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HF 4003

1st Engrossment - 90th Legislature (2017 - 2018) Posted on 04/16/2018 04:44pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.
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A bill for an act
relating to waters; temporarily prohibiting enforcement of certain water
appropriation permit conditions.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginTEMPORARY ENFORCEMENT OF GROUNDWATER
APPROPRIATION PERMIT REQUIREMENTS.
new text end

new text begin (a) Until July 1, 2019, the commissioner of natural resources must not expend funds to
suspend or revoke a water appropriation permit, issue an order requiring a violation to be
corrected, assess monetary penalties, or otherwise take enforcement action against a water
appropriation permit holder if the suspension, revocation, order, penalty, or other enforcement
action is based solely on a violation of a permit requirement added as a result of a court
order issued in 2017.
new text end

new text begin (b) The commissioner of natural resources may continue to use all the authorities granted
to the commissioner under Minnesota Statutes, section 103G.287, to manage groundwater
resources within the north and east groundwater management area.
new text end

Sec. 2. new text beginGROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT AREA; PERMIT REQUIREMENTS.
new text end

new text begin (a) Notwithstanding water appropriation permit requirements added by the commissioner
of natural resources as a result of a court order issued in 2017, a public water supplier located
in the seven-county metropolitan area within a designated groundwater management area:
new text end

new text begin (1) is not required to revise a water supply plan to include contingency plans to fully or
partially convert its water supplies to surface water;
new text end

new text begin (2) may prepare, enact, and enforce commercial or residential irrigation bans or alternative
measures that achieve similar water use reductions when notified by the commissioner of
natural resources that lake levels have fallen below court-ordered levels; and
new text end

new text begin (3) is not required to use per capita residential water use as a measure for purposes of
water use reduction goals, plans, and implementation and may submit water use plans and
reports that use a measure other than per capita residential water use.
new text end

new text begin (b) This section expires July 1, 2019.
new text end