Allocates appropriations for the Department of Environmental Quality for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020, and ending June 30, 2021. The legislation includes specific appropriations that shall not lapse at the end of FY 2020.
Outlines the water policies of the state, including the promotion of water conservation, efficiency, and the optimal use of water resources; water resource development and the creation of new water infrastructure necessary to meet the state’s growing demand and promote economic development; compliance with state statutes regarding Lake Powell pipeline development and Bear River development; the timely replacement of aging or inefficient water resource, drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure; and water quality in rivers and lakes that complies with state clean water and safe drinking water statutes and protects public health.
Extends the availability of the income tax credit related to certain alternative fuel heavy-duty vehicles. The tax credit is reduced incrementally from 2020 to 2029.
Grants the Public Service Commission rulemaking authority to enact rules establishing procedures for the review and approval of a wildland fire protection plan.
Requires that certain fires be exempted from certain regulations. Prohibits a governmental agency from prohibiting fires being started when the U.S. National Weather Service clearing index for the area where the fire is to occur is above a certain level.
Outlines prohibited acts related to water facilities that are used for the diversion, transportation, distribution, measurement, collection, or storage of stormwater, wastewater, or sewage.
Amends the definition of rural gas infrastructure to include the acquisition, extension, or expansion of natural gas utility facilities to serve previously underserved rural areas of the state.
Allows for the exercise of eminent domain for trails that are regionally significant. Regionally significant trails are defined as trails that cross the boundaries of two or more counties, two or more cities, or a county and municipality.
Modifies provisions applicable to the purchase of Greenbelt property for transportation corridor preservation.
Enacts the Watershed Council Act to create the Utah Watersheds Council within the Department of Natural Resources. The Council will develop diverse and balanced stakeholder forums for discussion of water policy and resource issues at watershed and state levels that are not vested with regulatory, infrastructure financing, or enforcement powers or responsibilities; and use local expertise and resources found in universities and other research institutions or in regional, state, and federal agencies. the executive director of the Department of Environmental Quality is included as a member of the Council. the Council will facilitate communication and coordination between the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Agriculture and Food, the Department of Environmental Quality, and other state and federal agencies in the administration and implementation of water-related activities.
Creates the Vehicle Emissions Reduction Program Restricted Account and creates the Vehicle Emissions Reduction Program to provide financial assistance in the purchase of a motor vehicle that is model 2003 or older, failed its emissions inspection, is registered or regularly operates in a county that is located in a nonattainment area or is required to have an emissions inspection, among other criteria. Establishes certain criteria by which a person may participate in the program to receive funds to assist them with purchasing eligible replacement vehicles and requires certain local health departments to assist in administering the program. Requires the Air Quality Board to make rules for the administration of the program. Requires the Division of Air Quality under certain circumstances to conduct a public service campaign for the program.
Modifies the carry-forward provisions of the recycling market development zone income tax credits by allowing a carry-forward for the amount of the credit that the claimant did not use during the taxable year and limiting the carry-forward to the credit allowed for purchases of machinery and equipment.
Exempts electric motor vehicles from local emissions compliance fees.
Proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to rewrite a provision relating to municipal water rights and sources of water supply, eliminate references to municipal waterworks, and specify the circumstances where they may supply water outside their boundary or water service area.
Amends the definition of “air quality standards” to mean that a vehicle’s emissions are equal to or cleaner than the standards established in Bin 4 Table S04-1 of 40 C.F.R. 86.1811-04(c)(6). Amends the definition of a “qualifying electric vehicle” to mean that the vehicle meets air quality standards, is not fueled by natural gas, draws propulsion energy from a battery with at least 10-kilowatt hours of capacity, and is an OEM vehicle as described. Amends the definition of “qualifying plug-in hybrid vehicle” to mean a vehicle that meets air quality standards, is not fueled by natural gas or propane, has a battery capacity that meets or exceeds the battery capacity described in Subsection 30D(b)(3), Internal Revenue Code, and is fueled by a combination of electricity and diesel fuel, gasoline, or a mixture of gasoline and ethanol.
Addresses the metering of pressurized secondary water and requires the metering of secondary water under certain circumstances. Defines a secondary water supplier as one that supplies pressurized secondary water to a commercial, industrial, institutional, or residential user. A secondary water supplier shall meter the use of the pressurized secondary water by December 31, 2040. If a secondary water provider acquires a metering device that has the ability to provide flow data, usage data, or both, in real-time, the secondary water provider shall make the data available to the user in an open-source format upon request.
Requires the Division of Water Rights to prepare a report about the agricultural use of water.