Extreme drought and climate change have highlighted the need for Utah to stretch our water supply and improve efficiency. The Division of Water Resources follows legislation as part of its mission to plan, conserve, develop and protect Utah’s water resources. Water legislation may directly result in funding, actions or adjustments that impact how we enact our mission. You can track legislation at the Utah State Legislature site.
Note that not all water legislation applies to the division. Other state agencies that deal with water include the Department of Agriculture and Food, Division of Drinking Water, Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, Division of Water Rights, Division of Water Quality and Office of Administrative Rules.
2022 was a record year for water legislation, and 2023 is shaping up to be just as critical. Read more in the tabs below.
2023 Water Legislation
Numerous bills related to water are being introduced this legislative session. The governor’s proposed budget would allocate $561 million for water and conservation, with $132.9 million focused on Great Salt Lake. $200 million would go towards agricultural optimization. If approved, this would be a significant investment for the state’s water resources, impacting our division and sister agencies.
The division director presented a review of the division’s duties and programs to the Legislative Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee on January 23, 2023.
Check back here soon for more information.