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.
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