AREA 61 - UPPER SEVIER RIVER

Updated: April 13, 2011

  MANAGEMENT

The Sevier River Decree of 1937 (issued after compilation of a proposed determination of water rights by the State Engineer in the 1920s) apportioned most surface waters. Some diligence claims have been filed on isolated springs that may have been overlooked by the decree. The State Engineer administers a distribution system to oversee allocation of many of the awards. Click here to see statistics for this area.

  SOURCES

Surface and Ground Water - The Sevier River Decree of 1937 (issued after compilation of a proposed determination of water rights by the State Engineer in the 1920s) apportioned most surface waters. Some diligence claims have been filed on isolated springs that may have been overlooked by the decree. The State Engineer administers a distribution system to oversee allocation of many of the awards. Click here to see statistics for this area.

  GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT PLAN

Effective November 5, 1997 the area is subject to the conditions of the Sevier River Basin Groundwater Policy. The policy was created to address issues raised after study of the basin hydrology and management alternatives. The major issue discussed was the close hydrologic connection between the surface water and ground water.

  GENERAL

Applications in this area are advertised in the Garfield County News, Richfield Reaper, or Southern Utah News newspapers. The general figure for irrigation diversion duty in this area is 3 acre-feet per acre. However, some high-elevation, short-season meadows may require only 2 acre-feet per acre. The consumptive use requirement is determined from the publication Consumptive Use of Irrigated Crops in Utah, Research Report 145, Utah State University, 1994, unless the applicant submits other data for consideration. This area is administered by the Sevier River/Southern Regional Office in Richfield.

Other requirements

The Water Right applicant is strongly cautioned that other permits may be required before any physical development of a project can begin and it is the responsibility of the applicant to determine the applicability of and acquisition of such permits. In order to avoid delays and ensure that Water Right approvals conform to applicable local ordinances, applicants should contact local governmental entities in advance to determine what ordinances are in place that affect the proposed project and to make sure that Water Right filings conform to those ordinances. The approval of a Water Right application does not imply any approval of a project by any other governmental entity. Approval of the project proposed in the Water Right application should be obtained from local governmental entities as necessary to implement a project.

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Policy area in green,
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  DESCRIPTION

Extending from the northern portion of Kane County (T39S) through Garfield and Piute Counties to the southern portion of Sevier County (T24S), this drainage area includes the headwaters of the Sevier River, the East Fork of the Sevier River, Otter Creek, Panguitch Creek, Mammoth Creek, and Asay Creek and storage facilities at Koosharem, Otter Creek, Panguitch Lake, Piute, and Tropic Reservoirs.