IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE — WATER RIGHTS AND RECLAMATION
GROUND WATER RECHARGE
42-4223. Contracts to receive benefits. Any privately owned electrical generating company, or any person or entity who has acquired or is in the process of acquiring a right to appropriate water downstream from the boundaries of the district may enter into a contract with the board of directors of the aquifer recharge district for the receipt of benefits from the district. The consideration to be paid by any company, person or entity so contracting shall be as specified in the contract. Approval of any such contract by the director of the department of water resources shall be required before the contract shall become effective.
A contract executed and approved as herein provided may be used by the department of water resources as the basis for issuance of a permit to the electrical generating company or downstream appropriator for the appropriation and storage of such water as shall become available thereto as a result of the functioning of the district. Water appropriated under any such permit shall be deemed to be stored water and the use and manner of appropriation thereof shall be subject to all applicable limitations and restrictions imposed by law, including the provisions of subsection (3) of section 42-4201 or subsection (3) of section 42-234, Idaho Code.
Prior to the formation of the aquifer recharge district, any such electrical generating company or downstream appropriator may file with the director of the department of water resources a letter of intent to enter into such a contract.
[42-4223, added 1978, ch. 293, sec. 1, p. 736; am. 1982, ch. 204, sec. 5, p. 542; am. 2009, ch. 242, sec. 3, p. 744.]