IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE — WATER RIGHTS AND RECLAMATION
APPROPRIATION OF WATER — GENERAL PROVISIONS
42-108. Change in point of diversion, place of use, period of use, or nature of use — Application of act. The person entitled to the use of water or owning any land to which water has been made appurtenant either by a decree of the court or under the provisions of the constitution and statutes of this state, may change the point of diversion, period of use, or nature of use, and/or may voluntarily abandon the use of such water in whole or in part on the land which is receiving the benefit of the same and transfer the same to other lands, if the water rights of others are not injured by such change in point of diversion, place of use, period of use, or nature of use, provided; if the right to the use of such water, or the use of the diversion works or irrigation system is represented by shares of stock in a corporation or if such works or system is owned and/or managed by an irrigation district, no change in the point of diversion, place of use, period of use, or nature of use of such water shall be made or allowed without the consent of such corporation or irrigation district. Any permanent or temporary change in period or nature of use in or out-of-state for a quantity greater than fifty (50) cfs or for a storage volume greater than five thousand (5,000) acre-feet shall require the approval of the legislature, except that any temporary change within the state of Idaho for a period of less than three (3) years may be approved by the director without legislative approval.
Any person desiring to make such change of point of diversion, place of use, period of use, or nature of use of water shall make application for change with the department of water resources under the provisions of section 42-222, Idaho Code. After the effective date of this act, no person shall be authorized to change the period of use or nature of use, point of diversion or place of use of water unless he has first applied for and received approval of the department of water resources under the provisions of section 42-222, Idaho Code.
[(42-108) R.S., sec. 3157; 1899, p. 380, sec. 11; reen. R.C. & C.L., sec. 3247; C.S., sec. 5563; I.C.A., sec. 41-108; am. 1943, ch. 53, sec. 1, p. 101; am. 1947, ch. 80, sec. 1, p. 130; am. 1969, ch. 303, sec. 1, p. 905; am. 1981, ch. 147, sec. 1, p. 253; am. 1986, ch. 313, sec. 1, p. 764.]