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Stegner Center Green Bag – Water Banking

February 18 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

A Wallace Stegner Center Green Bag

12:15-1:15 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law, Moot Courtroom (Level 6)
Successfully stewarding Utah’s limited water resources is a difficult and challenging task. The proposed Utah Water Banking Act (“Act”) is one tool providing local water users greater flexibility in meeting increasing demand and changing conditions. The Act is the result of an intensive collaborative stakeholder process and works in concert with a number existing state water policies and programs.

The Act is a 10-year pilot project that promotes the creation of voluntary local water banks to coordinate the temporary leasing and optimization of local water rights. To become a water bank under the Act, interested water users must first meet to determine the interest, scope, scale, and function of their local water bank. When ready, local water users complete an application process with the Utah Board of Water Resources (“Board”) intended to notify the public about the water bank’s proposed operations. Complete applications are approved by the Board. The Act requires regular reporting and addresses how water users are protected if a bank is terminated or in default. The Act also employs existing law, like the Change Application process, water users are familiar with and trust.

The Utah Water Banking Act is an exciting and innovative means of water management for Utah to explore. This Green Bag will discuss the process to create the Utah Water Banking act, upcoming demonstration projects, and how the Act fits into larger water policy and priorities.

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1 hour of CLE (pending). Lunch provided.
No registration required. Free and open to the public.

Emily E. Lewis is an attorney at the law firm of Clyde Snow & Sessions in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ms. Lewis focuses her practice primarily on water law and works with both individual rural water users and organized water entities to settle or litigate complex water disputes. Ms. Lewis is an adjunct assistant professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law teaching water law and frequently presents at various water law conferences and events throughout the state of Utah. Prior to joining Clyde Snow, Ms. Lewis represented the Utah State Engineer in comprehensive Water Rights General Adjudications across the state.​”


This event is sponsored by the University Credit Union.

For questions about this event contact Kris (801) 585-3440.

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February 18
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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College of Law
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S. J. Quinney College of Law
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Salt Lake City, UT 84112 United States
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