Tuesday, December 21, 2010

2011 Legislature: Water Law Modifications

Senator Margaret Dayton has introduced a bill to make some changes to Utah Code section 73-3-17. The bill has been numbered Senate Bill 26 (S.B. 26) and is entitled "Water Law Modifications."

Most of the proposed changes in the bill are small, technical changes. The most significant change relates to certificates of beneficial use (aka certificates of appropriation) that are issued by the State Engineer. Currently, the law requires the water right owner to record the certificate with the appropriate county recorder's office within 30 days after the certificate has been issued. This bill removes the recording requirement, but provides that a water right owner may record the certificate if he/she wants to.

To read the full text of the bill, click here.

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

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