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Protect Water Historical Consumptive Use Analysis

Concerning protection of the historical consumptive use analysis of a water right involved in a water conservation program.
2017 Regular Session
Bill Summary

When a water right owner wishes to change a water right, the amount of water that can be changed is limited to the historical consumptive use of the water right. Current law provides that the reduced water usage that results from participation in a government-sponsored water conservation program will not be considered in analyzing the historical consumptive use of the water right, but only in water divisions 4, 5, or 6. The bill applies this rule statewide, includes water conservation pilot programs, and limits state agencies that can approve a water conservation program to only those that have explicit statutory jurisdiction over water conservation or water rights.

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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Bill Text

  • All Versions (7 )
    Date Bill Type Documents
    05/03/2017 Signed Act PDF
    04/27/2017 Final Act PDF
    04/12/2017 Rerevised PDF
    04/11/2017 Revised PDF
    03/24/2017 Reengrossed PDF
    03/23/2017 Engrossed PDF
    03/07/2017 Introduced PDF

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details