Bill Text: AZ HB2675 | 2020 | Fifty-fourth Legislature 2nd Regular | Introduced

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Bill Title: Water conservation notice; no abandonment

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 4-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2020-03-10 - Senate majority caucus: Do pass [HB2675 Detail]

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REFERENCE TITLE: water conservation notice; no abandonment

 

 

 

 

State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Fifty-fourth Legislature

Second Regular Session

2020

 

 

HB 2675

 

Introduced by

Representatives Griffin: Bowers, Dunn, Nutt

 

 

AN ACT

 

amending sections 45-141, 45-188 and 45-189, Arizona Revised Statutes; amending Title 45, chapter 1, article 7, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding section 45-189.01; relating to waters.

 

 

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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Section 45-141, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE45-141.  Public nature of waters of the state; beneficial use; reversion to state; actions not constituting abandonment or forfeiture

A.  The waters of all sources, flowing in streams, canyons, ravines or other natural channels, or in definite underground channels, whether perennial or intermittent, flood, waste or surplus water, and of lakes, ponds and springs on the surface, belong to the public and are subject to appropriation and beneficial use as provided in this chapter.

B.  Beneficial use shall be the basis, measure and limit to the use of water.  

C.  Except as otherwise provided in this title or in title 48, when the owner of a right to the use of water ceases or fails to use the water appropriated for five successive years, the right to the use shall cease, and the water shall revert to the public and shall again be subject to appropriation.  

D.  Underground water storage, pursuant to chapter 3.1 of this title, for future beneficial use of waters appropriated pursuant to this chapter does not constitute an abandonment or forfeiture.

E.  The following water exchange arrangements or substitutions do not constitute an abandonment or forfeiture of all or any portion of a right to use surface water:

1.  Exchanging surface water for groundwater, effluent, Colorado River water, including water delivered through the central Arizona project, or another source of surface water pursuant to chapter 4 of this title.

2.  Substituting groundwater, effluent, Colorado River water, including water delivered through the central Arizona project, or another source of surface water for surface water.

F.  Conservation of water pursuant to a water conservation plan notice filed with the director as prescribed by section 45-189.01 does not constitute an ABANDONMENT or FORFEITURE of the water conserved.END_STATUTE

Sec. 2.  Section 45-188, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE45-188.  Future rights acquired through appropriation; rights within service area of agricultural or municipal provider

A.  Any person who is entitled to divert or withdraw public waters of the state through an appropriation and evidenced by a certificate of water right issued under article 5 of this chapter, a court decree, or previous possession or continued beneficial use and who intentionally abandons the use thereof or who voluntarily fails, without sufficient cause, to beneficially use all or any part of the right to withdraw for any period of five successive years shall relinquish such right or portion thereof.  The rights relinquished shall revert to the state, and the waters affected by such rights shall become available for appropriation to the extent they are not lawfully claimed or used by existing appropriators.

B.  If a use or claim is subject to forfeiture by nonuse, failure by the appropriator to use water within a five year period does not result in a forfeiture of the associated water right if water use is resumed before the occurrence of the earlier of any of the following:

1.  The initiation of proceedings pursuant to section 45‑189 to determine whether the right has been forfeited or abandoned.

2.  The filing by a third party of a statement of claimant in a general adjudication instituted pursuant to article 9 of this chapter that asserts the right to use water from the stream in which the subject nonuse has occurred.

3.  The assertion by a third party of written objections in response to an application by the appropriator to sever and transfer the right pursuant to section 45‑172.

C.  Conservation of water pursuant to a water conservation plan notice filed with the director as prescribed by section 45-189.01 does not constitute an ABANDONMENT or FORFEITURE of the water conserved.END_STATUTE

Sec. 3.  Section 45-189, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE45-189.  Reversion of rights due to nonuse; notice; hearing; order; exception

A.  When it appears to the director that a person entitled to the use of water has not beneficially used all or a portion of the water right for a period of five or more consecutive years, and it appears that the right has or may have reverted to the state because of such nonuse, as provided by section 45‑141 and section 45‑188, subsection A, the director shall notify such person to show cause at an administrative hearing why the right or portion of the right should not be declared relinquished.

B.  The notice shall contain:

1.  The time and place of the hearing.

2.  A description of the water right, including the approximate location of the point of diversion, the general description of the lands or places where such waters were used, the water source, the amount involved, the purpose of use, the apparent authority upon on which the right is based and the factual basis for the notice to show cause.

3.  A statement that unless sufficient cause is shown the water right will be declared relinquished.

C.  The notice shall be served at least thirty days before the hearing.

D.  The director shall make an order determining whether such water right has been relinquished and give notice to each party of the order by serving such persons at their last known addresses.

E.  For the purposes of this section, section 45‑141, subsection C and section 45‑188, subsection A, the following reasons shall be sufficient cause for nonuse:

1.  Drought, or other unavailability of water.

2.  Active service in the armed forces of the United States during military crisis.

3.  Nonvoluntary service in the armed forces of the United States.

4.  The operation of legal proceedings.

5.  Federal, state or local laws imposing land or water use restrictions, or acreage limitations, or production quotas.

6.  Compliance with an applicable conservation requirement established by the director pursuant to chapter 2, article 9 of this title.

7.  The water right is the subject of a water conservation Plan notice filed with the director as prescribed by section 45-189.01.

7.  8.  With respect to a water right appropriated for an irrigation use, either of the following:

(a)  Pendency of a proceeding before a court or the director to change the permitted use from irrigation to municipal or other uses pursuant to a court decree or section 45‑156 or to sever the right from the land to which it is appurtenant and transfer it for municipal use pursuant to section 45‑172.

(b)  After a change in the permitted use from irrigation to municipal pursuant to a court decree or section 45‑156 or 45‑172, insufficient demand for the water by the municipal users.

8.  9.  Any other reason that a court of competent jurisdiction deems would warrant nonuse.

F.  Section 45‑114, subsections A and B govern administrative proceedings, rehearing or review and judicial review of final decisions of the director under this section. END_STATUTE

Sec. 4.  Title 45, chapter 1, article 7, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 45-189.01, to read:

START_STATUTE45-189.01.  Water conservation plan notice; filing; exemption; extensions

A.  A water right holder may file with the director a water conservation plan notice at any time.  A water conservation plan notice shall include the following:

1.  The name and address of the owner of record of the water RIGHTS that are subject to the water conservation plan.

2.  A summary of all water rights that are subject to the water conservation plan.

3.  The place and purpose of the use of the identified water rights and the historical and current water use.

4.  A description of any water conservation measures that have been implemented and any planned water conservation measures.

5.  Any other information deemed necessary by the director. 

B.  On filing a water conservation plan notice, the water rights that are prescribed in the notice are not subject to a claim of abandonment or nonuse.  A person may not accrue long-term storage credits for any water that is PRESCRIBED in a water conservation plan notice filed pursuant to this section.

C.  The DIRECTOR may grant ten-year extensions for a water conservation plan notice up to a period of forty years after the date the water conservation Plan notice is ORIGINALLY filed with the director.END_STATUTE

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