.................... moves to amend H.F. No. 683 as follows:
Delete everything after the enacting clause and insert:
"Section 1. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 103G.271, subdivision 1, is amended to
Subdivision 1. Permit required.
(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), the state,
a person, partnership, or association, private or public corporation, county, municipality,
or other political subdivision of the state may not appropriate or use waters of the state
without a water use permit from the commissioner.
(b) This section does not apply to use for a water supply by less than 25 persons
for domestic purposes, except as required by the commissioner under section 103G.287,
1.11subdivision 4, paragraph (b)
(c) The commissioner may issue a state general permit for appropriation of water to a
governmental subdivision or to the general public. The general permit may authorize more
than one project and the appropriation or use of more than one source of water. Water use
permit processing fees and reports required under subdivision 6 and section
, are required for each project or water source that is included under a general
permit, except that no fee is required for uses totaling less than 15,000,000 gallons annually.
Sec. 2. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 103G.271, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
Subd. 4. Minimum use exemption and local approval of low use permits.
Except for local permits under section
103B.211, subdivision 4
, a water use permit is not
required for the appropriation and use of less than
a minimum amount prescribed by
1.22 the commissioner by rule 10,000 gallons per day and totaling no more than one million
1.23gallons per year, except as required by the commissioner under section 103G.287,
1.24subdivision 4, paragraph (b)
(b) Water use permits for more than the minimum amount but less than an
intermediate amount prescribed by rule must be processed and approved at the municipal,
county, or regional level based on rules adopted by the commissioner.
(c) The rules must include provisions for reporting to the commissioner the amounts
of water appropriated under local permits.
Sec. 3. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 103G.287, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
Subd. 4. Groundwater management areas. (a)
The commissioner may designate
groundwater management areas and limit total annual water appropriations and uses within
a designated area to ensure sustainable use of groundwater that protects ecosystems, water
quality, and the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Water appropriations
and uses within a designated management area must be consistent with a plan approved by
the commissioner that addresses water conservation requirements and water allocation
priorities established in section
2.14(b) Within designated groundwater management areas, the commissioner may
2.15require permits as specified in section 103G.271 for all water users, including those using
2.16less than 10,000 gallons per day or one million gallons per year and water supplies serving
2.17less than 25 persons for domestic purposes.
Sec. 4. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 103G.291, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
Subd. 3. Water supply plans; demand reduction.
(a) Every public water supplier
serving more than 1,000 people must submit a water supply plan to the commissioner
for approval by January 1, 1996. In accordance with guidelines developed by the
commissioner, the plan must address projected demands, adequacy of the water supply
system and planned improvements, existing and future water sources, natural resource
impacts or limitations, emergency preparedness, water conservation, supply and demand
reduction measures, and allocation priorities that are consistent with section
Public water suppliers must update their plan and, upon notification, submit it to the
commissioner for approval every ten years.
(b) The water supply plan in paragraph (a) is required for all communities in the
metropolitan area, as defined in section
, with a municipal water supply system
and is a required element of the local comprehensive plan required under section
Water supply plans or updates submitted after December 31, 2008, must be consistent
with the metropolitan area master water supply plan required under section
subdivision 1, paragraph (a), clause (2).
(c) Public water suppliers serving more than 1,000 people must encourage
water conservation by employing water use demand reduction measures, as defined in
subdivision 4, paragraph (a), before requesting approval from the commissioner of health
144.383, paragraph (a)
, to construct a public water supply well or requesting
an increase in the authorized volume of appropriation. The demand reduction measures
3.6must include a conservation rate structure, as defined in subdivision 4, if the public water
3.7supplier is using groundwater from an area that has been identified by the commissioner
3.8as a groundwater area of concern prior to July 1, 2013.
The commissioner of natural
resources and the water supplier shall use a collaborative process to achieve demand
reduction measures as a part of a water supply plan review process.
(d) Public water suppliers serving more than 1,000 people must submit records
that indicate the number of connections and amount of use by customer category and
volume of water unaccounted for with the annual report of water use required under
103G.281, subdivision 3
(e) For the purposes of this section, "public water supplier" means an entity that owns,
manages, or operates a public water supply, as defined in section
144.382, subdivision 4
Sec. 5. Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 103G.291, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
Subd. 4. Demand reduction measures.
(a) For the purposes of this section,
"demand reduction measures" means measures that reduce water demand, water losses,
peak water demands, and nonessential water uses. Demand reduction measures must
include a conservation rate structure, or a uniform rate structure with a conservation
program that achieves demand reduction. A "conservation rate structure" means a rate
structure that encourages conservation and may include increasing block rates, seasonal
rates, time of use rates, individualized goal rates, or excess use rates. If a conservation
rate is applied to multifamily dwellings, the rate structure must consider each residential
unit as an individual user.
(b) To encourage conservation, a public water supplier serving more than 1,000
people must implement demand reduction measures by January 1, 2015. The demand
3.29reduction measures must include a conservation rate structure, as defined in subdivision 4,
3.30if the public water supplier is using groundwater from an area that has been identified by
3.31the commissioner as a groundwater area of concern prior to July 1, 2013.
Amend the title accordingly