Thursday, February 18, 2010

2010 Legislature: New Canal Safety Bill

The text of Senate Bill 185, which was previously numbered without substance, has now been released. The bill would make administration of canal safey more similar to the administration of dam safety. The Utah Division of Water Rights would be required to assess the level of risk of every canal in the state by January 1, 2012, and at least once every five years thereafter. The Division would assess whether a canal is high risk, medium risk, or low risk. If a canal is high risk or requires repairs or maintenance, the canal would be placed on a "canal action list." The canal company would then be responsible to develop a remediation plan to make the necessary repairs or maintenance. A canal company is not eligible for funding from the Division or from the Board of Water Resources unless the an approved remediation plan is in place.

Click here to read the full text of the bill.

(For an update on this bill, click here.)

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