastern Regional Office of the Utah Division of Water Rights will be holding a series of public information meetings in Price, Green River, and Moab. The purpose of the meetings is to discuss water policies, processes, recent legislative changes. The agenda includes discussions of the Endangered Fish policy, the Colorado River policy, the appropriation policy in Willow Basin and Upper Mill Creek, and federal reserved water rights for Arches National Park.

The meeting schedule is as follows:

Price--Tuesday, September 29th, 6:00 pm, CEU Alumni Room

Green River--Wednesday, September 30th, 10:00 am, Green River City Hall

Moab--Wednesday, September 30th, 2:30 pm, Grand Center

To view a flyer containing more information, click here.

To view the agendas for the meetings, click here.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Snake Valley Agreement

A proposed "Agreement for Management of the Snake Valley Groundwater System" was released a few weeks ago. This purpose of the proposed agreement is to establish "a cooperative relationship between the States of Utah and Nevada regarding the management of interstate groundwater resources." The proposed agreement has caused quite an uproar in Utah (click here for a sample news article from the Deseret News), as many residents in the Snake Valley area feel that Nevada is getting the better end of the deal.

To read the proposed agreement, click here.

2009 Utah Groundwater Report

Each year, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) publishes a report on groundwater conditions in Utah. The report is prepared and published in cooperation with the Utah Division of Water Resources, the Utah Division of Water Rights, and the Utah Division of Water Quality. The report is a valuable resource containing information on well construction, groundwater withdrawal, groundwater level changes, groundwater quality, and much more.

The 2009 report was recently released. It is available online here.