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2007 Water Law & Policy Seminars The Water In Your Future How to Put Our Colorado River to Use Jerry Olds State Engineer Objectives Upper Colorado River Basin Utah Apportionment Current level of water use How much unused water Approved yet undeveloped Future issues

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2007 Water Law &

Policy Seminars

The Water In Your Future

How to Put Our Colorado River to Use

Jerry Olds

State Engineer

objectives
Objectives
  • Upper Colorado River Basin Utah Apportionment
  • Current level of water use
  • How much unused water
  • Approved yet undeveloped
  • Future issues
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Colorado River Basin

Utah’s Apportionment

1922

Colorado River Compact

1948

Upper Basin Compact

Other Acts, Treaties

And Agreements

Utah - apportioned 23 %

1.37 – 1.44 MAF

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Utah’s

Upper Colorado River

Entitlement &

Current Depletions

Utah’s Apportionment (23%) 1,369,000 AF

Current Depletion 1,007,500 AF

Remaining Depletion 361,500 AF

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Potential Depletion

Approved Applications (Undeveloped)

Applicant Quantity (Ac Ft)

San Juan County WCD 30,000

Central Utah WCD 29,500

Board of W R (et al) 158,000

Wayne County WCD 50,000

Kane County WCD 30,000

Sanpete WCD 5,600

Uintah County WCD 5,000

Others (< 5000 AF) 80,000*

Ute Tribe ? 105,000

  TOTAL 493,100

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There is no argument that the

Navajo Nation have water rights,

Navajo Nation

Water Rights

the question is how much?

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DRAFT – Subject to revision

Potential Depletion

Approved Applications (Undeveloped)

Applicant Quantity (Ac Ft) Priority

SJ County WCD 30,000 1966

CUWCD 29,500 1965

Bd of W R (et al) 158,000 1958

Wayne CWCD 50,000 1960

Kane CWCD 30,000 1964

Sanpete WCD 5,600 1941

Uintah CWCD 5,000 1965

Others (< 5000 AF) 80,000 (40,000 < 1965) na

Ute Tribe ? 105,000 1861*

Navajo Nation? 50 -150,000 1884*

593,100

extension of time 73 3 12
Extension of Time (73-3-12)
  • Public water supply agency
  • First 50 years Reasonable and due diligence
  • After 50 years Demonstrate the need for the water
  • Number of applications approaching 50 years
current policy regarding protection of fish flows
Current Policy RegardingProtection of Fish Flows
  • Biological Opinion Nov 1992
  • Adopted by SE in Nov 1994
  • Flaming Gorge to Duchesne River as measured at Jensen gage
  • Summer and Autumn Period Target Flows Summer 1,100 –1800 CFS Autumn 1,100 – 2,400 CFS
  • Future water needs - 20 CFS
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Upstream development by

Wyoming & Colorado

new issues related to protection of fisheries flows
New Issues Related toProtection of Fisheries Flows
  • Year-round protection
  • Green River - Flaming Gorge to confluence
  • Future water use
  • Will be addressing – flow protection
colorado river water policy issues
Colorado RiverWater Policy Issues
  • Use Utah’s Apportionment
  • Current Policy 1 family, stock & 1 acre of irrigation
  • Approved yet undeveloped applications Extensions past 50 years
  • Close to new appropriations
  • Block of water for small domestic wells Limit to 1 family, stock & ¼ acre irr
  • Fixed time applications
  • Protection of fisheries flows
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Thank You

Questions?