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Approval of Ute Indian Water Compact, Utah Code 73-21-1


Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation


Ute Indian Water Compact


Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation




Great Basin Region


In the Matter of the General Determination of All the Rights to the Use of Water, Both Surface and Underground, Within 10 the Drainage Area of the Uinta Basin in Utah, Civil No. 560800056CV, Duchesne County, UT

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Settlement Agreement and State Legislation



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Settlement Agreement/State Legislation: Approval of Ute Indian Water Compact, Utah Code 73-21-1 (1980). Parties: Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservations, UT, and US. Unsigned. The purpose of this Compact is resolve the claims of the Ute Tribe over the quantification, distribution, and use of all waters claimed. The Compact apportions, confirms, and recognizes the rights of the Tribe from the waters apportioned to UT from the Colorado River System. The right of the Tribe and others includes the depletion in the amount of 248,943 acre-feet per annum, and the diversion requirement of 471,035 acre-feet per annum, from all sources as set out in the "Tabulation of Ute Indian Water Rights". Tribal Land groups 1-5 have a priority of Oct. 3, 1861, except for water supplied from storage in the Central Utah Project (having one priority for all users), and land groups have a priority of Jan. 5, 1882, unless indicated otherwise in the Tabulation. The tribe shall have a depletion right of 10,000 acre-feet of water annually from the Green River with a priority of Oct. 3, 1861 for M&I purposes. This amount shall include reserved rights for domestic, municipal industrial or related uses. No water allocated pursuant to this Compact shall be subject to loss or forfeiture. It may be used for any purpose. It may be sourced in ground or surface water. Leasing is allowed. Any state water rights acquired by the Tribe for land to which a reserved right is recognized herein shall be forfeited. Practicably irrigable acreages include (1) tribal lands and individual Indian allotments; (2) Uintah Indian Irrigation Project lands, which include tribal lands, allotments, and some private lands which were originally allotted lands; and (3) lands distributed to former tribal members terminated under the Ute Partition Act, 3, 1861, and for municipal and industrial purposes, which shall be diverted from the Green River. The total acreage under or susceptible to irrigation is as 129,201 acres, reduced by 7% to 120,157 acres to reflect roads, yards, fences, rights-of-way, and other non-productive lands. All lands are in the Uintah Reservation. The tribe may acquire additional state law water rights. UT has general administrative supervision of any water up to points of diversion from the main source. The US & the Tribe shall have general administrative supervision of waters within the canal systems. The US & Tribe do not need to make application to the State to change place of use when change to place is on the same canal system. The parties agree to expedite the development of water projects for group 5 lands under the Central Utah Project. [Source:]


Utah Statute. 4 pages.

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